Western (European) manuscripts

Among the Western manuscripts are over 500 medieval codices, including outstanding examples of calligraphy and illumination in books of hours, psalters and other devotional works.

Most are in Latin, but fine illuminations also appear in English, French, Greek and Italian texts.

Manuscripts from important monastic and other centres are numerous, among them Bremen, Erfurt, Essen, Luxeuil, Murbach, Trier and Weissenau, and there are also many secular works including cartularies, royal wardrobe books and chronicles.

Post-medieval material has a strong emphasis on literary papers, as well as antiquarian collections, socio-historical material, and personal correspondence and papers.

There are many original bindings, medieval jewelled book covers, and ivory carvings.