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PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION: Paper (watermark Briquet no. 15940, Schaffhausen, 1582), i paper flyleaf + 66 fols. (fols. 5r - 66r have contemporary pagination with identical numbers for facing pages: 2-25, 26a, 26b, 27-31, 32 (drawing only), 33 (text only), 34-63; modern foliation 1 – 66 used here) + i paper flyleaf, 306 x 203 mm, text block of widely varying size, 2 – 19 long lines, vertical binding lines and top line only ruled in red ink, one leaf lost after fols. 3, 35.

BINDING: nineteenth century, marbled paper over pasteboards

CONTENTS: fol. 1r Title page; fols. 2v – 3r Metzgertanz of the Butchers; fols. 4r – 66r Annals of the Nuremberg Schönbartläufer for the period 1449 – 1539 on rectos (with eighteenth-century additions) and corresponding drawings of costumes on facing versos.

DECORATION: Double-page drawing of the Metzgertanz of the Butchers (fols. 2v – 3r).

Sixty-two full-page drawings of the Schönbartläufer with arms of captains and occasional Höllen (pageant-sleighs) on same page (fols. 45v, 56v, 57v, 58v, 59v, 60v, 61v, 62v, 63v, 64v) or in lower half of facing text page (fols. 26r, 40r, 41r, 47r, 48r, 49r, 50r, 52r, 53r, 56r, 66r):
fol. 4v 1451 Halberdier with emblem of butcher’s axe and fish, arms of Endress Wagner; fol. 5v 1453 Halberdier with fish on stick, arms of Anthony Dallner; fol. 6v 1456 Halberdier with pike in pouch, arms of Hans Elwanger; fol. 7v 1457 Halberdier with emblem of butcher’s axe, arms of Friderich Holfelder; fol. 8v 1458 Halberdier with emblem of butcher’s axe, arms of Hainrich Rummel; fol. 9v 1459 Halberdier, arms of Zenner; fol. 10v 1460 Halberdier, arms of Hans Grabner; fol. 11v 1461 Halberdier, arms of Hainrich Hayde; fol. 12v 1462 Halberdier, arms of Hans Flockh; fol. 13v 1463 Two halberdiers, arms of Sewoldt Halbachs and Michel Baumgartner; fol. 14v 1464 Halberdier, arms of Hans Kress; fol. 15v 1465 Halberdier holding fiery rocket, arms of Hans Kress; fol. 16v 1466 Halberdier, arms of Sewoldt Baumgartner; fol. 17v 1467 Halberdier, arms of Hans Reutter; fol. 18v 1468 Two halberdiers, arms of Höffler and Hans Kress; fol. 19v 1469 Halberdier with initial A, arms of Hegner and Grueber; fol. 20v 1470 Halberdier, arms of Sewoldt Kronner; fol. 21v 1471 Halberdier, arms of Hensslein Schlüsselfelder; fol. 22v 1472 Halberdier, arms of Hans Scherb; fol. 23v 1473 Halberdier, arms of Veit Plattner; fol. 24v 1474 Halberdier, arms of Cuntz Hesslein; fols. 25v – 26r 1475 Halberdier, arms of Hans and Benedict Frey, and dragon (pageant); fol. 26v 1476 Halberdier, arms of Hans Werrner; fol. 27v 1477 Halberdier, arms of Hans Storr; fol. 28v 1478 Halberdier in costume including image of female figure, arms of Sewaldt Geuder and Leonhardt Tezel; fol. 29v 1479 Halberdier in costume including image of female figure, two arms of Bors Herman and Jörg Herman; fol. 30v 1480 Halberdier in costume including image of female figure, arms of Ullrich Maher; fol. 31v 1481 Halberdier, arms of Ullrich Maher and Hensslein Sattler; fol. 32v 1482 Halberdier, arms of Hensslein Schreinlein; fol. 33v 1484 Halberdier, arms of Ullrich Maher; fol. 34v 1485 Halberdier, arms of Friderich Millach; fol. 35v 1488 Halberdier, arms of Setbald Tucher and Jörg Ketzell; fol. 36v 1490 Halberdier in costume including image of female figure, arms of Thoma Fuchs; fol. 37v 1491 Halberdier in costume including image of female figure, arms of Thoma Flaschman; fol. 38v 1492 Dancer in guise of Altvatter (bearded old man in furred robe with whip); fols. 39v – 40r 1493 Halberdier, arms of Wolff Haller, Jörg Ketzell, Steffan Baumgartner, Sewaldt Tucher, and castle (pageant); fols. 40v – 41r 1495 Halberdier, arms of Wolff Haller, Hans Kress, Steffan Baumgartner, Jörg Ketzell, and walled tower (pageant); fol. 41v 1496 Halberdier, arms of Caspar Baumgartner and Jörg