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Digital East Asia Collections

The East Asia Collections of the Bavarian State Library comprise around 320,000 original volumes in Chinese, Japanese and Korean dating back to the 7th-19th century. The Bavarian State Library owns in particular an extensive Chinese collection of international renown. It amounts to around 230,000 printed volumes and 3,000 manuscripts. It stands out in particular for its excellent old stock with regard to both volume and quality. Among the most valuable items are around 20 printed works form the Song (960-1279) and Yuan (1279-1368) dynasties, as well as over 100 printed works from the Ming dynasty (1368-1644), among them a number of unique specimens which have survived only in Munich. About 2 million single images can be accessed via the portal 'Digital East Asia Collections'.

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