Some Day Your Children , Your Grandchildren Marry.
And for this here the Conversation of that Day.
Heirloom from Generation to Generation.
Just as a private Bible. But incomparably rarer. And forever connected
with Your Name as that of the Sponsor:
413 Years Old
German Wedding Regulations
as together a Cultural-Historical Top Item
for Custom + Bad Habits in the Public House
Decree by Heinrich Julius Duke of Brunswick-Luneburg (1564-1613, accession to the throne 1589) concerning the procedure of wedding celebrations. Given Gröningen near Halberstadt December 28, 1604. No place & printer, c. 1604. 1 page. With large woodcut initial. 50.8 x 37.7 cm.
Thematically eminently rare
quite remarkably early broadsheet
enacted on occasion of a marriage celebration turned rowdy seen with full ducal rage
“with Our own eyes ”
at the ducal New Inn (in Gröningen?). The description of that followed by a regulation of 9 chapters not just describing
how a marriage celebration should not be ,
but , rather , what scale it should have at all
and what staff is needed for this. And for anyone the highest wage is fixed. Up to 2 Margroschen per bushel of wheat and one per bushel of rye for the miller and his hands for “the pains taken for milling the wedding rye and wheat”.
And for the observance of all this against anybody finally inspectors and commissioners are urged and enjoined to have
“ This Our order also for anybody’s information
printed publicly announced and posted up at our New Public House . ”
That determination for using up these broadsheets owe their extraordinary rarity and the fact now, according to the ownership, grieving, now highly satisfying the collector that “they … are preserved almost only
in few copies
and by chance” (Bohatta). With these usually – so here, too – not having been used up on the bulletin boards, but being very well preserved voucher copies. The one here with two folds and remaining fold strip as sign of its preservation within an omnibus volume for which the lower margin, needless for at least 3.5 cm, had been trimmed under supposed loss of the printed signature with the printed L(oco) S(igilli) stamp. Here thus ending with
“ Given on Our House Grüningen under Our
Princely initials and seal , the 28th Decembris Anno. 1604. ”
Followed by white margin of 2 cm. – The print itself on two sheets joined seamlessly and from the front practically invisibly, each with rich though not sufficiently identifiable watermark of about 13 x 9 cm whose ornaments show characteristics of marks locally proven in the last quarter of the 16th century. E.g. those of Briquet 1982 f. + 19539, 10541 and for a possible lion’s tail tuft elsewhere (Vosges Mountains, Brussels, Wurttemberg) 10565/67 + 10569. – Uniformly slightly toned, weak little brown spot in the first paragraph, small tear in the white upper margin of the fold backed acid-freely.
In the author though we meet
“ one of the most active sovereigns of the house of Brunswick
and undisputedly the most learned prince of his age ”
(F. Spehr in Allgemeine Deutsche Biographie XI, 500 ff.).
Postulated for the episcopate Halberstadt at an age of only two years – so here, too, and still before the ducal dignity “Postulated Bishop of the Convent Halberstadt” – , he received “with his brothers a part of his education in convent house at Gröningen”, by which with the present decree the wheel charmingly comes full circle. Known for his splendid household death met him appropriately in the course of a carouse in Prague. Obviously he not remembered his warning in his edict here addressing those servants carrying messages for their marriage banqueting masters to “refrain from getting drunk”.
Not least then under this so human aspect, too, round about a
really grand and unique suspension
for which the framing-ready, acid-free decorative passepartout is included, too. And whose thematic rareness, it may be repeated, goes far beyond the general one of the broadsheet :
Since decades obliged to European statutes and proclamations as witnesses of the shaped everyday life, hundreds of these passed through here, but
for the first time now a marriage decree !
That it is altogether one of the earliest should augment your pride to own it by the i-dot highly contested by the connoisseurs.
Congratulations beforehand !
Offer no. 28,118 / EUR 1380. / export price EUR 1311. (c. US$ 1413.) + shipping
„ Heute konnte ich Ihre Sendung mit dem Blatt von Ridinger … entgegennehmen. Herzlichen Dank. Es ist ein schönes Exemplar. Ich werde es klassisch rahmen lassen … Ob ich mich davon schon zur Eröffnung des … Museums trennen möchte, oder es erst nach meinem Hinscheiden den Weg dorthin finden wird, ist noch nicht bestimmt. (Es sind ja da noch die anderen  Blätter, welche ich zuvor [anderwärts] erstanden hatte ...). Vorerst werde ich mit Freude den Anblick geniessen und verbleibe mit besten Grüssen … “
(Frau E. S., 2. September 2016)