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The Buxheim Library: Books from the Carthusian Charterhouse of Buxheim (southwest Germany) celebrating the 600th anniversary of its founding in 1402

Friday, November 1, 2002 to Tuesday, December 31, 2002

The Charterhouse Buxheim and Its Library website represents an attempt to recreate virtually a fifteenth-century library. The library once present at the Carthusian monastery of Buxheim, Germany, was one of the largest of its kind. The manuscripts now reside in over fifty libraries across Europe and North America, and some remain in private hands. Many remain unlocated or unidentified since their sale and dispersion at auction in 1883. This project will, over the next several years, bring these manuscripts together again, if only in the form of interactive catalogs and databases. The project will take many years to realize, but it is hoped that the current pages will give you an idea of what value such a concept can have for our understanding of late medieval and early modern librarianship and codicology. You may view the manuscript catalogs either through the 1693 or 1755 links in the "Library" or through the "Current Library" pages. A pictorial tour of the monastery as it is today can be found under "Pictures."


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