The most famous and oldest book series in Germany - with its catchy yellow cover - dedicates an exhibition to the Universiätsbibliothek of the Freie Universität Berlin.
The continuously expanded series, which is familiar to many generations of pupils from German lessons, has been published for more than 150 years. The exhibition traces the history of the / Universal Library / from its beginnings in the 19th century to the present day. It documents the change in the external appearance of the Reclam notebooks and also provides an insight into their literary diversity and into German publishing and cultural history.
The exhibition also features lesser-known variants of the / Universal Library / and its sub-series, plus catalogs, advertising materials, hardcover editions and a few special features: Reclam's portable "field library", so-called camouflage (anti-war texts hidden in Reclam bindings) or "vending machine books "and a weekend library in a tear-proof metal cassette. 1867 appeared with Goethe's "Faust, a tragedy, first part" in the Leipzig publishing house / Philipp Reclam jun. / The first issue of the / universal library /.
It was followed by thousands of titles - the exact number is unknown. By the year 2017, around 600 million inexpensive book copies were sold, filling bags, satchels and book shelves with classics of German literature. Since 1970, the booklets appear yellow, but recently also orange, green, red, blue and magenta.
The Reclam collector and chairman of the Reclam Club / Literary Museum e. V., Mr. / PD Dr. phil. habil. Hans-Jochen Marquardt (Halle / Saale) curates the exhibition.
Dr. Susamnne Rothe