The  Pretext  of  Mushroom  Collecting

while  Poaching  in  the  Weser  District

Decree of Charles I, duke of Brunswick-Luneburg (1713-1780, accession to the throne 1735, nephew of Emperor Charles VI and brother-in-law of Frederick the Great, founder of the Collegium Carolinum), on behalf of the pretext of collecting mushrooms while poaching in the Weser district (Höxter-Holzminden). Given Brunswick Feb. 18. 1768. 13⅝ × 16⅜ in (34.7 × 41.5 cm). 1 page. With large woodcut initial. With the ducal signature printed with the L(oco) S(igilli) mark and that of J. H. v. Bötticher.

In  this  variant  thematically  rare ,

frame-attractive  broadsheet  for  placarding

( “ and  to  be  posted  up  publicly  at  appropriate  places ” )

of unused freshness. Only in the outmost white margin two pinhead-small holes at the centerfold. – Typographic and large figurative (knight?) watermark. – On the back contemporary written note of “18. Febr: 1768.” in ink. – On Charles see Allgemeine Deutsche Biographie XV, 266 ff.

Decree of Charles I of Brunswick-Luneburg, Concerning mushroom collecting in the Weser District

“ Since … it has been noticed that poachers, when they fear to be picked up, have hidden their guns, crept around in the forests, and pretended to search mushrooms; as We decree by this … that from now on nobody furthermore shall dare to collect mushrooms without a written and each time to be shown concession granted by the superior forest servants … (otherwise they) shall be brought into arrest, and proceeded with the inquisition against them. ”

Forest and hunting servants are urged to enforce this will.

The large V initial in the version with prince’s hat and Lower Saxony’s horse without escutcheon, but with the additional small crown. Decrees from between 1705 and 1749 without these attributes.

Of  especially  effective  typography  +  original  wide  margins .

Offer no. 12,553 / EUR  371. / export price EUR  352. (c. US$ 426.) + shipping

Der hiesige Weihnachts-/Neujahrsgruß 2005 endete mit „In diesem Sinne recht schöne Weihnachtstage voll Harmonie und sammlungszugewandter Muße … “ , letzterer Wunsch in einer Grußerwiederung aufgegriffen wurde mit den Worten

„ das Gutwort des Jahres – sammlungszugewandte Muße – wunderbar, hab einigen LBA/Goethefreunden dieses Gutwort genannt. Sie haben in einer verwahrlosten Zeit ein ‚linguistisches Gespür’! “

(Herr R. K., 5. Januar 2006)


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