Hermann Kaulbach to his eight-year-old daughter 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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Oblique view of the three-dimensional profile of the Codex Aureus | © BSB/ Clm 14000

As a result of a four-year DFG project, an online database has now been made accessible on Western and Central-Asian adorned and luxurious book bindings and covers from the holdings of the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek.

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"Augsburg prayer" in Rhenish-Franconian written language, an important early linguistic monument documenting the Old High German language (9th century) | © 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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Gold-ruby glass cup from the personal estate of Friedrich Wilhelm von Thiersch (1784 – 1860) | © BSB/ Maximilian Schreiber

The Bayerische Staatsbibliothek has been presented with a beautiful gold-ruby glass cup from private ownership as a supplement to the personal estate of the classical philologist Friedrich Wilhelm von Thiersch (1784 – 1860). Thiersch had received the cup on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of his doctorate.

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Isidorus Hispalensis, Ethymologiae, created in western France around 1130/ 35. Sheet 154v: Map of the world with the Red Sea | © 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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