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Resources on the history of the Fugger family

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Aus Cgm 9460, S. 90: Johann Jakob Fugger (1516-1575) und Ursula von Harrach (1522-1554).Johann Jakob Fugger (1516-1575) and Ursula von Harrach (1522-1554).

The Fugger family, a family of weavers that had moved to Augsburg in 1367, in the course of the 15th and 16th century became one of Europe's most powerful merchant dynasties. Ennobled at the beginning of the 16th century, the Fuggers started to withdraw step by step from business during the second half of the century. In the decades following 1600 they adopted an aristocratic lifestyle.
In 2009 the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek (Bavarian State Library) acquired two precious and highly informative books on the family history of the Fuggers.


The secret book of honour of the Fugger

signature: Cgm 9460

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The "Geheimes Ehrenbuch" (secret book of honour) was crafted between 1545 and 1549 by the workshop of the Augsburg painter Jörg Breu d. J. The manuscript impressively illustrates the Fuggers' self-projection and is an outstanding product of late-Renaissance book illustration from the Augsburg workshop. It is regarded as one of the most important and most valuable family books of the German-language area.


From Cod.icon.380, fol. 84r: Maria Fugger (1543-1583) Maria Fugger (1543-1583).

Fuggerorum et Fuggerarum... imagines

signature: Cod.icon. 380

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The series of copper etchings "Fuggerorum et Fuggerarum… imagines" was published in 1593 and 1618 in a small number of copies for use by the family members. One generation later the idea of the book of honour was thus again taken up in a topical fashion. The coloured print comprises images of 138 members of the family Fugger von der Lilie. The copy acquired by the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek has an unusual quality of coloration and is unique regarding its completeness.

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The "Geheimes Ehrenbuch" and the "Fuggerorum et Fuggerarum… imagines" are available both in the form of browsable versions and of three-dimensional animated books. The browsable versions are indexed by means of tables of contents.
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An expanded presentation of both (including comprehensive tables of content, index of coats of arms and further information) is in preparation.


Information on the project

General Information

The purchase of the two Fugger books was made possible by the support of the following institutions – sincere thanks are again given to them all:

Ernst von Siemens Kunststiftung

Kulturstiftung der Länder


The Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media

Bayerische Landesstiftung

Kurt und Felicitas Viermetz Foundation


Presentation and Technology

The Munich Digitisation Centre (MDZ) of the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek was responsible for coordinating and implementing the technical realisation of the project. In the scanning centre of the division the high-resolution images of the two books were produced in close cooperation with the Institute for Book and Manuscript Restoration (IBR) of the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek.

The innovative 3D presentation enabling a full view of the object, thus in particular also of the book covers, was developed in cooperation with the company Microbox, Bad Nauheim (using the software book2net Virtual Reading Room). This development enables the completely free browsing, turning and zooming of the digitized works.

The digitised books will be presented both on the internet, on the website of the Bayerische Landesbibliothek Online (BLO), and in the exhibition area of the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek, for the first time with a gesture-controlled presentation system.
This gesture-controlled presentation system is new and was developed for presenting manuscripts. The IPointer device of the Fraunhofer Institute for Telecommunications (Heinrich Hertz Institute Berlin) was adapted for the presentation of books in cooperation with the MDZ. By means of an innovative gesture control, it provides the possibility to view books, also the book covers, in their entirety [video].

Bavarian State Library

Munich Digitisation Centre (MDZ) Institute for Book and Manuscript Restoration (IBR)
Fraunhofer Institute for Telecommunications (Heinrich Hertz Institute Berlin) book2net