The view of the world widened at the start of the early modern age. New sea routes and unknown continents were discovered and charted in maps and globes. The fragment of a map of the world produced for the trading house of the Welser family in Augsburg in 1530 shows that the merchants were quick to understand the impact of these new discoveries. The exhibits also include splendidly designed covers of works about unfamiliar worlds and cultures from the private libraries of humanistically educated scholars and rulers. The 16th century was also a century of scientific departures: Nicolaus Copernicus’ treatise “De Revolutionibus Orbium Coelestium” about the ground-breaking finding that the sun, not the earth, is at the centre of the universe known at the time, is showcased just like the splendidly illustrated celestial atlas by Andreas Cellarius or Gerhard Mercator’s highly detailed terrestrial and celestial globes (1541).
21 January 2019 – 7 April 2019
From the Orient and the Occident. Books, maps, globes of the 16th and 17th century
From 17 October 2018 to 7 July 2019, the exhibition “God, the World and Bavaria – 100 treasures from the regional State Libraries of Bavaria” presents one hundred highlights from the collections of the ten regional State Libraries of Bavaria, for the first time all brought together in one place.
Information about the exhibition, guided tours and the supporting programme:
Complete press release for download
Press release (PDF, 218 KB)
Accompanying the exhibition in the library, we also present a virtual exhibition of a number of select pieces, which will give you a sneak peek of the plethora of treasures awaiting you.
Virtual exhibition (in German)
We are looking forward to your visit!