The Schatzalp library is a true treasure trove. It contains well over
5000 books in German, French, and English, plus an additional few hundred in
languages such as Spanish, Portuguese, Italian, Hungarian, Polish, Rumanian,
Swedish, and Russian.
From the English Collection
Most books date from the end of the nineteenth and first half of
the twentieth century and are bound in fine red leather. The bulk is devoted to
the best which European literature has to offer, from Sophocles to Stendhal,
Goethe to Nietzsche, Shakespeare to Calderón.
Essays, librettos, and project drafts by Richard
Quite a few of these books are rarities prized by collectors. In
the German library there is, for example, an entire set of beautifully bound
volumes with essays, librettos, and opera projects by the composer Richard
Wagner (1813-1883), while the French library contains an exquisite collection of
Chinese poems translated by Judith Gautier, the woman Wagner bombarded with love
letters while composing his last opera.
Le Livre de Jade: Poems translated from the Chinese by
(with handwritten Chinese name of the author, „Yü-di-de“,
To the delight of history and art history buffs, the library also
contains volumes upon volumes of richly illustrated journals, weeklies, and
monthlies from the early 20th century (the Art Nouveau period) as well as a
variety of yearbooks and scientific journals.
Illustrated Journal from the beginning of the 20th
An entire section is devoted to political and cultural world
history. Apart from scientific studies, it also includes historical novels,
biographies, and memoirs. Some important works (such as Jacob Burkhardt’s famous
study on the Renaissance) are present in several languages. And there are some
exotic gems: for example Lafcadio Hearn’s fascinating Japanese ghost stories
from the end of the 19th century ...
Japan-Essays, Ghost Stories („Kwaidan“) and Novels by
The collection is rounded off by reference works for the curious:
dictionaries, geographical maps, lexica, and encyclopaedias: historical gems
from the treasure of the Schatzalp library.
Reading Room, some furniture are originals
Compiled by Prof. Monica Esposito and Prof. Urs
App, Kyoto, Japan, during their visit at Schatzalp in August