The Münchener Digitalisierungszentrum (MDZ)

MDZ Trasure BindingWhile testing the Standard map yesterday evening, I randomly clicked one of the pins to check if everything was working as intended. I ended up on the Münchener Digitalisierungszentrum (MDZ) website and started giving a look around. As imaginable, after five minutes I was drooling for the quantity of amazing manuscripts that you can find on this website.

The Treasure Bindings at the MDZ

It is difficult to choose what to feature from the Münchener Digitalisierungszentrum. There are at least 2016 digitized medieval manuscripts ranging from the 7th century to the 14th century, plus many (guessing another thousand or more) from the 15th and 16th century. The MDZ possesses many gems within these books that it is simply impossible to find them all and post them here, so I chose to feature the treasure binding that I was able to find. Enjoy!

MDZ Evangeliar - BSB Clm 16003, Passau, um oder kurz nach Mitte 12. Jh. [BSB-Hss Clm 16003]
Evangeliar – BSB Clm 16003, Passau, um oder kurz nach Mitte 12. Jh. [BSB-Hss Clm 16003]
Evangeliar - BSB Clm 9475, Niedersachsen (Hamburg-Bremen?), 2. Drittel 11. Jh. [BSB-Hss Clm 9475]
Evangeliar – BSB Clm 9475, Niedersachsen (Hamburg-Bremen?), 2. Drittel 11. Jh. [BSB-Hss Clm 9475]
Heinrich Römisch-Deutsches Reich, Kaiser, II: Evangeliar - BSB Clm 4454, Reichenau, Anfang 11. Jh. [BSB-Hss Clm 4454]
Heinrich Römisch-Deutsches Reich, Kaiser, II: Evangeliar – BSB Clm 4454, Reichenau, Anfang 11. Jh. [BSB-Hss Clm 4454]
Evangeliar - BSB Clm 4451, Mainz, 2. Viertel 9. Jh. [BSB-Hss Clm 4451 - BSB-Hss Clm 4451]
Evangeliar – BSB Clm 4451, Mainz, 2. Viertel 9. Jh. [BSB-Hss Clm 4451 – BSB-Hss Clm 4451]
Sakramentar - BSB Clm 10077, [S.l.] Nordwestdeutschland (Fuldaische Schule), 3. Drittel 10. Jh. [BSB-Hss Clm 10077]
Sakramentar – BSB Clm 10077, [S.l.] Nordwestdeutschland (Fuldaische Schule), 3. Drittel 10. Jh. [BSB-Hss Clm 10077]
Sakramentar - BSB Clm 10077, [S.l.] Nordwestdeutschland (Fuldaische Schule), 3. Drittel 10. Jh. [BSB-Hss Clm 10077]
Sakramentar – BSB Clm 10077, [S.l.] Nordwestdeutschland (Fuldaische Schule), 3. Drittel 10. Jh. [BSB-Hss Clm 10077]
Evangelistar - BSB Clm 16002, Passau, um 1170 - 1180 [BSB-Hss Clm 16002]
Evangelistar – BSB Clm 16002, Passau, um 1170 – 1180 [BSB-Hss Clm 16002]
Evangeliar - BSB Clm 28321, Tegernsee, Frühes 12. Jh. [BSB-Hss Clm 28321]
Evangeliar – BSB Clm 28321, Tegernsee, Frühes 12. Jh. [BSB-Hss Clm 28321]
Evangeliar - BSB Clm 28321, Tegernsee, Frühes 12. Jh. [BSB-Hss Clm 28321]
Evangeliar – BSB Clm 28321, Tegernsee, Frühes 12. Jh. [BSB-Hss Clm 28321]
Evangeliar - BSB Clm 28321, Tegernsee, Frühes 12. Jh. [BSB-Hss Clm 28321]
Evangeliar – BSB Clm 28321, Tegernsee, Frühes 12. Jh. [BSB-Hss Clm 28321]
Evangelia aliquot - BSB Clm 2938, [S.l.], 12. Jh. [BSB-Hss Clm 2938]
Evangelia aliquot – BSB Clm 2938, [S.l.], 12. Jh. [BSB-Hss Clm 2938]
Evangelia aliquot - BSB Clm 2938, [S.l.], 12. Jh. [BSB-Hss Clm 2938]
Evangelia aliquot – BSB Clm 2938, [S.l.], 12. Jh. [BSB-Hss Clm 2938]
 Hieronymus, Sophronius Eusebius / Eusebius Caesariensis: Evangelia quatuor cum prologis et capitulis - BSB Clm 6832, [S.l.], 11. Jh. [BSB-Hss Clm 6832]
Hieronymus, Sophronius Eusebius / Eusebius Caesariensis: Evangelia quatuor cum prologis et capitulis – BSB Clm 6832, [S.l.], 11. Jh. [BSB-Hss Clm 6832]

The overall browsing experience through the MDZ is satisfying. The images are big and of very good quality: not too dark, not too bright. There are some things that could be improved:

  • Ability to select manuscripts only.
  • The possibility to see more than just five miniatures at a time.
  • Creative Commons copyrights.

I literally just scratched the surface in this post. As you can imagine, every cover presented here hides a digitized illuminated manuscript behind it. Plus, these are just five or six medieval manuscripts out of thousands of them. I strongly advise that you jump into the MDZ and randomly browse. Who knows which treasure unseen for years you might come across. Have fun discovering!

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Giulio Menna
Giulio is an MA graduate in Book and Digital Media Studies from Leiden University, the Netherlands. He is also system librarian at Leiden University Library. Founder and developer of Sexy Codicology and the DMMmaps Project; lover of medieval manuscripts and of all things digital.