Relation aller Fürnemmen und gedenckwürdigen Historien


The Relation aller Fürnemmen und gedenckwürdigen Historien, was a German-language news bulletin published in Strasbourg in the 17th century. A title page was printed once a year, intended to be bound in a book with the issues of that year, each consisting of a few pages with a dateline at the start.

Johan Carolus published the Relation as a gathering of current events and successfully created an affordable way for commoners to stay up to date on incoming news. Using the definition “a publication in series on current affairs issued regularly at intervals short enough for readers to keep abreast of news” the Relation is considered by the World Association of Newspapers as the first newspaper. 

The Relation was closely followed by many other newspapers including the Avisa Relation order Zeitung in Germany. The design and production of these periodicals revolutionized the way everyday people were connected to current events in the world and played a major role in the protestant reformation and the democratization of information in Europe.

A 1609 edition of Carolus's Relation
A 1609 edition of Carolus's Relation