It was fortunate that the collection was not split up after Gude’s death. Instead, the librarian Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz arranged for virtually all the manuscripts to come to the ducal library (HAB) in Wolfenbüttel.

The 469 codices are precious rarities that are of major significance in the ancient and medieval classical tradition.

The project set out to examine the collection’s provenance and acquisition history, as well as how individual manuscript groups, manuscripts and texts have been transmitted and received in contemporary scholarship and what impact they have had.

In cooperation with the Zentrum für Mittelalter- und Frühneuzeitforschung (Centre for Medieval and Early Modern Research) at the Universität Göttingen


Funding: Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (German Research Foundation, DFG)
Duration: October 2011 – May 2017
Project participant: Dr Patrizia Carmassi