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BERLIN, ADDRESS BOOK OF NOBLEMEN: Königliche und übrige Noblesse (Nach alphabetischer Ordnung).



An extremely rare, seemingly unrecorded pamphlet with private home addresses of the nobleman, foreign diplomats and members of the Prussian court, was printed around 1800, probably for heads of protocol. The first name of the list it the one of the first US minister to Berlin John Quincy Adams.

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A seemingly unrecorded pamphlet in German language includes almost 300 private addresses of noblemen and noblewomen of Berlin, foreign diplomats in the city and members of the Prussian court, including ladies in waiting.

The first name on the list is the one of the first US minister to Berlin, John Quincy Adams (1767 – 1848), a diplomat and later the sixth president of the United States from 1825 to 1829. He was appointed the minister in 1797 and left back for the US in 1801.

The pamphlet without an imprint was probably made for confidential use of the heads of the protocol, which involved elaborate rituals around the Prussian court, that were there at the heart of diplomacy.  

The pamphlet can be dated between 1798, when Otto von Voß became a state minister (here already mentioned with that title), and 1801, when John Quincy Adams left back to the United States. Also Elisabeth Christine of Brunswick-Wolfenbüttel-Bevern (1815-1797) is mentioned as deceased).

References: Unrecorded.

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