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:

Funding:

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Canticum canticorum

Aschaffenburg, Hofbibliothek -- Inc. 160

[Niederlande] 1465

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Canticum canticorum

Aschaffenburg, Hofbibliothek -- Inc. 160#Wasserzeichen

[Niederlande] 1465

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Aelius Donatus 

Ars minor

Augsburg, Staats- und Stadtbibliothek -- Cim. 51

1485

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Aelius Donatus 

Ars minor

Augsburg, Staats- und Stadtbibliothek -- Cim. 51#Wasserzeichen

1485

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Johannes Hartlieb 

Chiromantie

Augsburg, Staats- und Stadtbibliothek -- Cim. 62

Augsburg 1485

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Johannes Hartlieb 

Chiromantie

Augsburg, Staats- und Stadtbibliothek -- Cim. 62#Wasserzeichen

Augsburg 1485

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Johannes Regiomontanus 

Kalender

Erlangen-Nürnberg, Universitätsbibliothek -- Cim. M 17

[Nürnberg] 1474

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Aelius Donatus 

Ars minor

Kaufbeuren, Pfarrei St. Martin -- ohne Signatur

Ulm 1476

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Ars moriendi

Memmingen, Stadtbibliothek -- ohne Signatur

[Rheinland (Niederrhein, Köln, Mainz?)] 1470

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Speculum humanae salvationis

München, Graphische Sammlung -- 10669 a-b

[Niederlande?] 1450

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Johannes <Apostolus> 

Apokalypse

München, Graphische Sammlung -- 10773 a

[Niederlande] 1465

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Johannes <Apostolus> 

Apokalypse

München, Graphische Sammlung -- 10773 a#Wasserzeichen

[Niederlande] 1465

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Canticum canticorum

München, Graphische Sammlung -- 10773 b

[Deutschland] 1469

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Franciscus <de Retza> 

Defensorium inviolatae virginitatis Mariae

München, Graphische Sammlung -- 10773 b#Wasserzeichen

[Nördlingen] 1470

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Franciscus <de Retza> 

Defensorium inviolatae virginitatis Mariae

München, Graphische Sammlung -- 10773 c#Wasserzeichen

[Nördlingen] 1470

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Ars moriendi

München, Graphische Sammlung -- 10773 d

[Süddeutschland] 1480

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Ars moriendi

München, Graphische Sammlung -- 10773 d#Wasserzeichen

[Süddeutschland] 1480

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Johannes Regiomontanus 

Kalender

München, Universitätsbibliothek -- Cim. 40 (= 2° Xylogr. 11)

[Nürnberg] 1474

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Johannes Regiomontanus 

Kalender

München, Universitätsbibliothek -- Cim. 40#Wasserzeichen (= 2° Xylogr. 11)

[Nürnberg] 1474

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Johannes <Apostolus> 

Apokalypse

München, Universitätsbibliothek -- Cim. 45 (= 2° Xylogr. 1)

[Deutschland] 1468

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Johannes <Apostolus> 

Apokalypse

München, Universitätsbibliothek -- Cim. 45#Wasserzeichen

[Deutschland] 1468

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Samuel Naeranus 

Samuelis Naerani Batavi Senatus Gedanensis Anagrammaticus

München, Universitätsbibliothek -- Cim. 45a (= 2° Xylogr. 2)

Dantisci 1632

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Johannes <Apostolus> 

Apokalypse

München, Universitätsbibliothek -- Cim. 45a#Wasserzeichen

[Niederlande] 1465

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Samuel Naeranus 

Samuelis Naerani Batavi Senatus Gedanensis Anagrammaticus

München, Universitätsbibliothek -- Cim. 46 (= 2° Xylogr. 3)

Dantisci 1632

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Ars memorandi per figuras evangelistarum

München, Universitätsbibliothek -- Cim. 47 (= 2° Xylogr. 4)

[Süddeutschland?] 1470

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Ars memorandi per figuras evangelistarum

München, Universitätsbibliothek -- Cim. 47#Wasserzeichen

[Süddeutschland?] 1470

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Ars memorandi notabilis p[er] figuras ewangelistar[um]

München, Universitätsbibliothek -- Cim. 47a (= 2° Xylogr. 5)

[Süddeutschland?] 1470

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Ars memorandi notabilis p[er] figuras ewangelistar[um]

München, Universitätsbibliothek -- Cim. 47a#Wasserzeichen

[Süddeutschland?] 1470

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Canticum canticorum

München, Universitätsbibliothek -- Cim. 48 (= 2° Xylogr. 6)

[Deutschland] 1469

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Canticum canticorum

München, Universitätsbibliothek -- Cim. 48#Wasserzeichen

[Deutschland] 1469

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Franciscus <de Retza> 

Defensorium inviolatae virginitatis Mariae

München, Universitätsbibliothek -- Cim. 49 (= 2° Xylogr. 7)

[Nördlingen] 1470

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Franciscus <de Retza> 

Defensorium inviolatae virginitatis Mariae

München, Universitätsbibliothek -- Cim. 49#Wasserzeichen

[Nördlingen] 1470


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