From the Auersperg fideicommissum library, sold by H. P. Kraus

Charles VI, Emperor. Neue Satz- und Ordnung vom Erb-Recht außer Testament und anderer letzter Willen, auch was deme anhängig in dero Erb-Hertzogthum Crain.

Graz, Widmanstetter, 1737.

Folio (200 x 298 mm). 64, (4) pp. With 1 folded engraved plate (by Christoph Dietell) and 40 kinship diagrams printed in red and black.

(Bound with): The same. (Tobacco Edict for Inner Austria). Vienna, 1 Dec. 1733. (16) pp.

(Bound with): The same. (Trade Edict for Krain). Graz, 14 Dec. 1737. 6 pp.

(Bound with): Saurau, Corbinian von. Decree signed by the secretary, Franz Ignaz Pogatschnigg. Laibach, 14 March 1739. 1 p., folded twice. Contemporary blind-ruled morocco.


The official publication of the laws of intestacy for the archduchy of Krain in the Austrian Empire. The clarity of the text is enhanced by the large engraved arbor consanguinitatis and numerous woodcut charts providing various examples of legal circumstances encountered. As author of the Pragmatic Sanction, which legitimized succession in the female line, the Emperor Charles VI may be said to have a special interest in the laws of inheritance.

Bound with this work are two decrees by Charles VI, regulating the trade in tobacco within Inner Austria (present in duplicate) as well as the trade within Krain, and a folding decree of procedural law by the Landeshauptmann of Krain, Count Saurau, signed in his secretary's hand.

Slightly browned but well preserved. Provenance: from the Auersperg fideicommissum library in Laibach with its armorial bookplate to pastedown; sold by H. P. Kraus to a private Austrian collector in the 1980s (includes Kraus's old description).

Graff 1552. Cf. Codex Austriacus IV, pp. 539ff. Cf. Arents III, 702 (Silesian edition of the Tobacco Edict).

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