A total of 6,000 books are distributed among 2,300 printed works, forming the largest Luther collection anywhere in the world. The printed works have been described in detail and their characteristics recorded in special registers. Particular attention has been paid not only to the illumination of the books, which feature 2,400 woodcuts and opulent motifs, but also to the previous owners – 940 of whom are named with many more remaining anonymous – and the additions they made from the 16th century on. The process of preparing the extensive catalogue for publication started in 1970, and in November 2006 it was opened up to the public as an internet portal.
Information on the project can be found in the HAB database
Funding: Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (German Research Foundation, DFG)
Project participant: Maria von Katte