The *Schwazer Bergbuch*, 1556

The *Schwazer Bergbuch* – An advertisement for the mining industry

1556

The Schwazer Bergbuch is a manuscript from Schwaz in Tyrol that contains illustrations presenting the working conditions and way of life of miners together with the tools, processes and techniques they used. It also goes into the importance of mining. The book was produced in the middle of the sixteenth century, a time of crisis in the mining industry. It therefore served as kind of advertisement which aimed to awaken the interest of the sovereign princes in mining and thus to help end the crisis in the mining industry in Tyrol.

The *Schwazer Bergbuch*, 1556