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Cryptomenytices et cryptographiae libri IX

Engraved by Lucas Kilian (German, 1579–1637), Engraved by Wolfgang Kilian (German, 1581–1662), Author August Duke of Braunschweig (German, 17th century), Printer Johann Stern (German, 1582–1656), Printer Heinrich Stern (German, 1592–1665)

Place of Publication: Lüneberg, Germany

Catalogue Raisonné

Brunet V, 270; VD17 23:285820R


Overall: 29.4 x 19.3 x 5 cm (11 9/16 x 7 5/8 x 1 15/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Illustrated book with engraved title, two engravings, and numerous woodcut and typographic diagrams

Not On View


Europe, Prints and Drawings


Illustrated books

(Lüneberg: Johann and Heinrich Stern, 1624) Folio; 266 leaves; contemporary black-stamped vellum, gauffered edges (red cloth box)

Numerous tables and diagrams of cryptographic interest, code script, musical notation, etc.

Lüneberg: Johann and Heinrich Stern, 1624


Inscription by original owner [?] on front pastedown "Ex donatione authoris principis Augusti Luneb m decemb 9 ao 1624"; Horatio Greenough Curtis (1844-1922; inscr. on front flyleaf "H.G. Curtis Boston"); his widow, by whom bequeathed to the MFA, 1927, received October 10, 1940.

Credit Line

Gift of Mrs. Horatio Greenough Curtis in memory of her husband Horatio Greenough Curtis