Personal papers of Count August von Platen digitized in their entirety

The Bayerische Staatsbibliothek has digitized the total of the extensive personal papers of Count August von Platen, which have been preserved by the library since 1870 and include many thousand pages. This means that the complete oeuvre of the Romantic author, who lived from 1796 to 1835, is now accessible online.

Count August von Platen-Hallermünde (1796 – 1835). Personal papers: Lyrical poems. Second book. 1818 – 1820 | © BSB/ Platenania 10

The personal papers include lyrical and dramatic poetry in various versions, historical-scientific studies, numerous translations, extensive correspondence and a diary kept over many years.

The register of personal papers can be found at:


Nächtlich am Busento lispeln, bei Cosenza, dumpfe Lieder,
Aus den Wassern schallt es Antwort, und in Wirbeln klingt es wider!
Und den Fluß hinauf, hinunter, ziehn die Schatten tapfrer Goten,
Die den Alarich beweinen, ihres Volkes besten Toten.

"The grave in the Busento" (1820) is considered one of the most widely known lays of German literature. You are now welcome to browse various versions of the poem in Platen's own handwriting.