Latin manuscripts at the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek (Bavarian State Library) - Clm

The collection of Latin codices (Codices latini monacenses - Clm), with a good 17,300 volumes, is the largest in number and, in addition to the German and Greek manuscripts, also the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek's most significant collection of occidental manuscripts. Around 11,000 manuscripts date from the Middle Ages. The order of the manuscripts (according to their provenance) and the associated sequence of signatures can be traced back to the work of librarian Johann Andreas Schmeller (1785-1852).

Outstanding pieces

Outstanding pieces in the collection are the "Codex aureus von St. Emmeram" (Codex aureus of St. Emmeram) (Clm 14000) from the court school of Charles the Bald around 870, the "Evangeliar Kaiser Ottos III" (Emperor Otto III Gospel) from the time around 1000 (Clm 4453) as well as the "Perikopenbuch Kaiser Heinrichs II." (Pericopes of Emperor Henry II), which was written just a bit later (Clm 4452) and the "Sakramentar" (Sacramentary) made for him (Clm 4456) as well as a "Purpur-Evangeliar" (Purple Gospel) from the first quarter of the 9th century (Clm 23631). The "Uta-Codex" (Clm 13601) from around 1025, the world-famous manuscript of the "Carmina Burana" (Clm 4660) or, as an example of a modern Latin manuscript, autographs of the most famous Latin poet of the Bavarian Baroque, the Jesuit Jakob Balde (1604-1668) (Clm 27271) should also be highlighted.

The Latin manuscripts also contain important German texts as supplements and the like, such as the "Wessobrunner Gebet" (Wessobrunn Prayer) (Clm 22053) and the "Muspilli" (Clm 14098).

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