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Abstract

This friendship book was bound in 1615 for Joannes Carolus Erlenwein (Hans Carl Erlenwein), a student in the seminary at Fulda. The value of this book lies not only in the heraldry of fifty-five aristocratic German families at the time, but from the printed book contained within it as well: the complete first (and only) edition of Isaac Hillaire's Speculum Heroicum, including half-page engravings by Utrecht artist Crispin de Passe the Elder. The personal inscriptions in the book, the majority from his classmates at Fulda, date from 1615 to 1619, with several additional hands visible throughout. One hand has written the family names over the coats of arms on most of the personal messages from 1615; a later hand (possibly from the Erlenwein family) has added notes to many pages on the dates of births, deaths, marriages, and offices held; an even later hand created an almost complete index of the family names in the book on the last pages, and is possibly the same hand that added a second set of notations on important dates to several pages. It should be noted that the family names are spelled up to three or four different ways in the course of the friendship book; the primary spelling followed here is taken from the personal inscriptions.

Text Note

Inscriptions, coats of arms, and miniatures added by schoolmates of book's owner starting around the time the manuscript received its ownership inscription in 1614, presumably until the dedication page was completed in 1623; index on last (unnumbered) page alphabetically lists contents of book by contributor's name

Decoration Note

Sixty-three full-page painted armorials (two unfinished); thirteen full-page miniatures; one painted dedication page; one engraved armorial; from the interleaved printed copy of Hillaire's Speculum heroicum, there are engravings that include a title page, author portrait, and twenty-four half-page emblems by Crispin de Passe the Elder; text in black and brown ink

Contributors

Cataloger: Herbert, Lynley

Cataloger: Joyal, Stephanie

Cataloger: Noel, William

Editor: Herbert, Lynley

Copy editor: Joyal, Stephanie

Contributor: Bockrath, Diane

Contributor: Emery, Doug

Contributor: Noel, William

Contributor: Tabritha, Ariel

Contributor: Toth, Michael B.

Conservator: Evers, Jennifer

Conservator: Quandt, Abigail

These are pages that we pulled aside that disrupted the flow of the manuscript reader. These may be bindings, inserts, bookmarks, and various other oddities.

Upper board outside

Lower board outside

Spine

Fore-edge

Head

Tail

Keywords
German
Album
Drawing
Heraldry
Humanistic
Illustration
Miniature
Original binding
Painting
Scrapbook
Germany
17th century
Friendship book
Friendship
Watermark
Literature -- Poetry

Origin Place

Kaiserwerth and Fulda, Germany

Date

Binding dated 1615 CE

Form

book

Binding

Original Binding

Binding Description

Seventeenth-century binding, vellum over paste-board, with ornaments and stamps in black; upper cover inscribed "Ioannes Carolus Erlenwein, Caesaris Insulanus, 1615;" spine decorated with stamped hearts with flowers springing from them; yap fore-edges with slots for now missing silk ties; edges of pages marbled

Language

The primary language in this manuscript is Latin. The secondary languages of this manuscript are French, German.

Provenance

Created as friendship book for Ioannes Carolus Erlenwein of Kaiserwerth, Germany, in 1615 for his time spent at the Fulda Seminary; inscribed and decorated by his classmates, whose names are listed in the index on the last page

Owned by Erlenwein family through at least 1769, when the birth of "Joh. Math. Erlenwein" was recorded as the last in a list of descendants on page 1

Erasmushaus Antiquriatt, Basel, Switzerland, until March 2011

Maggs Bros., Berkeley Square, London, 2011

Acquisition

Museum purchase with funds provided by the Rare Book and Manuscript Acquisition Fund and the W. Alton Jones Foundation Acquisition Fund, 2012

← search Liber amicorum of Joannes Carolus Erlenwein W.922

Origin Place

Kaiserwerth and Fulda, Germany

Date

Binding dated 1615 CE

Form

book

Language

The primary language in this manuscript is Latin. The secondary languages of this manuscript are French, German.

Provenance

Created as friendship book for Ioannes Carolus Erlenwein of Kaiserwerth, Germany, in 1615 for his time spent at the Fulda Seminary; inscribed and decorated by his classmates, whose names are listed in the index on the last page

Owned by Erlenwein family through at least 1769, when the birth of "Joh. Math. Erlenwein" was recorded as the last in a list of descendants on page 1

Erasmushaus Antiquriatt, Basel, Switzerland, until March 2011

Maggs Bros., Berkeley Square, London, 2011

Acquisition

Museum purchase with funds provided by the Rare Book and Manuscript Acquisition Fund and the W. Alton Jones Foundation Acquisition Fund, 2012

Manuscript Overview

Abstract

This friendship book was bound in 1615 for Joannes Carolus Erlenwein (Hans Carl Erlenwein), a student in the seminary at Fulda. The value of this book lies not only in the heraldry of fifty-five aristocratic German families at the time, but from the printed book contained within it as well: the complete first (and only) edition of Isaac Hillaire's Speculum Heroicum, including half-page engravings by Utrecht artist Crispin de Passe the Elder. The personal inscriptions in the book, the majority from his classmates at Fulda, date from 1615 to 1619, with several additional hands visible throughout. One hand has written the family names over the coats of arms on most of the personal messages from 1615; a later hand (possibly from the Erlenwein family) has added notes to many pages on the dates of births, deaths, marriages, and offices held; an even later hand created an almost complete index of the family names in the book on the last pages, and is possibly the same hand that added a second set of notations on important dates to several pages. It should be noted that the family names are spelled up to three or four different ways in the course of the friendship book; the primary spelling followed here is taken from the personal inscriptions.

Text Note

Inscriptions, coats of arms, and miniatures added by schoolmates of book's owner starting around the time the manuscript received its ownership inscription in 1614, presumably until the dedication page was completed in 1623; index on last (unnumbered) page alphabetically lists contents of book by contributor's name

Decoration Note

Sixty-three full-page painted armorials (two unfinished); thirteen full-page miniatures; one painted dedication page; one engraved armorial; from the interleaved printed copy of Hillaire's Speculum heroicum, there are engravings that include a title page, author portrait, and twenty-four half-page emblems by Crispin de Passe the Elder; text in black and brown ink

References

Contributors

Cataloger: Herbert, Lynley

Cataloger: Joyal, Stephanie

Cataloger: Noel, William

Editor: Herbert, Lynley

Copy editor: Joyal, Stephanie

Contributor: Bockrath, Diane

Contributor: Emery, Doug

Contributor: Noel, William

Contributor: Tabritha, Ariel

Contributor: Toth, Michael B.

Conservator: Evers, Jennifer

Conservator: Quandt, Abigail

Bindings & Oddities

These are pages that we pulled aside that disrupted the flow of the manuscript reader. These may be bindings, inserts, bookmarks, and various other oddities.

Upper board outside

Lower board outside

Spine

Fore-edge

Head

Tail

Keywords
German
Album
Drawing
Heraldry
Humanistic
Illustration
Miniature
Original binding
Painting
Scrapbook
Germany
17th century
Friendship book
Friendship
Watermark
Literature -- Poetry
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