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This combined 'hofkleiderbuch' and 'wappenbuch' (Court dress and coats of arms book) was produced in 16th century Bavaria (sometime after 1588, judging by a date visible on one of the manuscript pages).
The (paper) book depicts members of the nobility and heraldic insignia from the Royal Courts of William IV (Wilhelm) and Albert V (Albrecht), 16th century Bavarian Dukes from the House of Wittelsbach.
'Hofkleiderbuch (Abbildung und Beschreibung der Hof-Livreen) des Herzogs Wilhelm IV. und Albrecht V. 1508-1551. Wappen mit Reimsprüchen des Holland. Abbildungen bayerischer Regenten' was recently uploaded by the Bavarian State Library. [click on 'Miniaturansicht']
There is a small amount of information on this translated page about the restoration of the book earlier this year.
Just prior to posting this entry I discovered a related but much longer book, also at the Bavarian State Library, and almost identically titled to the present 'Hofkleiderbuch'. I had a quick scan (and will return to it sometime in the future: update: done!) and it contains exclusively full page watercolour images of the same Royal Court members - it would no doubt be a good resource for period costumes.
Sunday, November 04, 2007
Posted by peacay at 7:23 p.m.