Manuscripts and Early Printed Books
From the library's founding stock
A parchment Bible coloured by Lucas Cranach the Younger of the Anhaltine Prince Johann IV. from the year 1541
Digitisation for the VDs
Family album illustrated with copper plates from 1615, digitised for the index of printed books published in the German-speaking world: VD 17
Art treasures of the library: Rahel and Marcus Levin
Painted in 1783 by Johann Christoph Frisch. Depicted is Rahel Varnhagen von Ense, née Levin, with her brother, detail of the painting, SBB-PK: K17
Acquired for the Sammlung Deutscher Drucke
"Deutsches Kochbuch" of Margarete von Bennigsen from 1897 in the original publisher's binding
Photographs of a wagtail, spring 1912
From the estate Oskar Heinroth
SBB-PK: Nachl. 137, K18, Album IV
History of the Russian Communist Party (1925) from the library of the Institute for Social Research looted by the Nazi regime.
- Dante Alighieri Dante describes paradise
- From the library's founding stock
- A bestseller of the Renaissance from Francesco Colonna
- Digitisation for the VDs
- Art treasures of the library: Rahel and Marcus Levin
- Acquired for the Sammlung Deutscher Drucke
- Photographs of a wagtail, spring 1912
The Department of Manuscripts and Early Printed Books, created in 2022, is by far the largest special department of the Berlin State Library, with over 65 highly specialized employees. It guarantees the national and international availability and visibility of globally unique collections (manuscripts, incunabula, estates, autographs, old and rare prints, artistic prints, broadsides and graphic collections, publishing archives - and other special materials), including UNESCO World Document Heritage.
The department is also responsible for the Berlin State Library's 3 million-volume historical print collection and ensures a research-oriented dovetailing of the special and main collections.