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Julius Echters was a mighty and influential man in renaissance Würzburg. As a prince-bisshop he erected beautiful castles, fought wars, founded a hospital and a university, loved wine and loved books. Result of that last passion was an impressive collection of books, of which many where lost in a fire in 1572. In the years after the fire he collected a new library. One of the rarest object in that collection is his round-book (the only known renaissance example): made from five printed Antwerp editions, and fabricated by a top notch bookbinder. He added some paper to the original rectangular books in order to get the circular format, he made a refined binding and he decorated the book edges. The result is astonishing. See the site (in German) of the Würzburg University Library: http://rundbuch.franconica.uni-wuerzburg.de/