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Berlin Picture Book (Libr.Pict.A.83)

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Berlin Picture Book
Libr.Pict.A83, Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin
Berlin, Germany

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Type Picture book
Date ca. 1512
Language(s) Early New High German
Author(s) Unknown
Illustrator(s) Albrecht Dürer (?)
Material Paper, with a half-leather cover
Size 65 folia (195 mm × 317 mm)
Format Double-sided; two illustrations per side,
with scattered text
External data Library catalog entry
Treatise scans Digital scans (750x1100)

The Berlin Picture Book (Libr. pict. A 83) is a German manuscript thought to have been created in the workshop of Albrecht Dürer as preparation for his fencing manual of 1512 (MS 26-232).[1] The original currently rests in the holdings of the Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin in Berlin, Germany. This manuscript is just a book of illustrations, not a true fencing manual, and its focus is on accurately depicting the fighters rather than on explicating their techniques. It seems to be connected in some way to the Augsburg manuscript group, and also incorporates the dagger content from Hans Talhoffer's 1448 manuscript and sword and buckler pieces of unknown origin.


The known provenance of the Libr. pict. A 83 is:

  • 1845-present – Held by the Staatsbibliothek Preußischer Kulturbesitz (purchased Berlin, Asher, 1845)


1r - 6v
7r - 32v Long sword illustrations from the Augsburg tradition
33r - 36r Illustrations of sword and buckler
36v - 65v Dagger illustrations from the Augsburg tradition and Hans Talhoffer


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Inside Cover
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Back Cover
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Additional Resources

The following is a list of publications containing scans, transcriptions, and translations relevant to this article, as well as published peer-reviewed research.


  1. Hils, Hans-Peter. Meister Johann Liechtenauers Kunst des langen Schwertes. Peter Lang, 1985. pp 43-44.

Copyright and License Summary

For further information, including transcription and translation notes, see the discussion page.

Work Author(s) Source License
Images Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin - Preußischer Kulturbesitz
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Translation Jens P. Kleinau Hans Talhoffer ~ as seen by Jens P. Kleinau
Transcription Dierk Hagedorn Index:Berlin Picture Book (Libr.Pict.A.83)