Max von Pettenkofer (1818 – 1901) | © BSB/Bildarchiv

The city of Munich in particular celebrates the 200th birthday of Max von Pettenkofer on 3 December 2018, since the city owes its modern sewer system and the central drinking water supply to Germany's first hygienist, so that Munich was considered one of the world's cleanest cities at the end of the 19th century.

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Hermann Kaulbach an seine achtjährige Tochter Dorothea | © BSB

In the autumn of 2018, the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek acquired an important supplement of the personal papers (Ana 652) of Hermann Kaulbach (1846 – 1909). The son of the "prince of painters" Wilhelm von Kaulbach (1805 – 1874) became famous as a genre painter in particular. At the same time, he was at the centre of the Munich society. The most notable persons of his time were frequent guests at his house.

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„Augsburger Gebet“ in rheinfränkischer Schreibsprache, ein frühes wichtiges Sprachdenkmal des Althochdeutschen (9. Jahrhundert) |  © BSB/Clm 3851, 1r

Compiled by Juliane Trede in cooperation with Anja Freckmann, the third catalogue of the medieval Latin manuscripts from Augsburg preserved by the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek contains descriptions of a total of 84 codices. By the exception of one book, all volumes are from the cathedral library of Augsburg, meaning that the complete collection from Augsburg held by the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek, which includes a total of 209 books, has now been catalogued.

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Isidorus Hispalensis, Ethymologiae, entstanden in Westfrankreich um 1130/35. Blatt 154v: Weltkarte mit dem Roten Meer | © BSB/Clm 10058

On 12 July 2018, a further project for in-depth cataloguing by the Manuscript Center was approved: "Medieval manuscripts: Cataloguing the illuminated manuscripts of French provenance at the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek Munich. Project part 2: Manuscripts of the 15th and early 16th century". With a project term of three years, the in-depth cataloguing of the illuminated manuscripts of non-German provenance thus can be concluded.

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Weltchronik des Rudolf von Ems. Bistum Passau, um 1300 | © BSB/Cgm 6406

The volume continues the scholarly in-depth cataloguing of the medieval manuscripts in the German language held by the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek. The 114 codices described here were selected from the holdings with the call number group Cgm 5255 to Cgm 7000. The Old High German fragments collected under Cgm 5248 were included as well.

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