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“ To  the  Disadvantage  of  the  Public ”  –

Shortage  of  Beer  in  Our  Country !

Decree of Charles I, Duke of Brunswick-Luneburg (1713-1780) facing a “shortage of beer in several places of Our country” arisen from insufficient brewing prices because of further risen prices for cereals “by another raise of the beer price … until Easter of coming year”. Published Brunswick November 14, 1761. Without place & printer (1761). 13½ × 16⅜ in (34.4 × 41.5 cm). 1 page. With large woodcut initial with the freely jumping horse of Lower Saxony under the ducal crown. With the ducal signature printed together with the decorated L(oco) S(igilli) mark and that of A. A. v. Cramm.

Framing-worthy  Broadsheet  meant  for  the  Billboards

on untrimmed handmade paper with large armorial and small typographic watermarks and margins of 3.5-6.5 cm. – Evenly slightly browned, both the side margins not quite absolutely fresh.

Decree against shortage of beer

Contrary to the mentioned decree of Nov. 3, 1760 that left it to the brewers to sell at the lower old price further, the newly prescribed prices “inclusive tax and excise” seem to be binding for everyone as to be observed in later years (Apr. 26, 1762, May 28, 1762, Oct. 8, 1762 + Aug. 28, 1764). That never “in Our country … there may be a deficiency of beer supply also such shall be brewed in a quality as till today”. Otherwise penalty is pending.

On Charles, nephew of the Emperor Charles VI, brother-in-law of Frederick the Great, founder of the Collegium Carolinum, governing since 1735, see ADB XV, 266 ff.

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