What is one of the most expensive books

KiZ tip: Herzog-August-Bibliothek in Wolfenbüttel

What visions must have haunted this man? 300 years ago, the famous Herzog August Library was considered the eighth wonder of the world and the largest collection of books north of the Alps.

View into the Augusteer Hall of the Herzog August Library. Photo: HAB

Wolfenbüttel (sbr). The Guelph Duke wanted to see the knowledge of his time collected on the shelves here. The library housed the largest number of prints and was - in terms of the collection of medieval manuscripts - important for all of Europe. Two of its well-known leaders were Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz and Gotthold Ephraim Lessing.

These are real treasures that are regularly shown to the public in the “Bibliotheca Augusta” - such as the Gospel Book of Henry the Lion. The work from the 12th century is one of the most valuable books in the world. The safe is opened and the gospel is presented to the public only every two years.

The showpiece of medieval book art - probably commissioned in 1188 - was a foundation for the Braunschweig Cathedral. With its wealth of colors and gold decorations, it is considered the highlight of Romanesque book illumination. In 1983 it was auctioned off by the London auction house Sotheby‘s for 32.5 million marks (the equivalent of 16.6 million euros).

The museum rooms of the Bibliotheca Augusta and the neighboring Lessinghaus are usually open Tuesday to Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The entrance fee for both houses is 5 euros.

Further information: www.hab.de