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Manuscripts of Western Origin
Cgm 8010 a, fol. 2r
Manuscripts of Western Origin
The collection of Western manuscripts of the period from the 6th century to the 20th century currently comprises approximately 37,000 codices, among them i. a. 17,000 in Latin, 10,700 in German, 1,000 in French, 940 in Italian, 650 in Greek, 145 in Spanish and Portuguese as well as 100 in Slavic languages. The holdings furthermore encompass over 3,200 medieval fragments, more than 520 illuminated manuscripts (codices iconographici), a small part of the music manuscripts, over 1,800 handwritten library catalogues and a large collection of printed books with handwritten comments by famous persons (libri impressi cum notis manuscriptis).
The core collection consists of the manuscripts from the two Wittelsbach court libraries in Munich and Mannheim, and of collections formerly held by the church. Thus about 1,100 codices are from Mannheim, among them the majority and the most valuable specimens of the French manuscripts. A great number of manuscripts was taken over from the dissolved Bavarian monasteries; the highest number of items came from Tegernsee (1,680), followed by Benediktbeuern (600), the Freising Cathedral libraries (400 codices), Passau and Salzburg and by collections from the city library and several monastic libraries of the imperial city of Regensburg, primarily St. Emmeram (1,100 manuscripts). Thanks to Schmeller's classification system the different origins of the manuscripts are still largely obvious from the  shelf marks.