Schott v. Egenolph, Strasbourg (1533)

Source: Prozess Nr. 1400 Schott v Egenolph

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Writ of the Strasbourg printer Johannes Schott, filed at the Imperial Chamber Court on 14 July 1533 in Schott v. Egenolph

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This is a writ submitted to the Imperial Chamber Court on 14 July 1533 by Johann (Hans) Schott. Schott claims that the Frankfurt printer Christian Egenolph has reprinted his publication of a German translation ('Contrafayt Kräuterbuch') of Otto Brunfels's herbal 'Portrait of Living Plants' ('Herbarium vivae eicones ad naturae imitationem', 1st part 1530), thereby violating the Imperial privilege which had been granted for the original Latin edition. He focuses on the excellent woodcuts produced for Schott's edition by Hans Weiditz (a pupil of Dürer), accusing Egenolph of having used copies of these drawings, albeit on a smaller scale, for his Frankfurt edition. Schott v. Egenolph is the first reprint case in the Holy Roman Empire and the first of three such cases heard before the Imperial Chamber Court ('Reichskammergericht') over the course of the sixteenth century. Although a verdict on this case has not been found in the records, it has been concluded from the editorial history of Brunsfels's book that the court adjudicated in favour of the plaintiff.

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Author: Johannes (Hans) Schott

Publisher: unpublished

Year: 1533

Location: Strasbourg

Language: German

Source: Prozess Nr. 1400 Schott v Egenolph

Persons referred to:
Charles V of Habsburg
Egenolph, Christian Sr.
Schott, Johann

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Cases referred to:
Schott v. Egenolph (1533)

Institutions referred to:
Frankfurt City Council
Frankfurt fair


book fairs
drawings, protected subject matter
licensing, Approbation
privileges, German Imperial
translations, of contemporary works

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