Jean-Baptiste Gobel. Alsatia diplomatica, his copy of work heavily annotated by himself for the treaty of exchange of parishes between the diocese of Besançon and the bishopric of Basel, treaty signed on 17 November 1779.

Gobel Alsatia Diplomatica annotée


Johann-Daniel Schoepflin – Andreas Lamey. Alsatia diplomatica. Mannhemii, ex typographia elect. aulica et academica, 1772-1775. 2 vol. in folio (dim. 40 x 26 cm). [Volume I] : Alsatia ævi Merovingici Carolingici Saxonici Salici Suevici diplomatica. Mannhemii, ex typographia academica, 1772. [6] pp. (preface), 485 pp. Title in red and black, engraved vignette depicting the Rhine and Alsace paying tribute to Strasbourg by Johan Martin Weis, engraver of the city of Strasbourg, headbands, endpieces, ornamental initials, 20 engraved plates folded out of text reproducing various charters. [Volume II] : Alsatia periodi regum et imperatorum Habsburgicæ Luzelburgicæ Austriacæ tandemque Gallicæ dipomatica […] edidit recensuit digessit animadversiones indices et præfationem adiecit Andreas Lamey. Mannhemii, ex typographia elect. aulica et academica, 1775.; [8] pp. address to the reader as a preface, 530 pp., [77] pp. (index) (geography, names and words). Title in red and black, headbands, endpieces, ornamental initials. Contemporary full marbled sheepskin , back with 6 decorated raised bands, title pieces in garnet maroquin, volume number label in tawny maroquin.  

Original edition published shortly after the death of the author by the care of Andreas Lamey secretary of the Mannheim Academy of Sciences whose Palatine Elector wanted the work to be devoted to history.

Jean-Daniel Schoepflin (1694-1771), alsatian historian, taught history and Latin eloquence at the University of Strasbourg. Because of his publications on the history of Alsace and the surrounding countries, as well as his work as a princely genealogist, he gained European fame that took part in the university ‘golden age’ of Strasbourg in the 18th century.. He is the author of L’Alsace Illustrée published in 1761, one of the most important works in Alsatian history, as well as one of the founders of the modern historical method.L’Alsace diplomatique is a collection of charters that have been used in l’Alsace Illustrée, some of which have disappeared, such as Charters II, 117   n° 899 , 2.I.1316, II 160 n° 975 , 8.XII.1337 and II 287-288 n° 1215 7.III.1390 of the Landsberg family. 

Gobel Alsatia Diplomatica annotée de sa main

A work copy of Jean-Baptiste-Joseph Gobel who has heavily annotated it, and from which he drew from many historical sources when he was working on the treaty of exchange of parishes between the diocese of Besançon and the bishopric of Basel, treaty signed on 17 November 1779 ; on this occasion, Porrentruy, Cœuve, Buix, Boncourt, Bonfol, Bressaucourt, Bure, Chevenez, Courchavon, Courtemaîche, Courgenay, Cornol, Courtedoux, Damphreux, Beurnevésin, Damvant, Fontenais, Grandfontaine, Alle and Montignez returned to the bishopric of Basel. Gobel, born in Thann in 1727, auxiliary Bishop of Basel with the title of Bishop in partibus of Lydda, was also one of the writters, with Vergennes, of the treaty of alliance between the King of France and the Bishop of Basel in 1780. In 1789, Gobel is elected as a Member of Parliament for the Etats-Généraux by the clergy of the districts of Belfort and Huningue, and constitutional bishop of Paris. He then incited the government to occupy the bishopric of Basel. France, pretending the presence of the Austrians, invaded the bishopric on 28 April 1792. He was then appointed civil commissioner in the country of Basel where he was accused of abusing his power. Hébertist, he was guillotined on 13 th April 1794.

Gobel Alsatia Diplomatica annoté de sa main

The 2 volumes with his ex-libris armored engraved in each ; one is half ripped off.

Gobel Alsatia Diplomatica annotée de sa main

Lower angle of p. 168 in vol. I cut out without lack of text, few foxing. Skillful binding restorations. Exceptional document.