The project makes accessible in the WZIS not only watermarks collected by tracings and by rubbings gained since the mid 90s in various projects of the handwriting development centre of the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek promoted by the DFG, but also those digital photographs (thermographs) of prints dating from the 15th century recorded by a thermal camera.
The tracings originate mainly from manuscripts of the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek; however work has also been done on holdings from other Bavarian libraries (e.g. university libraries in Augsburg and Eichstätt; German National Museum in Nuremberg). An extensive documentation of watermarks was carried out when cataloguing the Latin manuscripts belonging to the Benedictine monastery St. Emmeram in Regensburg and of other manuscripts originating from Augsburg as well as of the Greek, German and illuminated manuscripts belonging to the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek.
As part of a project of digitizing and cataloguing about 90 xylographic books from Bavarian collections (see also http://www.bayerische-landesbibliothek-online.de/xylographa), all watermarks of the xylographic books were registered and included in the WZIS. In a second phase of the project thermographic photographs of watermarks from incunabula of the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek will be taken which have already been made available in the Internet as a result of an earlier digitizing project. (http://daten.digitale-sammlungen.de/~db/ausgaben/uni_ausgabe.html?projekt=1157526886). Primarily datable incunabula in folio size are being studied originating from South German printing places (e.g. Augsburg and Nuremberg, but also Bamberg, Eichstätt, Memmingen, Passau, Munich, Regensburg, Ingolstadt, Lauingen, Ulm).
Dr. Bettina Wagner
Department of Old Manuscripts and Prints