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A 400-Year-Old ‘Album Amicorum’ Is A Rich Collection Of Signatures Of Historical Figures

Between 1596 and 1647, Philipp Hainhofer traveled around Europe amassing a rich collection of signatures in the “Große Stammbuch,” or “Album Amicorum.”

Between 1596-1647, art dealer and diplomat Philipp Hainhofer traveled around Europe amassing an incredibly rich collection of signatures in the “Große Stammbuch,” or “Album Amicorum.”

Friendship Book

Akin to an autograph book, Hainhofer’s register is replete with the marks of Cosimo II de’ Medici, Holy Roman Emperor Rudolf II, and Christian IV of Denmark and Norway, to name a few.

Covered in red velvet, “Album Amicorum” was part of a larger trend to record family, friends, and acquaintances that began in the 16th Century.

Album Amicorum
Album Amicorum

Album Amicorum