Memoirs of the House of Brandenburg


Mémoires pour servir a l'histoire de la maison de Brandebourg (Memoirs of the House of Brandenburg) is a history of the Brandenburg Dynasty by Frederick II, King of Prussia, himself a member of that dynasty. It was read at the Prussian Academy of Sciences in 1747−48 and published in three installments. Shown here is the first complete printing of the work, which dates from 1751. It was produced at Frederick’s private press at the palace of Sanssouci, near Berlin. It was considered as the fourth volume of Frederick’s Oeuvres du Philosophe de Sans Souci (The works of the philosopher of Sans Souci), although it did not appear under that title. The overall appearance of the edition corresponds closely to that of the Oeuvres. The artist Georg Friedrich Schmidt independently created, from design to implementation, the three initial vignettes as well as the frontispiece, which uses a more professionally designed "Veritas" than the one that appears in Le Palladion (the first volume of the 1749−50 edition of the Oeuvres). The sketches for the remaining vignettes were provided by the French painter Blaise Nicolas Le Sueur.

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