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Collection of Art Prints

Consisting of roughly 35,000 publications (gallery prints and specialist literature), the Collection of Art Prints provides an overview of book design development in the 20th and 21st centuries. It was created as a special collection of the Deutsche Bücherei at the time of the German book art movement and was prompted by the Internationale Ausstellung für Buchgewerbe und Graphik in 1914. As early as 1917 work began on displaying bibliophile prints, original graphic portfolios and valuable facsimile editions. The collection was soon expanded to include conventional books in a wide range of forms and featuring different types of content. When the German Museum of Books and Writing was incorporated into the Deutsche Bücherei Leipzig in 1950 the collection was assigned to the museum. It constitutes the continuation of the Klemm-Sammlung.


  • Examples of book design in Germany in the 20th/21st centuries
  • Specialist bibliological literature, including script samples and books of typeface specimens
  • Artist books
  • Press prints
  • Stiftung Buchkunst and publications of the "German Book Design" competition
  • International book art examples from the "Schönste Bücher aus aller Welt" exhibition
  • Dust covers
  • Art prints

Cataloguing, use

The holdings can be retrieved via the catalogue of the German National Library. Card index catalogues are available for subject cataloguing: Publishers' catalogue, artists' catalogue (illustrators, typographers, cover and jacket designers, photographers), catalogue of printers, setters and bookbinders, printing type catalogue, subject heading catalogue.

Last update: 29.04.2014

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