Imperial Privilege for Konrad Peutinger, Augsburg (1515)

Source: Universitätsbibliothek Freiburg D 6467

Imperial Privilege for Konrad Peutinger, Augsburg (1515), Primary Sources on Copyright (1450-1900), eds L. Bently & M. Kretschmer,

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Imperial Privilege of 1511 for Konrad Peutinger as Printed in an Edition of 1515 Including Jornades' 'De Rebus Gothorum' and Paul the Deacon's 'History of the Langobards'

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This document is associated with the core document: d_1511a. Signed in Freiburg on 1 March 1511, the privilege for Konrad Peutinger as printed here is the earliest Imperial privilege preserved in full text. Peutinger, an Imperial councillor and town clerk of his native Augsburg, was granted a ten-years' term of protection by the Emperor starting 'from the day when this Our councillor has arranged for these books to be printed' ('subsequens ab ea die dicti libri ex ordinatione ipsius Consiliarii nostri impressi fuerint'). The privilege was published in 1515 in a volume which contained editions of Jordanes's book 'On the Origin and Deeds of the Goths' and Paul the Deacon's 'History of the Langobards'. The privilege also covered an edition planned by Peutinger of what is now known as the 'Tabula Peutingeriana', a 5th century A.D. Roman street map otherwise referred to as 'exemplaria Itinerarii Antonini Caesaris'. This map, however, was never published by Peutinger. Nevertheless, the explicit reference to 'books and maps' ('libros et chartas') means that the privilege is an early example of protection being extended to published materials other than books as such.

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Author: Peutinger

Publisher: Johannes Miller

Year: 1515

Location: Augsburg

Language: Latin

Source: Universitätsbibliothek Freiburg D 6467

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Maximilian I
Paulus Diaconus
Peutinger, Konrad

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