August Potthast

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August Potthast (born August 13, 1824 in Höxter , † February 13, 1898 in Leobschütz ) was a German medieval historian and librarian .


He studied in Paderborn , Münster and Berlin. In Berlin he worked as a librarian. He is known for two reference works, the Regesta Pontificum Romanorum 1198–1304 (Berlin, 1874–1895) and the Bibliotheca Historica Medii Aevi. Guide to the historical works of the European Middle Ages up to 1500 (1862, 2nd edition Berlin 1896), predecessor of the repertory Fontium Historiae Medii Aevi . From 1874 to 1894 he was the librarian of the German Reichstag.

The August-Potthast-Weg reminds of him in Paderborn.


  • The ancestry of the Decker family . R.-v.-Decker-Verlag, Berlin, 1863
  • An outline of the history of printing in Berlin , ed. by Ernst Crous . Berlin (Association of Berlin Book Printing Owners) Büchsenstein, Berlin 1926, 113 pp.
  • Catalog of the library of the German Reichstag , Verlag Puttkammer & Mühlbrecht, Berlin 1882, 1432 pp.
  • Life of St. Gallus and Abbot Otmar von Sanktgallen ( transl . A. Potthast), 1857, 86 pp.
  • History of the former Cistercian Abbey Rauden in Upper Silesia , Verlag Bauer, Leobschütz, 1858, 308 pp.
  • Friedrich Wilhelm III. King of Prussia, memorial sheets […], Verlag Decker, Berlin 1871, 71 pp.
  • Initials for August Potthast, Regesta pontificum Romanorum (1198–1304) . Compiled by Hans Martin Schaller . 1978, ISBN 3-921575-10-9


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