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The map collection of the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek currently includes 778 hand-drawn maps, 415,000 printed individual maps, 13,000 atlases and 30 globes. Two hundred works with early views of cities (topographies) and a reference library with 3,800 volumes round off the collection. Eighty thousand maps alone date back to the time before 1850. Not least due to these outstanding holdings of old maps, the collection ranks among the most important map collections in Germany.
Further maps and atlases form part of the general holdings. Individual maps incorporated in geographical, historical and other works are only partly catalogued individually. Some collections of personal papers include hand-drawn or printed maps as well.
In accordance with the collection mandate of a universal library, the library has continuously acquired modern cartographic works since the end of the Second World War. Here, the focus is on topographic maps with a regionally subdivided profile. More ...
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