A manuscript showing, prior to dissolution, the reception by a medieval monastery of the increasingly heavy demands of a modern state. Local government circulars for the years 1776 and 1777 are copied chronologically by the Carthusian monastery of Aggsbach in Lower Austria. The manuscript includes orders on how to keep records of income from road toll, taxes, duties, etc.; catching a deserted soldier; providing food and money for the army; recruiting soldiers; serfdom; mills; road maintenance; coinage; administration of crown estates. The Austrian monasteries were dissolved in the 1780s. [From dealer description]
Book — 1 volume (174 leaves) : paper ; 31 x 21 cm (quarto)
This manuscript log book lists in great detail the everyday dealings of the guild of blacksmiths and coachmakers of the Pinzgau, south of Salzburg in the area around Zell am See, from the start of the eighteenth century until well into the nineteenth, giving an insight into the day-to-day workings of a provincial trade guild, and the ways in which business changed throughout the 1700s. The volume was compiled by a succession of guild masters, and contains records detailing the acquisitions by the guild, the collection of fees and the payment of bills, and the appointment and acquittal of journeymen and other workers; throughout, the names of guild members and journeymen are recorded, as well as the dates of their working, and their associated transactions with the guild. Every quarter that the members in each village paid their dues is noted, as well as yearly notes on each member, again largely arranged by village. Most of the volume is divided into two columns, of which only the right hand is generally used; additional notes occasionally appear in the left. There are also, throughout, additional pencil notes in a later (but 19th century?) hand.
Typescript of Franz Ziereis's deathbed confession with notes by the unidentified transcriber. Ziereis' name is incorrectly written in the document as "Franz Zieleis." The confession describes Ziereis' time as commander at Mauthausen, the atrocities he and others committed there, information on others involved in those atrocities, and a list of concentration camps under his command and their number of prisoners.
An anonymous, vitriolic attack on the Catholic establishment in Lower Austria, printed surreptitiously (without an imprint). The author targets a famous annual procession at the pilgrimage site of Maria Taferl in Lower Austria, accusing the clergy of staging the procession with so-called relics in order to defraud pilgrims of their money.