Tractatvs Ivridicvs De Homagio Qvod S. R. Imperii Liberae Civitates Imperatori Praestant = Von der Huldigung Welche Die Reichs-Städte einem neu-erwählten Römischen Kayser ablegen.

AUCTION 61 | Wednesday, March 12th, 2014 at 1:00
Fine Judaica: Printed Books, Manuscripts, Autograph Letters, Graphic Art and Ceremonial Objects

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Lot 104
(GERMANY).

Tractatvs Ivridicvs De Homagio Qvod S. R. Imperii Liberae Civitates Imperatori Praestant = Von der Huldigung Welche Die Reichs-Städte einem neu-erwählten Römischen Kayser ablegen.

Uncut. pp. 50. Ink and blue pencil notes on title page. Unbound. 4to.

Frankfurt und Leipzig: 1746

Est: $800 - $1,200
A compilation of legal instructions and customs of the various free cities in the German Lands in regard to how to honor a newly elected Holy Roman Emperor. It was published in 1746 after the Holy Roman Emperor Charles VII (1697-1745) had died. Chapter XXIX and XXX specifically address how Jews should honor the new Emperor. The text refers to a ceremony which took place in 1742 for Charles VII (1697-1745) in the courtyard of the Zeughaus on the Zeil (main street in Frankfurt), modeled after a similar occasion in 1711. The imperial deputy and the municipal dignitaries entered the Zeughaus in a procession. The imperial deputy addressed the assembled Jews and read the legal contract between them and the Emperor, the Jews repeated each sentence word by word and finished the ceremony by intoning “vivat” (see pp. 49/50). The Holy Roman Emperor was the elected monarch ruling over the Holy Roman Empire, a Central European confederation of states in existence during the Middle Ages and the Early Modern period. The Emperor was crowned in a special ceremony, traditionally performed by the Pope. The Holy Roman Emperor was elected by an Electoral council which consisted of seven to nine archbishops and secular princes. In 1746 The Habsburg monarch Francis I (1708-65), husband of the Austrian Queen Maria Theresa, succeeded Charles VII as the new Holy Roman Emperor.