Bound with the chronicle are the following: Preface to the reader, by Hermann Roever, and person-by-person record of the members of the City Council of Hamburg from 1190 to 1641.--An addition to the previous record listing the names of the members of a newly established board representing the "burghers" within City Council, 1528-1644.--Chronicle entitled Acta Hamburgensium, a year-by-year account of the first impact of the reformation in Hamburg, by Stephan Kempe to 1540, and anonymous additions to 1669.
The history from creation through the year 1555.
Adam Tratzinger, a descendent of a Nuremberg family, became second syndic of the City of Hamburg in 1553. From 1554 to 1558, when he left the city to take up service with the Duke of Holstein, he was highly influential in all important negotiations Hamburg conducted at that period. He completed the Hamburg chronicle, his main work, in 1557.