Birdcatcher, House Book of Mendel I (1481) Farmer, House Book of Landauer I (1528) Farmer, House Book of Mendel II (1606) Farmer, House Book of Mendel I (1489) Cook, House Book of Mendel II (1599)

The Mendelian and Landauer House Books: Trades and Crafts of Late Middle Ages, Germany.  

Konrad Mendel, a wealthy Nürnberg merchant, built a home to care for the needy in 1388, which housed twelve people (“twelve brothers”). The Twelve Brothers House Foundation, as it came to be known, provided a place for the elderly and the poor to live in exchange for the performance of certain duties and chores. 

Authentically documented in the House Book of Mendel (and later in the House Book of Landauer) the images, rich in detail, depict various trades and crafts of the day, including thimble-makers, bookbinders, wine and beer craftsmen, painters, weavers, butchers and bakers, goldsmiths, carpenters, apothecaries and gardeners, to name but a few. Tools, workshop equipment, materials, and trade practices were carefully indentured.     

The Mendel family set a precedent for such charitable work, and a century after the Mendel House was established, Matthew Landauer (who made his fortune in the mining industry) began another foundation based upon the model of the Mendel endowment.  A total of 439 images and 406 artisan portraits complete the oeuvre: Mendell Books I-III, and Landauer Books I and II. 

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