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This article relies too much on references to primary sources. In 1998, a London-based publisher acquired the rights for use of the title of Almanach de Gotha from Justus Perthes Verlag Gotha GmbH. Perthes regard the resultant volumes as new works, and not as a continuation of the editions which Perthes had published from 1785 to 1944. The original Almanach de Gotha provided detailed facts and statistics on nations of the world, including their reigning and formerly reigning houses, those of Europe being more complete than those of other continents. London Library’s copy of Gothaisches Genealogisches Taschenbuch der Freiherrlichen Häuser, 1910.
Listed next were Germany’s reigning ducal and princely dynasties under the heading « College of Princes », e. In 1841 a third group was added to those of the sovereign dynasties and the non-reigning princely and ducal families. In 1877, the mediatized comital families were moved from section III to section II A, where they joined the princely mediatized families. For the first time in the century of its existence, the largely non-German, un-mediatized princely and ducal families of the Almanach de Gotha were removed from the same section as other non-reigning families bearing princely titles. Even in the early 19th century the almanac’s retention of deposed dynasties evoked objections, although not necessarily the desired changes.
Monsieur de Champagny, this year’s « Almanach de Gotha » is badly done. Summon the Minister of Gotha, who is to be made to understand that in the next Almanach all of this is to be changed. The response of the publishers was to humour Napoleon by producing two editions: one for France, with the recently ennobled, and another which included dynasties deposed since abolition of the Holy Roman Empire. In 1887 the Almanach began to include non-European dynasties in its first section, with the inclusion of one of the ruling families of India.