Numérisation de manuscrits et imprimés chinois de la Bibliothèque d’État de Bavière

Les collections d’Asie orientale de la bibliothèque d’État de Bavière (Bayerische Staatsbibliothek) comptent environ 320 000 volumes en chinois, japonais et coréen. Un projet de numérisation des titres en chinois et en japonais, libres de droits, de cet ensemble vient de s’achever, donnant ainsi accès à l’une des plus importantes collections chinoises au monde.

Digitalisierung Chinesischer Handschriften und Drucke | Foto: BSB

Digitalisierung Chinesischer Handschriften und Drucke | Foto: BSB

The Chinese collection, which on a global scale is regarded as one of the most important ones outside of China, comprises around 230,000 printed volumes, as well as 3,000 manuscripts. Amongst the most valuable are about 20 printings from the Song Dynasty (960-1279) and the Yuan Dynasty (1279-1368), as well as more than 100 printings from the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644).

The Japanese collection consists of roughly 90,000 printed volumes. For this collection, two major purchases were especially important: In 1972, 190 printings from the pre-Meiji period were acquired in Holland. From 1986 onwards, 709 further ancient Japanese titles in 2,654 volumes were taken over from an excellent Japanese scholars’ library.

The small Korean collection comprises about 610 volumes which were printed before 1900. The majority of the latter ones dates back as far as the 17th century.

Digitization before 2011

Since 2005, East Asian titles (requested in the context of Digitization on Demand (DOD), as well as some selected from exhibitions) have been digitized by the Munich Digitization Center (MDZ), which is part of the Bavarian State Library.

DFG project for digitizing Chinese manuscripts and printings (2011-2015)

The oldest Chinese printings and manuscripts (originating from the 7th to the mid-17th century) were comprehensively catalogued and fully digitized between 2011 and 2013. In this project, which was funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG), more than 5,000 fascicles, 29 leporelli and 10 scrolls were digitized and around 390,000 single images were produced.

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Monique Abud

Centre d'études sur la Chine moderne et contemporaine, EHESS, Paris, France

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