Das Kunstbuch is a codex of about 740 pages, 22 x 16 cm, in the Bürgerbibliothek at Bern, Switzerland. It contains a collection of 42 letters and documents from 1527-1555. The editor and copyist was Jörg Maler of Augsburg, who signed his work on 4 September 1561. The following writers and writings are represented in the codex: Pilgram Marpeck 15 letters and one tract, Leopold Scharnschlager three letters and three tracts, Leonhard Schiemer two letters and two tracts, Jörg Maler two letters and one tract, Sigmund Bosch two letters; Hans Hut, Hans Has, Cornelius Vech, Helena Freiberger (von Freyberg), Hans Bichel (Büchel), Christian Entfelder, Valentin Eckelsamer (Ickelsamer), and Hans Schlaffer represented by one document each; two anonymous tracts; one letter from the churches in Moravia to Marpeck. None of these documents are known from any other printed or manuscript source except the one by Han Hut and two of those by Schiemer. The codex was first reported to the learned world in July 1955 by Heinold Fast and Gerhard Goeters, who noticed it in the Bürgerbibliothek. It is of extraordinary importance, throwing new light on South German and Swiss Anabaptism particularly of the period of 1540-1560. A detailed analysis and evaluation of the Kunstbuch is given by Heinold Fast in the Archiv für Reformationsgeschichte.
Fast, Heinold. "Pilgram Marbeck und das oberdeutsche Täufertum. Ein neuer Handschriftenfund." Archiv für Reformationsgeschichte XLVII (1956): 252-259.
Rempel, John D., Jörg Maler, Pilgram Marbeck, and Burgerbibliothek Bern. Jörg Maler's Kunstbuch : Writings of the Pilgram Marpeck Circle. Classics of the Radical Reformation, 12. Kitchener, Ont.: Pandora Press, 2010. Available in English translation in full electronic text at http://palni.contentdm.oclc.org/cdm/singleitem/collection/p15705coll31/id/290
|Author(s)||Harold S Bender|
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Bender, Harold S. "Kunstbuch, Das." Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. 1958. Web. 23 May 2018. http://gameo.org/index.php?title=Kunstbuch,_Das&oldid=155572.
Bender, Harold S. (1958). Kunstbuch, Das. Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. Retrieved 23 May 2018, from http://gameo.org/index.php?title=Kunstbuch,_Das&oldid=155572.
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