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Historic collections in figures

The Abteilung Altes Buch (Rare Books Department) is responsible for the historic collections at the University Library. The rare book collections consist of:

  • 3,384 manuscripts, comprising:
    • 100 mediaeval German-language manuscripts 
    • 529 mediaeval manuscripts in Latin
    • 29 mediaeval manuscripts from the Orient
    • 2,726 manuscripts from the modern era
  • 11 block books
  • about 475,000 works printed before 1900, comprising:
    • 3,592 incunabula
    • 150 German-language post-incunabula
    • about 40,000 16th century printed works
    • about 50,000 17th century printed works
    • about 130,000 18th century printed works
    • about 250,000 19th century printed works
  • 183 literary estates including about 55,000 autograph works
  • about 130,000 theses and disputations published before 1909, comprising:
    • about 12,000 volumes published in the 17th century
    • about 53,000 volumes published between 1700 and 1840
  • about 13,000 volumes in the Rare Books Collection
  • the library of the book-lover and collector Maassen
  • ex-libris collection (including the Wiese collection)
  • other special collections