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Emblem of the Holy Roman Emperor
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Siebmachers Wappenbuch (German: [ˈziːpmaxɐs ˈvapm̩buːx]) is a roll of arms first published in 1605 as two heraldic multivolume book series of armorial bearings or coats of arms of the nobility of the Holy Roman Empire, as well as coats of arms of city-states and some burgher families. Founded and compiled by Johann Ambrosius Siebmacher (1561 – 23 March 1611), a German heraldic artist, copperplate engraver, etcher and publisher from Nuremberg, these works became an important source of heraldry of the German-speaking regions.

Page extract from Neuer Siebmacher, illustrating the coat-of-arms of ducal families
Page extract from Neuer Siebmacher, illustrating the coat-of-arms of ducal families

The Old Siebmacher

The Alter Siebmacher was compiled 1605–1806, and represents the contemporary heraldry during the final two centuries of the Holy Roman Empire. Its two volumes were completed by Johann Siebmacher. His work was continued to six volumes with additional supplements by Paul Fürst, Wolfgang Gottlieb Fürst, Rudolf Johann Helmers, Christoph Weigel the Elder and Gabriel Nikolaus Raspe. The supplemented works were also published under the titles of their respective publishers, such as: Fürstsches Wappenbuch, Helmersches Wappenbuch, Weigelsches Wappenbuch or Raspes Wappenbuch.

The New Siebmacher

The Neuer Siebmacher, Siebmachers großes und allgemeines Wappenbuch was compiled 1854-1967 by Adolf Matthias Hildebrandt, Maximilian Gritzner, and Gustav A Seyler. The General-Index of the whole work has been edited by Hanns Jäger-Sunstenau. Later Ottfried Neubecker had published all burgher arms of the New Siebmacher without the text as a sort of illustrated glossary organized by the heraldic charges.

See also


  • Siebmacher, Johann; Appuhn, Horst (1999). Johann Siebmachers Wappenbuch von 1605 (Johann Siebmachers Wappenbuch 1605 ed.). München: Orbis. pp. 191–192. ISBN 3-572-10050-X.
  • Siebmacher, Johann (1998). Handbuch der Heraldik: Wappenfibel (Nineteenth ed.). Neustadt an der Aisch: Degener & Co. ISBN 3-7686-7014-7.
  • Siebmacher, Johann (1975). Johann Siebmachers Wappen-Buch: Alle 6 Teile mit Anhang, Register und allen Erweiterungen bis zum Abschluss der Stammausgabe von 1772 (Faksimile-Nachdruck der 1701/05 bei Rudolph Helmers in Nürnberg erschienenen Ausgabe. ed.). München: Battenberg-Verlag. ISBN 3-87045-098-3.
  • Jäger-Sunstenau, Hanns (1984). General-Index zu den Siebmacherschen Wappenbüchern 1605-1967. Graz: Akademische Druck und Verlagsanst. ISBN 3-201-00009-4.
  • Neubecker, Ottfried (1985). Grosses Wappen-Bilder-Lexikon der bürgerlichen Geschlechter Deutschlands, Österreichs und der Schweiz. München: Battenberg. ISBN 3-87045-906-9.