What books did Johann Sebastian Bach have on his shelves at the time of his death?

We have a list of them.
Most of the books themselves were lost.

But not all of them.

Fortunately the book that for Bach was the most important, his three-volume Bible, has been preserved and found its way to a library in St. Louis, USA.


On each title page

Bach's signature and date: 1733.


Handwritten note by Bach on 1 Chronicles 25

"NB. This chapter is the true foundation of all God-pleasing church music."


Handwritten note by Bach on 1 Chronicles 28:21

"NB. Splendid proof that, besides other arrangements of the service of worship, music too was instituted by the Spirit of God through David."


Handwritten note by Bach on 2 Chronicles 5:13

"NB. Where there is devotional music, God is always present with his grace."



You can now acquire this unique publication.

Given the extremely costly process of production, the price for an edition of this size and quality is relatively low: €5.500,-. Until the 1st of January, 2022, a subscription price is valid of only € 4.800,-. This is a saving of € 700,-.