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Incunabula
0 BSB-Ink online - Catalogue of Incunabula of the Bayerische Staatbibliothek
In terms of origin and history, incunabula resemble Western manuscripts since the 15th century.
 
With about 20,000 volumes belonging to 9,756 printed editions, these holdings are not only Germany's largest collection, but the number of volumes puts the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek in a leading position of all libraries on an international scale.
 
The majority of the editions were produced by German and Italian print shops. Vernacular German literature makes up almost a tenth of the collection. Among the most famous works are the Gutenberg Bible with the "Tabula rubricarum", of which only two specimens have been preserved, the 36-line bible, the "Tuerkenkalender" – which survives in only one copy, like the Munich Passion of Christ (Stoeger Passion) -, the Psalterium Benedictinum of 1459 as well as Hartmann Schedel's personal copy of his illustrated Nuremberg chronicle, complemented by additional matter such as e. g. Etzlaub's map of the route from Nuremberg to Rome.
 
In the years 1971 to 2003 the collection of incunabula was catalogued with the support of the  Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (German Research Foundation). The seven-volume printed edition of the catalogue of incunabula was published from 1988 to 2009 by the  Dr. Ludwig Reichert Verlag, Wiesbaden. An illustrated book with art-historical registers is being prepared. The database allows users to search the complete descriptions of the printed catalogue of incunabula. The catalogue data were published online with the consent of the publishing house. The descriptions of individual copies are linked with digital copies produced in several  individual projects with the support of the German Research Foundation.
 
Incunabula can only be used in the  Reading Room of the Department of Manuscripts and Early Printed Books (non-lending collection, see also  How to obtain a special reader pass). Items can be ordered on yellow borrowing slips. It usually takes half a day until the items are available for use.
 
In case you wish to obtain further information about the content or in case you have not yet worked with this database, we would recommend reading the explanations in the following documents first:  About the incunabula database and  Directions for search.
 
Most of the records in the BSB-Ink online database are also part of the Bavarian Union Catalogue (for the respective mappings see  here). For a list of previous owners (provenances) please click  here.