Christoph Weigel the Elder

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Christoph Weigel, engraving by Bernhard Vogel after Johann Kupetzky
Title of Weigel's book of arms from 1734
Title of the writing art by Michael Bauernfeind published by Weigel
Copper engraving of the bookseller from the illustration of the non-profit main stands by Christoph Weigel, Regensburg 1698

Christoph Weigel the Elder (born November 9, 1654 in Redwitz ; † February 5, 1725 in Nuremberg ) was a German engraver , art dealer and publisher .


Christoph Weigel the Elder learned the art of copperplate engraving in Augsburg . After various positions, including in Vienna and Frankfurt am Main , he acquired citizenship in Nuremberg in 1698 . The first Weigel work from his own, successfully run publishing house in Nuremberg was Die Bilderlust from 1698. This publishing house published around 70 books and engravings during his lifetime.

One of his most important works is the status book from 1698. In it Weigel described and described more than two hundred types of handicrafts and services, each illustrated by a copper engraving, based on life. Because Weigel visited almost all the workshops himself, drew and observed on site, agreed the content of his articles with the master craftsmen and signed important equipment from the original.

Another important work by Weigel is the new edition of Johann Siebmacher's book of arms . The work was published under the title The great and complete initially Siebmacherische / afterwards Fürstische and Helmerische / but now Weigelische Wappen-Buch In six parts with coats of arms, shields, helmets and jewels, at the number 14,767, contained in copper plates. It was first published by his widow at Lorenz Bieling in Nuremberg; In 1734 it was published in two volumes by its own publishing house.

Weigel worked particularly brilliantly in the scraping and line manner. He was the first engraver to use a kind of machine for the underground. In Nuremberg he worked very closely with the imperial geographer and cartographer Johann Baptist Homann (1664–1724) to create his maps . His younger brother Johann Christoph Weigel ran an art dealership in Nuremberg around the same time and was also very successful.

Weigel's publishing house was continued by his widow after 1725, who still published a number of her late husband's works, for example his book of arms .


Selection of some important works:

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Web links

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Individual evidence

  1. ^ Bavarian State Library digital
  2. ^ Auction from February 2, 1829 in Nuremberg. in: Directory of books = collection of Rector Hoffmann , who died in Nuremberg , which ... Google Books , p. 1, position 13.