Bartolomeo Zamberti, Comedia quam lepidissima Dolotechne (1502), sheet 1r | © BSB/Clm 13078

Venice turns 1600 years old on 25 March 2021. The Bayerische Staatsbibliothek congratulates very cordially and offers some delicious “appetizers” from its collection of Venetian manuscripts and incunabula, which, besides the Berlin one, is Germany’s largest collection of this kind.

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Prayer book of Maximilian I with drawings by Albrecht Dürer. 1513 | © BSB/2 L.impr.membr. 64

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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Passion tract, Nuremberg 1521. Sheet 189r: Descent of Christ to the underworld with Dürer monogram on the top right. Text: Heinrich von St. Gallen. Miniatures/ illumination: Nikolaus Glockendon | © BSB/ Cgm 9600

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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A recently acquired convolute of around 700 Tibetan manuscripts comes from Mongolia, which is influenced by Tibetan Buddhism. Against the background of the fact that Mongolia experienced a serious cultural setback during the time of communism up to 1990 and many monasteries, temples and Buddhist cultural goods were destroyed, the preservation of these manuscripts is noteworthy.

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Josef Anton Riedl (2nd from left) together with Carl Orff (right) at the Siemens Studio for Electronic Music, undated | © BSB/ Image Archive

The Bayerische Staatsbibliothek has received the personal papers of the composer Josef Anton Riedl (born in Munich in 1927, died in Murnau in 2016), including both his musical work and documentation of his life, as a donation by the family von Külmer, Christiane and Stefanie von Külmer.

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