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The Bayerische Staatsbibliothek (BSB) preserves an extensive collection of most valuable manuscripts and printed works. A selection of 400 important works, which form part of the unique written cultural heritage of Bavaria, has now been made available online at the cultural portal bavarikon. The access to the cultural treasures has been designed to be particularly user-friendly for laypersons, giving an insight into the collection without requiring any prior knowledge. A large part of the manuscripts and printed books in addition has extensive descriptions in German and in English.

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The manuscript collection of the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek records the addition of precious items: A total of three high-ranking German-language manuscripts of Bavarian origin could be acquired at the same time for the library from the antiquarian book trade. After conservatory treatment by the library’s own Institute of Conservation and Restoration and cataloguing, they are now being digitized and will be made available for academic research subsequently.

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The Bayerische Staatsbibliothek complements its renowned collection by two very rare works of the Czech artist Josef Váchal (1884 – 1969): "Ďáblova zahrádka, aneb přírodopis strašidel" ("The devil's garden, or the natural history of spirits") of the year 1924 and "Šumava umírající a romantická" ("Bohemian Forest dying and romantical") of 1931. The two impressive, leather-bound folio volumes are illustrated with exquisite coloured wood engravings and rank among the absolute masterpieces of Czech modern art between the two world wars.

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We will be pleased to answer your questions, provide you with information material or organise appointments for interviews or visits to our premises.

Peter Schnitzlein
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Phone:  +49 89 28638-2429
Fax:  +49 89 28638-2116
presse@bsb-muenchen.de

Ulrike Rehusch
Phone:  +49 89 28638-2057
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presse@bsb-muenchen.de

Irma Bachhammer
Phone:  +49 89 28638-2024
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presse@bavarikon.de
(Press office cultural portal bavarikon)
Bayerische Staatsbibliothek
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Ludwigstraße 16
80539 Munich

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