Department of Early Printed Books
From the founding collection of the Electoral Library
Parchment Bible from 1541 belonging to the Anhaltine Count Johann IV colored by Lucas Cranach the Younger (1515-1586)
Common provenance marks on historical colored paper
Label for the Diez Library (after 1817) and bookplate of Karl Theophil Guichard, called Quintus Icilius (before 1775)
Numismatic annotations and drawings attached with pins by the later Berlin librarian J. C. Schott (d. 1717).
From the Italian Renaissance
Bookplate colored and inscribed by a pupil of Titian, a typical feature of the now dispersed "Biblioteca Piloni"
Digitization of the index
Family album from 1615 illustrated with copper plate prints, digitized for the index of printed books published in the German-speaking world VD 17
History of the Russian Communist Party (1925) from the library of the Institute for Social Research looted by the Nazi regime
Acquired for the Collection of German Prints
"German Cookbook" by Margarete von Bennigsen from 1897 in the original publisher's cover
- From the founding collection of the Electoral Library
- Common provenance marks on historical colored paper
- Handwritten additions
- From the Italian Renaissance
- Digitization of the index
- Acquired for the Collection of German Prints
In its collections the Department of Early Printed Books preserves rare and precious historical printed materials for future generations.
With around 265,000 volumes, these are the most extensive collections of their kind in a German library. In addition, the department is responsible for the acquisition and indexing of historical printed materials published between 1501 and 1912.
Through its cooperation in corresponding projects, it contributes to the creation of a retrospective German national bibliography
(VD 16/VD 17/VD 18) and the development of a virtual Nationalbibliothek (German national library).