The Theater of Nobility in Europe. Genealogy of the Illustrious Progenitors of the Christian World
Theatrum, Nobilitatis. Europeae, Tabulis. Progonologicis. Praecipuorum. In. Cultiori. Christiano. Orbe. Magnatum. Et. Illustrium. Progenitores (The theater of nobility in Europe. Genealogy of the illustrious progenitors of the Christian world) is a work on the family trees of royal and noble families of Europe by the German Lutheran theologian Philipp Jakob Spener (1635‒1705). Spener was one of the founders of Pietism and is considered the father of modern heraldry and genealogy studies. He worked as a preacher in Strasbourg, Frankfurt, and Dresden, before becoming consistorial counselor in Berlin. Theatrum, Nobilitatis. Europae is a four-volume work, published in Frankfurt am Main between 1668 and 1678. Families are presented in tabular form, with all names Latinized. The frontispiece consists of the family tree of Ferdinand I, king of Hungary and Bohemia and holy Roman emperor. The work was typeset by Egidius Vogel in Frankfurt. Presented here are the first and third volumes of the work (bound together), dating from 1668, held in the Slovak National Library, the only copies of the work preserved in Slovakia. The book was formerly owned by the Prague lawyer Thomas Anton Putzlacher (1722‒96), as is documented by his handwritten “ex bibliotheca” and the glued typographic bookplate on the inside front cover of the book.
Egidius Vogel and Balthasar Christoph Wust, Frankfurt am Main
Title in Original Language
Theatrum, Nobilitatis. Europeae, Tabulis. Progonologicis. Praecipuorum. In. Cultiori. Christiano. Orbe. Magnatum. Et. Illustrium. Progenitores
Type of Item
456 pages : illustrations, genealogy ; 31 x 20 centimeters
Last updated: April 29, 2016