Ketzell; fol. 42v 1497 Halberdier, arms of Ludwig Klingenstain; fol. 43v 1498 Halberdier, arms of Wolff Ketzell and Caspar Baumgartner; fol. 44v 1499 Halberdier, arms of Caspar Baumgartner and Wolff Ketzell; fol. 45v 1503 Halberdier, arms of Jörg Ketzell and Caspar Baumgartner, and small elephant bearing on his back enwalled tower from which rockets are fired (pageant); fols. 46v – 47r 1504 Halberdier, arms of Jörg Cammerer and Bertholt Strobel, and two enwalled towers manned by four fools and a hybrid enacting siege (pageant); fols. 47v – 48r 1506 Halberdier, arms of Hans Ebner and Bertholt Strobel, and ship of fools (pageant); fols. 48v – 49r 1507 Halberdier, arms of Sigmundt Fuerer and Bertholt Strobel, and basilisk (pageant); fols. 49v – 50r 1508 Halberdier, arms of Sewfridt Koler and Wassien Haller, and giant in castle thrusting fools into his pouch (pageant); fol. 50v 1509 Halberdier, arms of Hensslein; fols. 51v – 52r 1510 Halberdier, arms of Barthell Haller and Christoff Detzell, and Fountain of Youth (pageant); fols. 52v – 53r 1511 Halberdier, arms of Hans Tucher and Gabriell Pessler, and three-headed dragon with woman seated backwards on its tail (pageant); fol. 53v 1512 Halberdier holding fiery rocket, arms of Hans Tucher and Gabriell Dopler; fol. 54v 1513 Halberdier, arms of Jheronimus Bessler; fols. 55v – 56r 1514 Halberdier, arms of Barthell Haller and Christoff Detzell, and old woman shot from canon (pageant); fol. 56v 1515 Halberdier, arms of Bertholdt Tucher and N. Rumel, and windmill (pageant); fol. 57v 1516 Halberdier holding fiery rocket, arms of Ullrich Haller, Jheronimus Bessler and Veitt Schutz, and horned ogre on wooded hill devouring man (pageant); fol. 58v 1517 Halberdier, arms of Arnolt von Diel, and summer house with trees (pageant); fol. 59v 1518 Halberdier dancing and holding fiery rocket, arms of Lorentz Staiber, Ullrich Haller and Hans Tucher, and Mount of Venus (pageant); fol. 60v 1520 Halberdier, arms of Paulus Grunthherr, Christoff Cammerer and Wolff Bömer, and party in summer house (pageant); fol. 61v 1521 Halberdier holding fiery rocket, arms of Jheronimus Tucher and Anthony Koberger, and fools caught in bird-snare (pageant); fol. 62v 1522 Halberdier,arms of Wassien Haller and Braining,below Narrenfresser (giant fool within castle wall devouring small fool, pageant); fol. 63v 1523 Halberdier holding fiery rocket, arms of Paulus Grunthherr, Hans Rietter and Endress Vocker, and elephant bearing on his back castle manned with two defenders (pageant); fol. 64v 1524 Halberdier, arms of Hans Tucher and Martin von Plawbey, and tower with four fools on roof turning wheel (pageant); fols. 65v – 66r 1539 Halberdier dancing and holding fiery rocket, arms of Jacob Muffel, Jochim Tetzel and Martin von Plowen, and ship with crew of fools, devils and doctors (pageant on wheels).


History note: The manuscript was still in Germany in the late eighteenth century when the additions were made; purchased from Colnaghi & Co. by the Friends of the Fitzwilliam Museum, 1944.

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Method of acquisition: Bought (1944) by Colnaghi


16th century
Circa 1580 CE - Circa 1590 CE

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Support composed of paper Page Height 306 mm Width 203 mm

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  • Text: In welchem Jare
  • Location: Fol. 4r
  • Type: Secundo folio

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Identification numbers

Accession number: MS 382
Primary reference Number: 169782
Project ID: 124
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Monday 4 January 2021 Last processed: Wednesday 24 March 2021

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Owner or interested party: The Fitzwilliam Museum
Associated department: Manuscripts and Printed Books

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