Die Cisterzienser-Abtei Bebenhausen… unter Mitwirkung von Professor Dr. Heinr. Leibniz in Tübingen und Forstrath Dr. I.A. Tscherning in Bebenhausen. Herausgegeben vom Württembergischen Alterthums-Verein.
Stuttgart, Paul Neff 1886.
Folio. xii+188pp, engr frontis, chromolitho title, 24 engr, litho & chromolitho plates, of which 4 fldg and 2 colour. Publisher’s blind and gilt-stamped cloth, a bit rubbed and dusty, recased. Occasional light foxing.
A well-illustrated monograph on the Cistercian monastery of Bebenhausen, near the town of Tübingen in Württemberg, Founded by the Palatine counts of Tübingen, the complex was taken over and expanded by Cistercian monks in 1190. After the Reformation the monastery became a Protestant school, until the eighteenth century when it was converted into a hunting lodge for the use of the Kings of Württemberg (hence its modern name, Schloss Bebenhausen). Despite its changes of function over the centuries, the mediaeval buildings are still largely as they were when the Cistercians first built them, and were therefore good raw material for nineteenth century Gothic Revivalists such as the present volume’s author Eduard Paulus. Paulus (1837-1907) was Konservator der Württembergischen Kunst- u. Altertumsdenkmäler, and involved himself in restoration and historical work both at Bebenhausen and at the nearby Cistercian abbey of Maulbronn. He does an excellent job here of recording the various buildings including the architectural and decorative details of the abbey, and he also lists some of the contents of the abbey’s archive relating to the history of the abbey and the Cistercian order. There are excellent illustrations throughout, with some atmospheric lithographs as well as more schematic illustrations showing the decorative tiles and other features.