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Schrettinger catalogue | Photo: BSB/S. Gottstein
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The world's oldest alphabetical subject catalogue is kept in 151 boxes: the "Schrettinger catalogue". From 1819 to 1856 the librarians Martin Schrettinger and Heinrich Foringer ordered around 84,000 titles of the then court library alphabetically according to subjects, making handwritten notes on 17,000 folio sheets. This type of subject cataloguing was intended to help make the enormous increase in books in the court library due to the secularisation more accessible.
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Magnificent choir book of Albrecht V (enlarged detail)
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It is one of the most precious treasures of the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek: the choir book with motets by Cipriano de Rore. After painstaking restoration and digitisation, the choir book with outstanding illuminations by Hans Mielich has now been made available online, meaning that it is now possible to view the work for everybody interested for the first time in over 450 years. The restoration and digitisation could be carried out thanks to the generous financial support of the Ernst von Siemens Art Foundation.
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Umberto Eco and Dr. Dorothea Sommer | © BSB / S. Gottstein, T. Kolb
Cabinet Exhibition

"Et in Arcadia Eco": This is the dedication written by Umberto Eco in his new book "Numero Zero", which he signed yesterday for the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek. The Italian universal scholar and author visited the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek upon invitation by Dr. Dorothea Sommer, Vice Director General, and visited the current exhibition "An encounter of cultures" in the library's treasure vault.
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The journal "Sionsharfe"
Digital Media

The digitisation of the "Sionsharfe" has been concluded, the journal is now available for viewing in the Digital Collections. The "Sionsharfe" was founded in 1876 by Johann Martin Schleyer (1831-1912), at the time priest in Litzelstetten near Konstanz. In 1879, he used the journal to present his constructed language Volapük to the public for the first time.
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Koran manuscript from Iran | Cod.arab. 2603
Cabinet Exhibition

The Ottheinrich bible, the Passah Haggadah, a Persian book of kings – three outstanding specimens from the collections of the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek. They form part of the cabinet exhibition "An encounter of cultures", which can be visited in the Schatzkammer of the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek on the coming three Fridays and on 21 and 22 December, from 1 to 5 PM on each of these days.
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Detail of the poster of the cabinet exhibition
Cabinet Exhibition

5 November 2015 – 8 January 2016
From the series "Musical treasures of the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek"
The cabinet exhibition "1826 – 1926: A century of synagogal music in Munich. The sources of the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek" shows music manuscripts, printed sheet music, portraits and further sources from the time from 1826 (opening of the synagogue in Westenrieder Strasse) to 1926 (end of the time in office and last publications of Cantor Emanuel Kirschner).
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Title page of the ZfO (detail) | © Herder Institute Marburg
Digital Media

The recently launched internet site of the "Zeitschrift für Ostmitteleuropa-Forschung" (Journal for Research on East Central Europe; ZfO) permits access to a fascinating collection of articles from a broad variety of main fields of historiographical research of the East-Central European region.
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