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Famous Books - Treasures of the Bavarian State Library

By Bayerische Staatsbibliothek

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The Bayerische Staatsbibliothek accommodates in its vaults some world-famous and most precious works of the written cultural heritage of mankind. The App "Famous Books - Treasures of the Bavarian State Library" presents an exquisite selection of these holdings:

52 splendid manuscripts, unique incunabula and rare, precious printed works from the Occident and the Orient, all representing treasures whose originals can be viewed only very rarely in exhibitions. The brilliant, comprehensive digital copies of the exhibits - formatted for presentation on iPad, iPhone and iPod - provide a fascinating insight into the treasures held by the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek.

The manuscripts and printed works can be browsed from the first to the last page. Among the exhibits there are for example the manuscript A of the Nibelungenlied, the eight volumes of the Ottheinrich Bible, the Babylonian Talmud or the Parzival epic by Wolfram von Eschenbach.

Requires iPhone 3GS or newer, iPad or iPod touch (32GB and up) latest generation. Does not run on iPhone 3G, iPod touch 8GB or older.

What's New in Version 1.7

Enhanced to take advantage of the Retina Display of the new iPad.


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Customer Reviews


If ever an app deserved its 5 stars, it's this one. While other similar apps charge much more for a few selected images of highlights in their collection, this app opens a generous portion of their collection to your own self-guided, hi-resolution tour. And what really sets this app apart is that you don't get to see just a couple of selected pages, you have access to the entire book, just as if you were actually in the library, looking at the artifact in person. Actually, you have better access to these treasures with this app than you would in person. Want to see and read an original Gutenberg Bible? Here it is, every chapter and verse of the original. This app offers a glimpse at the kind of visionary research tool the internet could-and should-be. Absolutely outstanding app.

A glimpse into history

This app provides access to beautiful manuscripts I wouldn't ever get to see otherwise, and in a very user-friendly interface, and I love how you can zoom in so close. I just wish there were more apps like this one! Now if only I could actually read any of these languages... :)

Incredible app for anyone who loves manuscripts

Amazing!!!!!! I wish every major library would do something like this. So wonderful too see these manuscripts in such high quality digital images... on one's phone! Highly recommended! Thanks to the BSB for this fantastic app!

Famous Books - Treasures of the Bavarian State Library
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This app is designed for both iPhone and iPad
  • Free
  • Category: Books
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  • Version: 1.7
  • Size: 132 MB
  • Languages: English, German
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Compatibility: Requires iOS 4.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.

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