Austheilung von dem Überschuss der alten löblichen Königl. Gross-Britannischen auch Chur- und Fürstl: Braunschw: Lüneb. Bergwercke, als Zellerfeldt, Wildemann, Grund und Lauthenthal, etc.
by (ZELLERFELD MINING PROFIT REPORTS)
Series of 56 printed quarterly forms from 26 August 1713 to 10 May 1727, each measuring 380 by 315 mm. & folded horizontally. Letterpress text in three columns within a four-part woodcut border, the bottom & side borders purely ornamental, the upper part containing mining & allegorical motifs and the letterpress admonition "Wer Zubuss scheut - wird nicht erfreut" i. e. "He who avoids the deposit will derive no joy from it." Most forms have been signed by a mining clerk. Mounted on guards and bound in cont. half-sheep & pink boards, with three (of four) deerskin ties & manuscript label to upper cover "Zellfeldsche BergZettels." [Zellerfeld]: 26 August 1713-10 May 1727. The towns of Zellerfeld, Wildemann, Grund, and Lauthenthal were four of the most important mining centers of the Upper Harz Mountains, once one of the greatest mining regions in Germany. Mining has been carried on there since the middle of the 10th century, primarily for silver, but also for lead, gold, copper, iron, sulphur, alum, and arsenic. In this volume, 56 printed forms have been bound together consecutively, each with a successive quarterly date (26 August 1713, 25 November 1713, etc.). The quarterly sheets record the accounts of profits or losses of the upper Harz silver mining corporations. Early mining law stipulated that shareholders (Gewerken) were liable for the losses incurred by their mine and had to deposit a collateral (Zubusse) corresponding to their share (Kuxe). The amount due was calculated anew for each quarterly period and recorded here on each form. The forms also record the distribution of the surplus funds to shareholders. The columns on the right side of the sheet lists individual guilds and other shareholders including several dukes (for example, Augustus Wilhelm, Duke of Brunswick-Lüneburg). An important and unique collection, recording the activities of these mines and the business of mining. (Inventory #: 6110)
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