Lower Saxony and Bremen
Steinmeier visits the Herzog August Library in Wolfenbüttel
Wolfenbüttel (dpa/lni) – Federal President Frank-Walter Steinmeier visits the Herzog August Library (HAB) in Wolfenbüttel in the year of its 450th anniversary. The library announced Tuesday that Steinmeier would participate in the opening ceremony of a major special exhibition in April. Lower Saxony’s Minister of Culture, Björn Thümler (CDU), is also expected to attend the event. The “We Have Books” show is scheduled to open on April 5 in the Augusteerhalle of the Bibliotheca Augusta.
The library also wants to celebrate the anniversary year with a special exhibition: In the big special exhibition, the Gospels of Henry the Lion and Matilda from England, once the most expensive book in the world, will be shown again for the first time since 2015. The codex was purchased at Sotheby’s in London in 1983 on behalf of the state of Lower Saxony for 32.5 million marks (about €16.6 million).
In addition to the Gospels, the house includes the notorious “Adultery Winner’s Bible” and Martin Luther’s inkwell among outstanding exhibits. In addition, a special postage stamp will be presented in the Wolfenbüttel library in July.