The Correspondence of Matthias Bernegger (435 letters)

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Matthias Bernegger, by Peter Aubry. Copper engraving. (Austrian National Library (ÖNB), 342266, 4937215; source of image: Wikimedia Commons)

Matthias Bernegger (1582–1640)

The philologist, historian, and mathematician Matthias Bernegger was born in the Protestant town of Hallstadt in Upper Austria on 8 February 1582. He was educated in Strasbourg, where he developed a particular interest in astronomy and mathematics, and from where he corresponded with, amongst others, Johannes Kepler and Wilhelm Schickard.

From 1607 Bernegger taught at the Strasbourg Gymnasium and in 1616 he was appointed professor at the Academy (the university status of which was confirmed within five years of his arrival). Bernegger is known for his translations of Justinius and Tacitus, and for his translation in 1612 into Latin of Galileo’s work on the proportional compass and in 1635 of the Italian astronomer’s Dialogo sopra i due massimi sistemi del mondo. He documented his peace-loving beliefs in an anonymous refutation of Caspar Schoppe’s Bellum classicum sacrum.

Bernegger married Maria Jacobe (d. 1657) in Strasbourg on 20 May 1611. Their son, Jean-Gaspard Bernegger (1612–1675), worked as a diplomat, jurist, and archivist in Strasbourg and their daughter Elisabeth married the philologist and German historian Jean Freinsheim (1608–1660).


Partners and Additional Contributors

The metadata for the beginnings of a calendar for the correspondence of Matthias Bernegger has been taken from the invaluable inventory compiled by Monika Estermann (for further details, please see below). Cultures of Knowledge would like to thank EMLO Editorial Assistant Charlotte Marique for her work to prepare this metadata for upload and EMLO Digital Fellow Lucy Hennings for compiling the bibliography.

 


Key Bibliographic Source(s)

Monika Estermann, Verzeichnis der gedruckten Briefe deutscher Autoren des 17. Jahrhunderts, part 1, 4 vols (Wiesbaden, 1992–3), vol. 1, pp. 139–50.


Scope of Catalogue

At present, the calendar contains basic metadata for 435 letters taken from a selection of epistolaries (for further details, please see the section on the bibliographic sources above). The letters span the period from September 1612 to Bernegger’s death in February 1640. In her inventory, however, Estermann has included a number of letters dating during the eight years following Bernegger’s death. For these letters EMLO has removed the year, flagged the date as uncertain, and added an explanatory note; the dates of these letters are yet to be checked.


Further resources

Bibliography

Monika Estermann, Verzeichnis der gedruckten Briefe deutscher Autoren des 17. Jahrhunderts, part 1, 4 vols (Wiesbaden, 1992–3).

 

Andreas Tschernings unvorgreiffliches Bedencken über etliche Mißbräuche in der deutschen Schreib- und Sprach-Kunst/ … Lübeck/ in Verlegung Michael Volcken/ gedruckt bey sel: Schmal-hertzens Erben/ im 1659sten Jahre (Lübeck, 1659).

Christophori Augusti Heumanni poecile sive epistolae miscellaneae ad literatissimos aevi nostri viros accedit exhibens dissertationes argumenti rarioris, 3 vols (Halle an der Saale, 1722–1732).

Commercii epistolaris Matthiae Berneggeri fasciculus primus. Editio secunda (Strasbourg, 1670).

Epistola hodoiporica Georgii Rittershusii, … ad … Matthiam Berneggerum, … de praecipuis Italiae, … superiorisque Germaniae urbibus, academiis, et viris cll. a se perlustratis ac salutis (1623).

Epistolae diversi argumenti maximam partem a variis ad clarissimum … virum Lucam Lossium … ex autographis descriptae. Nunc primum in lucem protraxit ac dissertationem de multiplici eruditorum studio epistolis hactenus impenso praemisit Adamus Henricus Lackmannus (Hamburg, 1728).

Epistolae mutuae J. Keppleri & M. Berneggeri (Strasbourg, 1672).

Epistolae W. Schickarti & M. Berneggeri mutuae (Strasbourg, 1673).

Epistolaris commercii M. Berneggeri cum viris eruditione claris, fasciculus secundus (Strasbourg, 1670).

Danielis Vechneri … Hellenolexia, sive parallelismus Graeco-Latinus, … Editio nova prioribus auctior … Lipsiae, sumptibus Joh. Adam. Kästneri, bibliopol. Literis Colerianis an. 1680 (Leipzig, 1680).

Georgii Richteri IC. ejusque familiarium, epistolae selectiores, … datae ac redditae. Accedunt I. Richten vita. … III. Mantissae sex, quarum prima epistolas continet Casp. Hofmanni ad varios; … IV. Spicilegium epistolarum illustrium … (Nuremberg, 1662).

Gerardi Joan. Vossii et clarorum virorum ad eum epistolae. Collectore Paulo Colomesio …, 2 vols (London, 1690).

Hugonis Grotii … epistolae quotquot reperiri potuerunt; in quibus praeter hactenus editas, plurimae theologici, …, & politici argumenti occurrunt (Amsterdam, 1687).

Hugonis Grotii & Matthiae Berneggeri epistolae mutuae (Strasbourg, 1667).
Johannis Buxtorfius … kebuzim sefer sive catalecta philologico-theologica. Accedunt mantissae loco virorum celeberrimorum Casauboni, …, aliorumque epistolae ad Joh. Buxtorfium patrem & filium nunc primum in lucem editae (Basel, 1707).

Schelhorn, Johann Georg, Amoenitates literariae quibus variae observationes, scripta item quaedam anecdota & rariora opuscula exhibentur. Editio altera correctior, 14 vols (Frankfurt and Leipzig, 1725–1731).

Viri consultissimi quem cultissimum vocat Caspar Scioppius … Andreae Alciati… contra vitam monasticam ad collegam olim suum, qui transierat ad Franciscanos, Bernhardum Mattium epistola. Accedit sylloge epistolarum Giphanii, …, aliorumque virorum clarissimorum, quae vanam doctrinam continent. … Primus omnia in lucem protulit, adjectis passim notis, Antonius Matthaeus, … (Leiden, 1695).

 

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