The Austro-Hungarian Monarchy in Word and Picture

The Austro-Hungarian Monarchy in Word and Picture or, as it is generally known, the Kronprinzenwerk ("Crown Prince's Work"), is a 24-volume encyclopedia of regional studies, initiated in 1883 by Crown Prince Rudolf of Austria-Hungary.

Relief of Josef Weil von Weilen from the Zentralfriedhof

The encyclopedia describes countries, peoples, landscapes and regions of the Austro-Hungarian Crown Lands. It was also published in a 21-volume Hungarian edition ("Az Osztrák-Magyar Monarchia írásban és képben"). The German edition was edited by the history and geography professor, Josef Weil von Weilen (1830-1889), while the Hungarian edition was edited by the novelist and dramatist Mór Jókai. Only the German edition was financially successful. The Hungarian edition includes some anti-semitic remarks that are missing from the German.

The volumes were issued from December 1885 through June 1902 in 398 installments, from the "k.k. Hof- und Staatsdruckerei [de]" (Court and State Printers) and Alfred von Hölder [de], a publisher and bookseller. They contain 587 contributions, totaling 12,596 pages with 4,529 illustrations. The articles were written by 432 contributors, including Crown Prince Rudolf himself.[1][2]

Volumes and datesEdit

  1. Vienna and Lower Austria, 1st section: Vienna (Wien und Niederösterreich, 1. Abtheilung: Wien), 1886
  2. Summary 1. section: Nature Historical Theil (Übersichtsband, 1. Abtheilung: Naturgeschichtlicher Theil), 1887
  3. Overview, 2nd section: Historical Theil (Übersichtsband, 2. Abtheilung: Geschichtlicher Theil), 1887
  4. Vienna and Lower Austria, 2nd section: Lower Austria (Wien und Niederösterreich, 2. Abtheilung: Niederösterreich), 1888
  5. Hungary, Part 1 (Ungarn, Band 1), 1888
  6. Upper Austria and Salzburg (Oberösterreich und Salzburg), 1889
  7. Styria (Steiermark), 1890
  8. Carinthia and Krain (Kärnten und Krain), 1891
  9. Hungary, Part 2 (Ungarn, Band 2), 1891
  10. The Littoral (Gorizia, Gradiska, Trieste and Istria) (Das Küstenland (Görz, Gradiska, Triest und Istrien), 1891
  11. Dalmatia (Dalmatien), 1892
  12. Hungary, Part 3 (Ungarn, Band 3), 1893
  13. Vorarlberg and the Tyrol (Tirol und Vorarlberg), 1893
  14. Bohemia, Part 1 (Böhmen, Band 1), 1896
  15. Bohemia, Part 2 (Böhmen, Band 2), 1896
  16. Hungary, Part 4 (Ungarn, Band 4), 1896
  17. Moravia and Silesia (Mähren und Schlesien), 1897
  18. Hungary, Part 5, 1st section (Ungarn, Band 5, 1. Abtheilung), 1898
  19. Galicia (Galicien), 1898
  20. Bukovina (Bukowina), 1899
  21. Hungary, Part 5, 2nd section (Ungarn, Band 5, 2. Abtheilung), 1900
  22. Bosnia and Hercegovina (Bosnien und Hercegowina), 1901
  23. Hungary, Part 6 (Ungarn, Band 6), 1902
  24. Croatia and Slavonia (Croatien und Slavonien), 1902

The volume number corresponds to the list at the end of the 24th volume. Notably, Poland is not mentioned in the encyclopaedia because, at the time, the Imperial partitions of Poland were considered final by the German authorities in the Kingdom of Prussia as well as Austria-Hungary.[3]


See alsoEdit


  1. ^ Hutsul Wedding - World Digital Library ( Archived March 2, 2016, at the Wayback Machine)
  2. ^ The Austro-Hungarian Monarchy in Words and Pictures (Archived December 17, 2011, at the Wayback Machine)
  3. ^ Susan Parman, California State University; Larry Wolff (1994). "Inventing Eastern Europe: The Map of Civilization on the Mind of the Enlightenment". Book Review. Stanford, California: Stanford University Press. ISBN 0-804-72314-1. Archived from the original on March 6, 2012.{{cite journal}}: CS1 maint: uses authors parameter (link)

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