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Augsburg. Arms of attendants of the Diet of Augsburg and others

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Augsburg. Arms of attendants of the Diet of Augsburg and others
1584, with 17th century additions
Level of description
Extent and format
ff.viii + 331.
Pigskin binding, blind-stamped, with original clasps. On the front cover 'EBL 1604'.
Scope and content
Wappenbuech. Hierinen Roe. Kay May: sampt Chur vn Fursten Geistlichs unnd Weltlichs Standts Wappen ... (fol. v). Arms of those who attended the Diet of Augsburg, 1582, with other German arms. Consists of proof plates of the book published by Georg Brentel, burgher and painter of Laugingen (Laugingen, 1584). In his dedication (fols. vi-vii), dated 10 Sept. 1584, to an unnamed electoral prince, Brentel refers to Peter Fleischman's description of the Diet of Augsburg, and to his own knowledge and experience of arms painting.

The book is divided into six parts containing the arms, in colour, of:-
(1) Emperor Rudolf II, electors, and others present at the Diet of Augsburg, 1582. fols. 1-48;-
(2) Emperor, electors and Stift (quaternionen) followed by imperial cities and minor nobility. fols. 49-79;-
(3) Schwaben (Swabia). fols. 80-136;-
(4) Franckhen (Franconia). fols. 137-93;-
(5) Bayrn (Bavaria). fols. 194-220;-
(6) Reinlender (Rheinland). fols. 221-9.

A printed index to the Vier Länder (parts 3-6) is at fols. 230-3. Numerous further arms, in trick and colour, added in a 17th-century hand chiefly to versos, from fol. 51v. These additions partly listed by a 19th-century German hand, fols. ii-iv verso. Many further arms, in colour, added on fols. 233-331v. MS annotations include (fol. 26) a reference to the death in 1646 of the last Landgrave of Leuchtenberg.
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Archival history
Exhibited by Sir A. W. Franks, 11 Jan. 1894 (see MSS/0365).