Imperial privilege for Eucharius Rösslin, Strasbourg (1513)

Source: UB Tübingen Jg 13.4.

Imperial privilege for Eucharius Rösslin, Strasbourg (1513), Primary Sources on Copyright (1450-1900), eds L. Bently & M. Kretschmer,

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Imperial privilege for Eucharius Rösslin's 'The Rose Garden for Pregnant Women and Midwives'

Full title original language:
Der¬ Swangern || Frauwen vnd || hebamen Ro||segarten.||

This is the first Imperial privilege granting protection against translations and it is the first Imperial privilege specifying a stipulated fine to be paid on a fifty-fifty basis to the aggrieved author and the Imperial Chamber Court respectively. The official document of the privilege has not been preserved, but the full text is printed at the beginning of the book. Rösslin's 'Rose Garden' was a standard text- book on midwifery in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. The first edition of 1513 was followed in 1532 by a Latin version, which was soon again translated into the main European languages. The 1513 privilege grants protection for six years. Not only reprints produced within the realm of the Emperor's jurisdiction are banned, but also the importing and distribution of reprint editions from foreign territories (both in German and in translated versions). This commentary focuses on how translations were protected by privilege; on the relationship between local and Imperial privileges in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries; and on the relationship between censorship and privileges within the Empire.

1 Commentary:

  • Peter M Dunn, 'Eucharius Rösslin (c. 1470-1526) of Germany and the Rebirth of Midwifery', Arch Dis Child Fetal Neonatal Ed, 79 (July 1998), F77-F78: Available online at: (last accessed on 9 January 2007)

  • Ortrun Riha and Ulrich Tröhler, Epilogue to the facsimile edition of Eucharius Rösslin, 'Der Schwangeren Frauen und Hebammen Rosengarten' (Wutöschingen: Antiqua, 1993)

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Author: Eucharius Rösslin

Publisher: Martin Flach

Year: 1513

Location: Strasbourg

Language: German

Source: UB Tübingen Jg 13.4.

Persons referred to:
Maximilian I
Rösslin, Eucharius

Places referred to:

Cases referred to:

Institutions referred to:
Imperial Treasury


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