Block Books from Bavarian Collections

Block Books from Bavarian Collections

Block books or xylographs are illustrated books of a relatively small volume, crafted in the 15th century in a wood-cutting procedure. They mark a transition from illuminated manuscripts to illustrated printed books. They belong to the rarest and consequently most valuable collectibles of libraries. On a worldwide scale libraries hold around 600 copies of around 100 editions of 33 different works. Until today block books pose many questions to researchers in the fields of historical bibliography, art history and philology regarding the age of the individual prints, their regional origin and their classification regarding the traditions of handwritten and graphically printed text and image publication. However, scholarly research into block books is further complicated by their highly problematic conservation state. Since the paper sheets are frequently damaged by colour corrosion, the books can be made physically available to scholars for perusal only by way of exception.

It is the aim of the project to describe the extensive holdings of block books in 14 Bavarian collections (of libraries as well as museums, funded by the state, the church or privately) on an elaborate bibliographic level, and to produce comprehensive, high-quality digital reproductions and make them publicly available. Within a period of three years more than 90 block books and fragments of block books are digitised and catalogued mostly for the first time.

Realised in cooperation with:


Hofbibliothek Aschaffenburg
Staats- und Stadtbibliothek Augsburg
Staatsbibliothek Bamberg
Universitätsbibliothek Erlangen
Pfarrei St. Martin Kaufbeuren
Stadtbibliothek Memmingen
Staatliche Graphische Sammlung München
Universitätsbibliothek München
Germanisches Nationalmuseum Nürnberg
Kirchen-Kapitelsbibliothek Schwabach
Bibliothek Otto Schäfer Schweinfurt
Universitätsbibliothek Würzburg

Weitere Blockbuchsammlungen im Internet

Bodleian Library, University of Oxford

Germanisches Nationalmuseum Nürnberg:

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Passio

Nürnberg, Germanisches Nationalmuseum -- StN 13809-13833 Kapsel 1450 (Eigentum der Stadt Nürnberg)

[Nürnberg (?)] 1444

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Passio

Nürnberg, Germanisches Nationalmuseum -- StN 13809-13833 Kapsel 1450#Wasserzeichen (Eigentum d. Stadt Nürnberg)

[Nürnberg (?)] 1444

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Speculum humanae salvationis

München, Graphische Sammlung -- 10669 a-b

[Niederlande?] 1450

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Historia sanctae crucis

Nürnberg, Germanisches Nationalmuseum -- H 6411 und 6412 Kapsel 8

[Belgien oder Oberrhein?] 1460

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Historia sanctae crucis

Nürnberg, Germanisches Nationalmuseum -- H 6411 und 6412 Kapsel 8#Wasserzeichen

[Belgien oder Oberrhein?] 1460

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Biblia pauperum

Schweinfurt, Bibliothek Otto Schäfer -- OS 394 (vormals)

[Niederlande oder Niederrhein] 1460

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Biblia pauperum

Schweinfurt, Bibliothek Otto Schäfer -- OS 461

[Niederlande] 1460

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Biblia pauperum

Xylogr. 29#Wasserzeichen

[Niederlande] 1460

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Johannes <Evangelist> 

Apocalypsis

Nürnberg, Germanisches Nationalmuseum -- H 5781 Kapsel 8

[Deutschland] 1465

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Biblia pauperum

Ramsen, Antiquariat Tenschert -- Biblia pauperum-1465

[Niederlande oder Niederrhein] 1465

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Biblia pauperum

Ramsen, Antiquariat Tenschert -- Biblia pauperum-1465#Wasserzeichen

[Niederlande oder Niederrhein] 1465

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Die sieben Planeten

Schwabach, Kirchen-Kapitelsbibliothek -- 33/121

[Schwaben] 1465

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Die sieben Planeten

Schweinfurt, Bibliothek Otto Schäfer -- OS 1033

[Basel] 1465

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Canticum canticorum

Aschaffenburg, Hofbibliothek -- Inc. 160

[Niederlande] 1465

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Canticum canticorum

Xylogr. 33#Wasserzeichen

[Niederlande] 1465

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Johannes <Apostolus> 

Apokalypse

München, Graphische Sammlung -- 10773 a

[Niederlande] 1465

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Canticum canticorum

Xylogr. 32#Wasserzeichen

[Niederlande] 1465

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Totentanz

Xylogr. 39#Wasserzeichen

[Süddeutschland?] 1465

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Canticum canticorum

Aschaffenburg, Hofbibliothek -- Inc. 160#Wasserzeichen

[Niederlande] 1465

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Johannes <Apostolus> 

Apokalypse

München, Universitätsbibliothek -- Cim. 45a#Wasserzeichen

[Niederlande] 1465

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Johannes <Apostolus> 

Apokalypse

München, Graphische Sammlung -- 10773 a#Wasserzeichen

[Niederlande] 1465


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