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D-Bhm, RH 0268, Engelbert Humperdinck – Die Fischerin (title page) | © Berlin University of the Arts, University Library

A sensational find has taken place at the time of the 165th anniversary of the composer Engelbert Humperdinck (01/09/1854 – 27/09/1921). In the course of cataloguing works within the scope of the academy project "Répertoire Internationale des Sources Musicales (RISM)" domiciled at the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek, an autograph of Engelbert Humperdinck was rediscovered among the collection of rare materials of the Berlin University of the Arts: the dramatic cantata for three solo parts and orchestra "Die Fischerin" based on a text by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe.

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Carnival in Bamberg on the eve of the March revolution of 1848. Coloured lithography on paper (sheet 7, detail). Bamberg: Johann Baptist Lachmüller, 1837 | © BSB – Bamberg State Library, MvO.Bamb.f.15

15 April 2019 – 7 July 2019
Starting in the treasure vaults of the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek on 15 April, the third part of the exhibition "God, the world and Bavaria" tells about "war and peace, joy and sorrow". The exhibits are from the collections of the ten regional State Libraries of Bavaria, including a filigree silver binding crafted by a goldsmith from Augsburg, a caricature by E. T. A. Hofmann from his time in Bamberg, a handwritten letter by Bertolt Brecht to his childhood sweetheart, as well as a little wartime cookbook from Regensburg of 1915.

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Logbook of Sir Francis Drake’s last journey (1595/ 96) with transcription readably displayed in the image | © BSB/ Cod.angl. 2

Using the English-language manuscript Cod.angl. 2 as an example, the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek demonstrates the innovative features of the technology of the International Image Interoperability Framework (IIIF, pronounced as "triple I F") in a pilot project: In the digitized image, the text of the handwritten logbook entries from the 16th century is laid over the image accurately, and can thus be read line by line in modern script (transcript).

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The Joint Committee of the German Research Foundation (DFG) has decided on the funding of a national consortium with Cambridge University Press on 29 March 2019. This means that all German scholars affiliated with an institution that adopts the license can publish materials in the open access format in journals of the publishing house. The contract was negotiated by the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek, which will also organise the implementation of the contract.

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