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Imperial Privilege for Albrecht Dürer, Nuremberg (1511)

Source: Germanisches Nationalmuseum, Nuremberg

Imperial Privilege for Albrecht Dürer, Nuremberg (1511), Primary Sources on Copyright (1450-1900), eds L. Bently & M. Kretschmer, www.copyrighthistory.org

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Printed at Nuremberg by the painter Albrecht Dürer in the year Fifteen
hundred and twenty-one

Woe to you, ambusher of other people’s labour and talent. Beware of laying your
rash hand on our work. Know you not what the most glorious Roman Emperor
Maximilian has conceded to us? - that no one shall be allowed to
re-print these pictures from spurious blocks, nor sell
them within the imperial realm. And if you do
so, through spite or covetousness, not
only will your goods be confiscated,
but you will also find yourself
in the greatest


Impressum Nurnberge per Albertum Durer pictorem. Anno christiano Millesi
mo quingentesimo vndecimo

Heus tu insidiator: ac alieni laboris: & ingenii: surreptor: ne manus temerarias
his nostris operibus inicias. cave: Scias enim a gloriosissimo Romano
rum imperatore. Maximiliano nobis cocessum esse: ne quis
suppositiciis formis: has imagines imprimere: scu
impressas per imperii limites vendere aude
at; q si per contemptum: seu auaritiae cri
men sec feceris: post bonoru con
fiscatioem: tibi maximum pe
riculu subeundum
esse certissime


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