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Österreichische Nationalbibliothek: HMML Repository

Österreichische Nationalbibliothek

The history of the Österreichische Nationalbibliothek can be traced back to the literary holdings of Emperor Maximilian I (1493-1519), some of whose volumes passed into the imperial Hofbibliothek in Vienna in the sixteenth century. From uncertain beginnings the library progressed consistently, gathering rarities and reputation. Known until 1918 as the Kaiserliche und königliche Hofbibliothek and since then as the Österreichische Nationalbibliothek, its collection of some 30,000 manuscripts is one of the most important in the world. Approximately 14,000 codices in various languages (including Latin, German, Greek, and other European languages; also Arabic, Ottoman Turkish, Persian, Ge'ez, etc.) were filmed for HMML. In addition, tens of thousands of papyri fragments from the Papyrussammlung were also filmed. A portion of this collection was later digitized by the Zaydī Manuscript Tradition project (ZMT). This contains manuscripts of Zaydī origin, mostly from Yemen, including numerous works on Zaydī law and history along with Muʻtazilī theology.

Western European ; Islamic
Österreichische Nationalbibliothek
Project Codes
Main Series; ZMT
Project Numbers
13379-25623; 25679; HMML Sep. Austria. Wien. Österreichische Nationalbibliothek.; ONB Film; ZMT 00250-00498
Objects Preserved
ca. 14,000
Active Catalog Records
Digital Surrogates
Microfilm Reels
Date Preserved
HMML Reading Room (first record)
HMML Authority File
Reproduction Notes
Some pages or decoration filmed also in color

Tabulae codicum manu scriptorum, praeter graecos et orientales in Bibliotheca Palatina Vindobonensi asservatorum (1864-1899).

Otto Mazal and Franz Unterkircher, Katalog der abendländischen Handschriften der Österreichischen Nationalbibliothek, Series nova (1963-1997).

Gustav Flügel, Die arabischen, persischen und türkischen Handschriften der Kaiserlich-Königlichen Hofbibliothek zu Wien (1865-1867).

Herbert Hunger and Otto Kresten, Katalog der griechischen Handschriften der Österreichischen Nationalbibliothek (1961-1992).

Hermann Menhardt, Verzeichnis der altdeutschen literarischen Handschriften der Österreichischen Nationalbibliothek (1960-1961).

Arthur Zacharias Schwarz, Die Hebräischen Handschriften der Nationalbibliothek in Wien (1925).

Preservation Status
Cataloging Status
In progress
Legacy Catalog
Collections News
3,236 manuscripts added

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