Manuscripts - Old and Rare Books

The collection "Manuscripts - Old and Rare Books" comprises some 35,000 objects from nearly all phases of the production of books that are either old, valuable, rare, exceptional or else somehow unique. The criteria for compiling the collection take into account that the books either convey, illustrate or interpret German history or that they themselves relate their own history. The emphasis lies on printed books from the time of incunabula to the present day.

Contrary to the collections of Documents the collection of Rare and Old Books contains almost only bound material. It is associated with the Library of the Deutsches Historisches Museum and partly mixed in with its stocks.

The collection is constantly being expanded through purchases from the normal market or bequests from private persons or institutions.

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