1911 Encyclopædia Britannica/Potthast, August

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7376261911 Encyclopædia Britannica, Volume 22 — Potthast, August

POTTHAST, AUGUST, (1824–1898), German historian, was born at Höxter on the 13th of August 1824, and was educated at Paderborn, Münster and Berlin. He assisted G. H. Pertz, the editor of the Monumenta Germaniae Historica, and edited the Regesta pontificum romanorum, 1198–1304 (Berlin, 1874–1875). From 1874 to 1894 he was librarian of the German Reichstag. Potthast is chiefly known through his monumental Bibliotheca historica medii aevi (1862), a guide to the sources of European history in the middle ages. The work, in the form of an index, gives particulars of practically all the historical writers of Europe and their work between 375 and 1500. A new and enlarged edition appeared at Berlin in 1896. Potthast died on the 13th of February 1898.