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Genealogy of the Scheurl family

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Genealogy of the Scheurl family
1591, with later additions
Level of description
Extent and format
ff. vii + 106.
Leather binding, brown, gilt-tooled, clasps broken, the arms of Scheurl stamped on the front cover (with the date 1541; an earlier stamp reused?). 'M300' on the front pastedown.
Scope and content
'Schewrl Buch' or history of the Scheurl family of Bavaria, with coloured arms and a few portraits throughout. Armorial bookplate of Christoph Scheurl, fol. i, by Jost Amman (note, fol. i); 'Schewrl Buch' in flourished gothic script, fol. ii; coloured achievement of the arms of the Scheurl family on the back pastedown, fol. vii. The main text is preceded by:- 'Wolmainende anmanung fur das Erbar Schewrl geschlecht', an admonition with ten lines of religious verse, fol. iv; two letters of Christoph Scheurl, Stattrichter (1535-92; son of Dr Christoph Scheurl) to his cousins, signed and dated 15 Sept. 1591 (fol. 1) and 1 May 1563 (fol. 2r,v), the former relating to his revision of his father's genealogical history of the family which he hoped his cousins would continue, the latter presenting a copy of his late father's history; 'Christenliche Vorred', a religious preface relating to the Ten Commandments, etc., fols. 4-12. Main text originally compiled by Dr Christoph Scheurl, 15 March 1541, consisting of historical and genealogical notes starting with Conrad Scheurl (14th century), fols. 13-95. Followed by copies of briefs of Charles V, 18 March 1541, fols. 97-9v, and Ferdinand, King of the Romans, 6 Apr. 1540, fols. 101-3, confirming the arms of the Scheurl family; and a religious epilogue in a different hand, fols. 104-6. Later MS additions throughout to c. 1652. Pedigree from Conrad Scheurl, 1385, to Christoph Wilhelm III (1679-1749), fols. 78a, b.
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Archival history
Exhibited by Sir A. W. Franks, 11 Jan. 1894 (see MSS/0365).