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Dos-à-dos double album of Anton Günther Kirchberger and his son Johann Günther Kirchberger.
Augsburg, Erfurt, Frankfurt, Gießen, Hamburg, Jena, Tübingen, Magdeburg and other places, 1608 to 1660s. - 8vo. A total of 488 ff. with 382 entries, 54 coloured coats of arms (some raised in gilt), 3 costume illustrations, 2 allegorical illustrations, 1 coloured drawing and 1 lightly coloured pen-and-ink sketch. - I: 219 ff. with 218 entries, including 32 coats of arms (one on the reverse of the loose marbled endpaper), 2 costume illustrations (a fragmented), 1 allegorical illustration and 1 example of musical notes (f. 208). - II: 269 ff. with 164 entries, 22 coats of arms, 1 costume illustration (Livonian peasant couple, f. 220), 1 coloured landscape, 1 allegorical illustration, 1 pen-and-ink drawing, party coloured (2 Chinese costumes, inscribed in Kanji, f. 266). Dos-à-dos binding in full brown calf over wooden boards with owners' initials ("AGKAT" and "IGKLT") within giltstamped borders. Anton Günther Kirchberger (b. 1588, d. after 1652) began this album around the age of 20 (adding a full-page autobiographical introduction in later years). He served as municipal secretary and court clerk in Langensalza (Thuringia) from 1619 to 1632, later entering the services of Duke Wilhelm IV and Duke Ernst I of Saxony-Gotha. The second album, which is bound dos-à-dos with the first, belongs to his son, Johann Günther Kirchberger (1628-1674), consistorial secretary in Gotha. In 1666 he married Elisabetha Sophia Marterseck, née. Glass. As the second album is dated "1650" on the cover, it is likely that Anton Günther Kirchberger was respondible for having this unique double friendship album bound: the leaves of the first album have been slightly trimmed by the binder (with insignificant losses to some letters near the edges). - Anton Günther's album is remarkable chiefly for the great number of Gießen scholars who count among the University's founding professors: the theologian Balthasar Mentzer (1565-1627), hailed as as "father of the University of Gießen", and the anatomist Gregor Horst (1578-1636), but also the classicist and Lutheran theologian Johann Debelius (1540-1610), the theologian Gregor Schönfeld the elder (1565-1627), Heinrich XVIII "the Read-Headed" Reuß zu Obergreiz (1563-1616; with coloured coat of arms), Johann Caspar Baron Schönburg-Penig (1594-1644; with coloured coat of arms), Johann Stephan Count Auersperg (1594-1620), Andreas III Baron Auersperg (1597-1632), the brothers Sigismund Friedrich Baron Herberstein (b. ca 1595) and Christoph Leopold Graf von Herberstein (1593-1667; with coloured coat of arms; a third member of the family, Georg Andreas von Herberstein, was previously unrecorded), and Simon Malfius (1585-1648), the statesman and chancellor of the Magdeburg Abbey, who had travelled 5000 miles in diplomatic capacities, including visits to Vienna and Denmark, and Ehrenreich von Weltzer (1589-1623), son of the like-named Ehrenreich Welzer (1560-1606) and nephew of the later commander of Vienna and Neustadt, Bernhard von Welzer (1573-1636). - Among the entries in the second album, that of Caspar Schmalkalden (1616-73) stands out: having visited South America and East India as a soldier in the Dutch army, he had authored an account of his journeys containing valuanle geographical and ethnological observations with descriptions of the flora and fauna. Schmalkalden's entry is decorated with a gifted ink sketch of two Chinese men in local costume, inscribed in Chinese. W. Klose, "Stammbücher - eine kulturhistorische Betrachtung", Bibliothek und Wissenschaft, 1982, vol. 16, p. 65ff., containing an extensive discussion of this album with a special focus on university history. - R. Seeberg-Elverfeld, Revaler Eintragungen im Stammbuch des Johann Günther Kirchberger, in: Ostdt. Familienkunde, vol. 7 (1974-1976), pt. 2. [Attributes: Hard Cover]
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