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Codices Iconographici (CodIcon online)
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The Codices iconographici - i.e. illuminated manuscripts created between the 15th and the 20th centuries with no or merely explanatory text were established as a manuscript collection of the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek in the 19th century under J. A. Schmeller and described in a hand-written inventory, which was, with the addition of new acquisitions, continued until 2002. The collections currently comprise some 550 objects.
The items are shelved according to the subject fields: architecture, astronomy, effigies, botany, genealogy, geography, heraldry, hippology, costumes, warfare, seals, varii and zoography.
The "codices iconographici" as a type of manuscript would rather be found in a graphics collection than in a library. They do contain some text, but the image is in the foreground in these manuscripts, broadsides and rolls - partly without much aesthetic aspiration, however partly also at a highly sophisticated level of artistry. The collection comprises some works of art-historical importance: works of the 16th century by Hans Burgkmair the elder and the younger, Hans Mielich and Sebastiano Serlio, of the 17th century by Joachim Sandrart and Simon Vouet, of the 18th century by August Johann Roesel von Rosenhof, works of the 19th century by Friedrich Ludwig Sckell, Friedrich Gärtner and other architects, and of the 20th century children's book illustrations by Herbert Pothorn. The focus of the collection is on the 16th to the 18th century, with works predominantly stemming from the art collections of the Wittelsbach dynasty located in Munich and in Mannheim.
The "Codices iconographici" have been catalogued electronically and digitised within the framework of a first project funded by the  German Research Foundation. At present there is the follow-up project  ArchIcon, dealing with construction plans mainly.
CodIcon Online offers access to:  
(1) Kurzverzeichnis (Short-Entry Catalogue): Catalogue of the complete holdings in the searchable and continuously updated old inventory 
(2) Catalogue: New catalogue of a selection of about 125 codices iconographici created until the year 1650 with the digital images of the manuscripts.
Codices iconographici can only be used in the  Reading Room of the Department of Manuscripts and Early Printed Books (non-lending collection, see also  How to obtain a special reader pass). Items can be ordered on yellow borrowing slips. It usually takes half a day until the items are available for use.
The Codices iconographici have not been included in Manuscripta Mediaevalia; in the BSB-OPAC only those items are searchable that have been (or will be) digitised in the course of these projects.