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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Title

Shelf number

Year

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Canticum canticorum

[Niederlande] 1465
Aschaffenburg, Hofbibliothek -- Inc. 160

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Canticum canticorum

[Niederlande] 1465
Aschaffenburg, Hofbibliothek -- Inc. 160#Wasserzeichen

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Aelius Donatus 

Ars minor

1485
Augsburg, Staats- und Stadtbibliothek -- Cim. 51

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Aelius Donatus 

Ars minor

1485
Augsburg, Staats- und Stadtbibliothek -- Cim. 51#Wasserzeichen

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Johannes Hartlieb 

Chiromantie

Augsburg 1485
Augsburg, Staats- und Stadtbibliothek -- Cim. 62

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Johannes Hartlieb 

Chiromantie

Augsburg 1485
Augsburg, Staats- und Stadtbibliothek -- Cim. 62#Wasserzeichen

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Johannes Regiomontanus 

Kalender

[Nürnberg] 1474
Erlangen-Nürnberg, Universitätsbibliothek -- Cim. M 17

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Aelius Donatus 

Ars minor

Ulm 1476
Kaufbeuren, Pfarrei St. Martin -- ohne Signatur

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Ars moriendi

[Rheinland (Niederrhein, Köln, Mainz?)] 1470
Memmingen, Stadtbibliothek -- ohne Signatur

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Speculum humanae salvationis

[Niederlande?] 1450
München, Graphische Sammlung -- 10669 a-b

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Johannes <Apostolus> 

Apokalypse

[Niederlande] 1465
München, Graphische Sammlung -- 10773 a

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Johannes <Apostolus> 

Apokalypse

[Niederlande] 1465
München, Graphische Sammlung -- 10773 a#Wasserzeichen

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Canticum canticorum

[Deutschland] 1469
München, Graphische Sammlung -- 10773 b

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Franciscus <de Retza> 

Defensorium inviolatae virginitatis Mariae

[Nördlingen] 1470
München, Graphische Sammlung -- 10773 b#Wasserzeichen

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Franciscus <de Retza> 

Defensorium inviolatae virginitatis Mariae

[Nördlingen] 1470
München, Graphische Sammlung -- 10773 c#Wasserzeichen

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Ars moriendi

[Süddeutschland] 1480
München, Graphische Sammlung -- 10773 d

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Ars moriendi

[Süddeutschland] 1480
München, Graphische Sammlung -- 10773 d#Wasserzeichen

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Der Antichrist und die fünfzehn Zeichen vor dem ...

[Süddeutschland (Schwaben?)] 1465
München, Graphische Sammlung -- 118325-118354#Wasserzeichen

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Johannes Regiomontanus 

Kalender

[Nürnberg] 1474
München, Universitätsbibliothek -- Cim. 40 (= 2° Xylogr. 11)

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Johannes Regiomontanus 

Kalender

[Nürnberg] 1474
München, Universitätsbibliothek -- Cim. 40#Wasserzeichen (= 2° Xylogr. 11)

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Johannes <Apostolus> 

Apokalypse

[Deutschland] 1468
München, Universitätsbibliothek -- Cim. 45 (= 2° Xylogr. 1)

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Johannes <Apostolus> 

Apokalypse

[Deutschland] 1468
München, Universitätsbibliothek -- Cim. 45#Wasserzeichen

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Johannes <Evangelist> 

Apokalypse

[Niederlande] 1465
München, Universitätsbibliothek -- Cim. 45a (= 2° Xylogr. 2)

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Johannes <Apostolus> 

Apokalypse

[Niederlande] 1465
München, Universitätsbibliothek -- Cim. 45a#Wasserzeichen

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Der Antichrist und die fünfzehn Zeichen vor dem ...

[Süddeutschland (Schwaben?)] 1465
München, Universitätsbibliothek -- Cim. 46 (= 2° Xylogr. 3)

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Der Antichrist und die fünfzehn Zeichen vor dem ...

[Süddeutschland (Schwaben?)] 1465
München, Universitätsbibliothek -- Cim. 46#Wasserzeichen

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Ars memorandi per figuras evangelistarum

[Süddeutschland?] 1470
München, Universitätsbibliothek -- Cim. 47 (= 2° Xylogr. 4)

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Ars memorandi per figuras evangelistarum

[Süddeutschland?] 1470
München, Universitätsbibliothek -- Cim. 47#Wasserzeichen

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

[Süddeutschland?] 1470
München, Universitätsbibliothek -- Cim. 47a (= 2° Xylogr. 5)

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

[Süddeutschland?] 1470
München, Universitätsbibliothek -- Cim. 47a#Wasserzeichen

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Canticum canticorum

[Deutschland] 1469
München, Universitätsbibliothek -- Cim. 48 (= 2° Xylogr. 6)

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Canticum canticorum

[Deutschland] 1469
München, Universitätsbibliothek -- Cim. 48#Wasserzeichen

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Franciscus <de Retza> 

Defensorium inviolatae virginitatis Mariae

[Nördlingen] 1470
München, Universitätsbibliothek -- Cim. 49 (= 2° Xylogr. 7)


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Medieval and modern manuscripts from all over the world, letters and autographs, music manuscripts

Old Printings
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Incunabula, block books, single sheet prints, emblem books, modern books, sinica

Maps & Images
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Maps, city plans, townscapes, architectural drawings, coats of arms, cartograms, watermarks

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Music sheets, musical manuscripts

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Daily and weekly newspapers, scholarly journals

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Reference books, dictionaries and encyclopedias

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History

Scientific works about history and folklore

Sources
Sources

Sources and editions of sources for historical research

Bequests & Autographs
Bequests & Autographs

Bequests & Autographs

Bavarica
Bavarica

Miscellaneous resources from and about Bavaria

Photographs
Photographs

Portraits and topographical views, photographic archives Heinrich Hoffmann, Felicitas Timpe, Bernhard Johannes and Georg Fruhstorfer.

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