Jacob Boehme Bibliography
|Bibliographies of Boehme abound, but they are often selective and dated. This work
is an attempt to fill the gap by providing a more comprehensive Boehme bibliography. I include here both work on
Boehme and his teaching, as well as work on his influence, both on individuals and on groups, and on specific works.
There are works included, therefore, in which his name may not be mentioned at all, but in which there is good
reason to believe that his influence is strong (for instance, in Schelling's Philosophische
Untersuchungen über das Wesen der menschlichen Freiheit or Berdyaev's
The Destiny of Man).
There is one major omission in this bibliography. I have not recounted all the different editions of Boehme's own work, in the various languages to which they have been translated. This information is available in Werner Buddecke's Verzeichnis von Jakob Böhme-Handschriften and Die Jakob Böhme-Ausgaben. Less comprehensive but still useful lists can be found in major libraries, like the British Library or National Union Catalogue at the Library of Congress. I have included a few important editions of Boehme's work in German and English, but that section is by no means exhaustive. Buddecke's work on the various editions comprises over six hundred pages between two volumes, and is more or less complete until 1957. There is no need to redo his work.
The distinction between editions of Boehme's work, and secondary sources is sometimes not very clear, especially in the case of early works on Boehme. Quite a number of these seem to be discussions of Boehme, when in reality they are only compilations of his work, or segments pulled from a variety of his writings. It is therefore difficult to draw a clear line between the explication and extract, and several of the works of the seventeenth and eighteenth century fall somewhere between these two.
As much as possible, I have listed the original appearance of these works. Many were re-issued in various formats, and I have mentioned some of the more important re-issues under the original entry. I have not, however, listed all the appearances of any particular work. Occasionally I have made annotations to the entries - it would be great to get the entire list annotated, but that will not happen for awhile yet.
This bibliography has benefitted from the contributions of David Konig, in Paris and Martin Thurner in Germany.
This bibliography is located at http://pegasus.cc.ucf.edu/~janzb/boehme/boehmebib.htm If you wish to access the single-file edition (all entries in one long list), go to http://pegasus.cc.ucf.edu/~janzb/boehme/boehmebibsingle.htm. Both files are part of a larger page called Jacob Boehme Resources, at http://pegasus.cc.ucf.edu/~janzb/boehme.
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© Bruce B. Janz, 2009.
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Edition: 24 November 2009