August Liebmann Mayer

The Munich art historian August Liebmann Mayer (1885 – 1944), a renowned specialist for Spanish old masters' paintings, worked at the Alte Pinakothek in Munich as of 1909 and as a professor at the Munich university as of 1920. In 1931, he had to abandon his position due to a campaign with an anti-Semitic tone directed against him in connection with his activities as a consultant in the art trade. After several months' imprisonment in 1933, Liebmann Mayer and his family emigrated to Paris at the end of 1935, later moving on to southern France. In 1944, Liebmann Mayer was arrested and deported to Auschwitz, where he was probably murdered directly after his arrival.

August Liebmann Mayer  (entry in the Deutsche Biographie)

The three books of August Liebmann Mayer found at the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek were presumably initially seized by the Gestapo headquarters in Munich in 1939. There is a high probability that originally a larger number of books from his library came to the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek. However, these were presumably destroyed by the fire in the library in 1943.

The Zentralinstitut für Kunstgeschichte (central institute for art history) had also located books owned by Liebmann Mayer in its library in the course of a research project. On 30 November 2016, these 27 volumes, together with the three from the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek, were restituted to the rightful heiress Angelika B. Mayer (born 1930). The books were handed to her attorney Markus H. Stötzel acting as agent. They will remain in the two libraries, however, since Ms. Mayer has generously given them as a donation.

Zentralinstitut für Kunstgeschichte (central institute for art history)

The three titles have been provided with a note on their provenance in the OPACplus/ BSB catalogue and can be searched by inputting "BSB-Provenienz: August Liebmann Mayer" using the "Einfache Suche" search option. In addition, a typographic exlibris in the books informs about their provenance and the fate of their owner.

BSB-Provenienz: August Liebmann Mayer  (display in the OPACplus/ BSB catalogue)