We print here a list of books contained in Swedenborg’s library as it was auctioned off on November 28, 1772.
One day in the late autumn of 1772 a wagon rumbled through the cobbled streets of Stockholm and stopped in front of the library of the Royal Academy of Sciences. The carters unloaded a chest and carried it into the building. For the carters it probably was routine business and in the Royal Academy’s records it is only stated that a certain amount of money had been paid for the transportation cost of “a delivered chest, containing blessed Assessor Swedenborg’s manuscripts.” We do not know what the reaction of the Academy’s Secretary Wargentin was upon receiving this chest of manuscripts and books now put in his custody. One thing we can be certain of is that neither he nor scarcely anyone else at the time realized that several of those manuscripts and books were a part of the clouds in which the Lord was making His second coming as foretold in the book of Revelation. But as the realization grew that the Lord had provided mankind with a new and deeper revelation through the Writings of His servant Emanuel Swedenborg, the interest in the contents of the chest increased. And through the almost two centuries that have passed, the Lord, in His Providence, has raised up many men who have taken a special interest in the preservation and publication of the manuscripts of Swedenborg.