Book of Attire of the Court of Duke William IV and Albert V of Bavaria, 1508 - 1551


The first part of this manuscript, which originally was compiled and used as a heraldic reference by the chancellery of the estates of Bavaria, contains a partial copy of the so-called Hofkleiderbuch (Book of attire). It features finely executed illustrations of military and civil costumes, liveries, and war ensigns in use between 1508 and 1551 at the court of the Bavarian dukes, William IV (born 1493, reigned 1508–50) and his son, Albert V (born 1528, reigned 1550–79). The second part of the manuscript primarily shows a variety of heraldic devices, such as crests of noblemen and towns, but also fantastic designs for various historical and fictional persons and countries. Also included in the manuscript is a drawing based on a mural showing the ancestral line of the dukes of Bavaria. The manuscript is preserved in the Bavarian State Library.

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Hofkleiderbuch des Herzogs Wilhelm IV. und Albrecht V. 1508-1551

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142 sheets, parchment : illustrations ; 29.5 x 21.8 centimeters


  • BSB Shelfmark Cgm 1952

Last updated: February 12, 2016