The Herzog August Bibliothek was going to be my sanctuary

By Ranjamrittika Bhowmik

Ranjamrittika Bhowmik participated in the MWW Research Internships programme at the Herzog August Bibliothek in Wolfenbüttel. In her report she shares her impressions of what she experienced during her four-week stay.

Herzog August Bibliothek (photo by author)

Content Based Image Retrieval for Emblems

By Rosa Ricci

From October 2017 till April 2018 Rosa Ricci stayed at the Herzog August Bibliothek in Wolfenbüttel as a stipendiary. Her research aims at finding an optimized algorithm able to retrieve ornaments and emblems and extracts them from digitized databases.

The top 20 best matches between key points. This allows the computer to recognise an object in an image.

History books for the Lutherian Cause

By Dietrich Hakelberg

One of the oldest printed library catalogues was recently discovered at the Herzog August Library in Wolfenbüttel. The single-leaf print from 1575 recorded a generous donation with hidden depths.

A unique catalogue in poster format: this single-leaf print from 1575 records Carl Wolfgang Rehlinger’s generous donation of books to Augsburg’s preacher [Augsburg: Valentin Schönig, 1575]. (Herzog August Library, Wolfenbüttel: Bc Kapsel 19 [7].

The teachings of the West African porcupine

Timo Steyer

After three years of collaboration, humanities scholars and IT experts from the Digital Humanities Research Collaboration held their closing conference in Göttingen. Timo Steyer from the Marbach Weimar Wolfenbüttel Research Association (MWW) took part and discovered much common ground with his work at the MWW.

Semantic web technologies enable different resources to be connected virtually. See for example this description of the West African porcupine as part of the Semantic Blumenbach project. The image is taken from Dr Jörg Wettlaufer's Powerpoint presentation about the project. Available at: [Viewed: 05.06.2015]

„Furrowed brow and chin in hand“

Hole Rößler

During the “Future Day” event at the Herzog August Bibliothek, school children learned about the project “Politics for the Image” – and demonstrated a keen sense for judging the credibility of authors’ portraits.

F. W. Brandshagen: Hermann Hamelmann. Aus: Opera Genealogico-Historica de Westphalia & Saxonia Inferiori. Lemgo: Meyer, 1711 (Herzog August Bibliothek Wolfenbüttel, A 8771).

No marginal notes. Nowhere – Petrarca's psalms struggle for recognition

Ursula Kundert

Francesco Petrarca, Psalmi penitentionales, Marcus Brandis, Leipzig ca. 1485. Wolfenbüttel, Herzog August Bibliothek, S 378. 8° Helmst., no page number.

The Book of Psalms is possibly the most frequently copied, printed, quoted, commented, translated, edited, and imitated work in...


Workshop “Image & Text”

Hole Rößler

At the Historical Museum AM HOHEN UFER in Hannover, there is a document which represents a unique example of the diverse interweave of text and image in portrait form. It is a portrait of Duke August the Younger of Braunschweig-Wolfenbüttel (1579-1666), sketched by Heinrich Julius...

Historisches Museum am Hohen Ufer Hannover, Bildarchiv, WM XXX, I (6) (mit freundlicher Genehmigung des Niedersächsischen Landesmuseums Hannover).

Fire-breathing dragons on foam wedge cushions – a lesson in handling a psalter

Friederike Wolpert

In the reading room at the Bibliotheca Augusta – the main library building of the Herzog August Library in Wolfenbüttel – researchers work with the research library's manuscript collections. I had ordered Cod. Guelf. 1147 Helmst., a fifteenth-century psalter and prayer book. The manuscript...

Detail of a dragon and initial in the Cod. Guelf. 1147 Helmst., a psalter from the 15th century.

The Hound Pants and the Stag Bells - How images influence our understanding of psalms

Ursula Kundert

When translating, it is not always easy to find the perfect balance between producing a faithful reproduction of an original and expressing it in a contemporary form. With regard to a poetic book of the Bible, e. g. the Psalms, faithful reproduction also means expressing the formal...

Event poster for a concert on 24 October 2011 by the North Hessian Chamber Choir featuring Psalm 42,2 set to music, based on Luther’s and English translations.