The small, historically grown collection of globes currently comprises 30 specimens. Among them, two so-called manuscript globes are outstanding, which Duke Albrecht V had crafted for the court library. In 1573, he commissioned Heinrich Arboreus to produce a celestial globe (Cod.icon. 186), a few years later the cartographer Philipp Apian to produce a terrestrial globe (Cod.icon. 129). From both a scientific and an artistic perspective, these globes are among the most outstanding pieces of their time. The originals are kept in the anteroom of the Reading Room for Manuscripts and Rare Books. A digital version with further information is available in the anteroom of the Reading Room for Music, Maps and Images and can be used there.

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Fauser, Alois: Ältere Erd- und Himmelsgloben in Bayern. Stuttgart, 1964. [Globes no. 28, 29, 59, 63, 82, 104, 138, 139, 156, 217 and 233]

Horst, Thomas: Zur Entstehung der Manuskriptgloben des Heinrich Arboreus und des Philipp Apian. In: Der Globusfreund 57/58. 2009/2010 (2011), p. 111-127.

Jahn, Cornelia: Die Gründung der Münchener Hofbibliothek und ihre Ausstattung. In: Die Vermessung Bayerns: 450 Jahre Philipp Apians Große Karte. München, 2013. p. 197-202.

Hernad, Beatrice. In: Kulturkosmos der Renaissance: die Gründung der Bayerischen Staatsbibliothek. Wiesbaden, 2008. p. 68 f.