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The known copies of the Mercurius Veridicus

 

The two last comprehensive revision of the knowlegde about the whereabouts of the copies of the Mercurius Veridicus was published in 1953[1] (listing 13 available copies all over the world) and 1979[2] (mentioning only one copy per issue, namely seven).

In 2005 we examined these statements and backtraced the locations of all mentioned copies. We relied on the more detailed inventory of 1953 made by ESZE Tamás, the most thorough researcher of the Mercurius Veridicus.

We drafted a matrix based on his knowledge, along with references of the most significant publications mentioning each particular copy.

Below the matrix please find the facts that we encountered:

 

In the table "K" refers to "manuscript" and "NY" refers to printed copy.
Also, the detailed data to the the bibliographic references can be found at the "Bibliography" page.

 

 

 

[1705. 4.]

1705. 5.

1705. 8.

1706. 8.

1708. 8.

1710. 1.

1710. 2.

1710.3.

National Library of Hungary, Budapest

 

 

 

K
(Thaly ,1879)[3]

 

K
(Thaly, 1879; Szimonidesz 1939)[4]

 

 

Hungarian National Archives, Budapest

Letter
(missilis)

(Thaly, 1879)[5]

NY
(Szalay 1866)[6]

 

 

NY
(Esze, 1946)[7]

K
(Thaly, 1879)[8]

 

 

 

Preussisches Geheimes Staadstarchiv Berlin

 

NY
(Thaly, ???)[9]

NY
(Thaly, ???)[10]

 

 

 

 

 

Archives du Ministère des Affaires Étrangères, Paris

 

 

 

 

NY
(Kont, 1913.)[11]

 

 

 

National Lutheran Library, Budapest

 

 

 

 

 

NY
(Hellebrant, 1895;
Szimonidesz 1939)[12]

NY
(Hellebrant, 1895;
Szimonidesz 1939)[13]

NY
(Hellebrant, 1895;
Szimonidesz, 1939)[14]

National Lutheran Archives, Budapest

 

K
(Szimonidesz, 1939;
Esze, 1953)[15]

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lutheran Library, Lőcse (Leutschovie)

 

 

NY
(Géresi, 1906)[16]

 

 

 

 

 

 



[1]  Esze Tamás: A Mercurius-kérdés revíziója (The Revision of the Mercurius-issue). In: Magyar Könyvszemle 1953, 57-75. l.

[2] Mercurius Veridicus 1705-1710. Az első hazai hírlap hasonmás kiadása Kenéz Győző fordításával, Benda Kálmán bevezetőjével (Mercurius Veridicus. The facsimile edition of the first Hungarian newspaper, with the introduction of Benda Kálmán and the translation of Kenéz Győző). Budapest, Magyar Helikon, 1979.

[3] The draft of the third issue of the Mercurius Hungaricus by the hand of Ráday Pál, presumably never published. This copy is still available in the collection of Thaly Kálmán, currently in the possession of the National Library. Location: Hungarian National Library Manuscripts Collection, Thaly-Collection, Fol. Hung. 1389. V. kötet, Fol. 352-355.

[4] This is the draft of the fifth issue of the Mercurius Veridicus, by the hand of Ebeczky Sámuel, with the corrections of Bercsényi Miklós. This copy is still available in the collection of Thaly Kálmán, currently in the possession of the National Library. Location: Hungarian National Library Manuscripts Collection, Thaly-Collection, Fol. Hung. 1389. vol. XV., Fol. 1-4.

[5] The original copy of the letter sent by Count Esterházy Antal to Prince Rákóczi on the 14th of April, 1705, concerning the publication of a newspaper. He attached a copy of the first issue of a newspaper he actually printed. The attachment, unfortunately was removed from the letter (presumably by the chancery of Rákóczi Ferenc), and is yet to be found.  Location according to the source Rákóczi-Archives, without call number-reference.

[6] A copy of the first edition of the Mercurius Veridicus. Allegedly held at the National Archives in Budapest, but nobody has actually seen it since 1866. This section of the archive is now undergoing revision, so it is possible that it migh t resurface, however, it is most likely that it has been destroyed in the fire at the building of the Archives in 1956. Location according to the source: Archives of the Károlyi-family, without folder reference.

[7] The fourth known issue of the Mercurius Veridicus (August, 1708). This copy is presumably lost. Its last known location: Archives of the Károlyi-family; Lad. 7., No. 26/a. In 1946, however it was found in a separate folder compiled by Géresi Kálmán. Upon checking, we have to assume that this folder no longer exists. Also, according to Seress József, it was not found in the personal collection of Esze Tamás either.

[8] The draft of the fourth issue of the Mercurius Veridicus found and partially published by Thaly Kálmán. Its location according to the source: Rákóczi-Archives, Chancery Papers (without exact reference). We were unable to recover the manuscript.

[9] The first issue, found by Marczali Henrik, with the title "Mercurius Hungaricus", from the collection of the Preussisches Geheimes Staatsarchiv. R. XI. 279. Fasc. 12., Fol. 65-66.

[10] The second issue, found by Marczali Henrik, from the collection of the Preussisches Geheimes Staatsarchiv. R. XI. 279. Fasc. 12., Fol. 67-70.

[11] Another alleged copy of the fourth issue. Kont Ignác reported it from the Archives of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, France, Paris. (Correspondance politique: Hongrie. Tome 14, Fol. 113-114.) We were unable to confirm the existence of this copy.

[12] The fifth issue from the National Lutheran Library. Call Number: R 278/7-a.

[13] The sixth issue from the National Lutheran Library. Call Number: R 278/7-b.

[14] The seventh issue from the National Lutheran Library. Call Number R 278/7-c.

[15] The handwritten copy of the first issue (presumably made at the end of the 18th cebtury) from the National Lutheran Archives (Josephus Schulek Collectanea. Tom. 21. Mixta memorabilia 146-150.l. (V. 25.)).

[16]  Another copy of the second issue seen in 1906 in the Hungarian Lutheran Archives at Lőcse (Leutschovie) by Géresi Kálmán. According to the research of Pávercsik Ilona, however, the copy is no longer there.

 

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