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Stammbuch or Liber amicorum, written in an interleaved copy of Johannes Sambucus, Emblemata, 3rd edn (Antwerp, 1569). The entries were written for two owners between 1601 and 1654: 1. Georg Emrich, in the area of Breslau. 1601-12. 2. Heinrich Runge, a barber surgeon in the area of Breslau, Danzig and Kunau. 1639-54. On the leaf following p. 264 is an entry relating to Runge's service during plague at Danzig in 1640 under Michel Brandt, 'Barbier und Wundarzt dieser Zeit pestilentialis', naming also the following eight co-assistants: Gotthard Gnadesfriedt von Görlitz; Zacharias Hoffman von Leipzigk; Hans Preussel von Hall aus Saxen; Michel Mongzen vonn Braunzweig; Paul Rose vonn Barrleben; Christian Wiegandt vonn Kiel; Hans Farnberg vonn Osnabruck; Hanns Musick von Coppenhagen. On the leaf following p. 342 is a water colour of a man holding a glass or flask, with an entry dedicated to Runge by Herman Andries of Utrecht. This is possibly a self-portrait of Harmen Andriesz, a painter recorded at Amsterdam in 1620. See U Thieme and F Becker,. Allgemeines-Lexicon der bildenden Künstler, volume 1 (Leipzig, 1907), p. 485



Physical description

1 volume 1 volume: 130 × 90 mm., 352 pp., interleaved. Contemporary vellum binding, front cover stamped 'G. R[?], 1599.'

Acquisition note

Purchased at the Rosenheim sale, Sotheby's 9-10 May 1923, lot 555.

Related material

Cf. Max Rosenheim, 'The album amicorum', Archaeologia, 1910, 62: 251-308, especially pp. 259, 304-5. For additional albums from the Rosenheim collection, see MSS. 220 and 779.

Finding aids

Database description taken from that in: Richard Palmer, Catalogue of Western Manuscripts in the Wellcome Library for the History & Understanding of Medicine: Western Manuscripts 5120-6244 (London: The Wellcome Library for the History & Understanding of Medicine, 1999).

Location of duplicates

A photograph of Illustration of the Rat King, Emblem "Caput Seditionis Tollendum" is held by Wellcome Images as L0051195

Ownership note

Ownership labels inside front cover, 'From Dr Laing's Library', and 'Rosenheim collection no. xxxv.'


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