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).ref The new publishers have so far produced seven editions (consisting of two volumes), Volume I listing the sovereign, formerly sovereign and mediatised houses of Europe and Volume II listing the non-sovereign princely and ducal houses of Europe.
== Gotha publication, 1763–1944 ==
The almanac provided detailed facts and statistics on nations of the world, including their [[reign]]ing and formerly reigning houses, those of [[Europe]] being more complete than those of other continents. It also named the highest incumbent , members of the [[diplomatic corps]], and Europe's upper nobility with their families. Although at its most extensive the Almanach de Gotha numbered more than 1200 pages, fewer than half of which were dedicated to monarchical or aristocratic data,ref it acquired a reputation for the breadth and precision of its information on royalty and nobility compared to other [[almanac]]s.
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Although theoretically mediatized families were distinguished from Europe's other nobility by the former status of their territories as [[Imperial State|Reichsstand]] and their exercise within the Holy Roman Empire of "semi-sovereignty" or [[imperial immediacy]] (Reichsunmittelbarkeit), many Standesherr families, especially those bearing the [[count|comital]] title, had not been fully recognized as legally possessing immediate status within the Empire prior to its collapse in 1806. No other families whose highest title was count were admitted to any section of the almanac.
Moreover, other [[deposition (politics)|deposed]] European dynasties (e.g. [[House of Arenberg|Arenberg]], [[House of Biron|Biron]], [[Dadiani]], [[Boncompagni]]-[[Ludovisi (family)|]], , ) did not benefit vis-a-vis the almanac from a similar interpretation of their historical status. Many princely or ducal families were listed only in its third, non-dynastic section or were excluded altogether, evoking criticism in the 20th century from such genealogists as [[Cyril Toumanoff]], Jean-Engelbert d'Arenberg and [[William Addams Reitwiesner]],refref the latter commenting that the changes displayed "pan-German triumphalism" and even a "fairly nasty bit of Germanic chauvinism."ref