This website is the continuation of a project begun in 1998 at Yale University. The original site is no longer available except as an archived file, and so this site will serve as its replacement.
The Carthusian monastery at Buxheim in southwestern Germany was founded in 1402 and over the years established a library that in the late Middle Ages and early modern period was one of the largest in Europe, with over 700 manuscripts and more than 500 incunables, eventually including around 15,000 other volumes. The monastery was secularized in the early nineteenth century, and when the Waldbott von Bassenheim estate could no longer manage its debt, the library along with the choir stalls and other furnishings were sold in 1883. Although Ludwig Rosenthal managed to secure many of the volumes for his own antiquarian business in Munich, the library was spread throughout Europe and North America, and its volumes can currently be found in many public and university libraries as well as in private hands. This site will make several historical catalogs of the library available, as well as provide information on its history and those personalities that contributed to its growth and care.