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Basel, Universitätsbibliothek, A I 32
Paper · 476 ff. · 29 x 21,5 cm · 2nd quarter of the 15th century
Acta diversa concilii Basiliensis

This composite manuscript from the second quarter of the 15th century consists of eight independent parts; accordingly several hands can be distinguished. The volume contains writings on the council; notes in his own hand suggest that the volume belonged to the Dominican John of Ragusa, who was a one of the leading theologians participating in the the Council of Basel. This volume was later owned by the Dominican Convent of Basel. (gam/flr)

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Basel, Universitätsbibliothek, A II 6
Paper · 184 ff. · 29.5-30 x 21-22 cm · [Freiburg im Breisgau] · probably 1393-1396
Nycolaus de Lyra, Postilla super Isaiam et Dodecapropheton (Os-Hab)

Postil on Isaiah and the Twelve Minor Prophets, probably written between 1393 and 1396 by the Freiburg priest Rüdiger Schopf, decorated with two schematic drawings of the sun dial that illustrates the miracle of the healing of Hezekiah, This manuscript is part of a multi-volume, richly illustrated copy of the Bible commentary Postilla super totam Bibliam by Nicholas of Lyra, which the secular priest Rüdiger Schopf from Memmingen created for the Carthusian Monastery of Freiburg between 1392 and 1415. In 1430 the work, to which A II 1-5 and 10-13 belong as well, was sold to the Carthusian Monastery of Basel. (gam/flr)

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Basel, Universitätsbibliothek, A II 13
Paper · 219 ff. · 30-30,5 x 20-20,5 cm · [Freiburg in Breisgau] · 1413-1415
Nycolaus de Lyra, Postilla super epistulas Pauli

Postil on the Pauline epistles, written in 1413-1415 by the Freiburg priest Rüdiger Schopf. This manuscript is part of a multi-volume copy of the Bible commentary Postilla super totam Bibliam by Nicholas of Lyra, which the secular priest Rüdiger Schopf from Memmingen created for the Carthusian Monastery of Freiburg between 1392 and 1415. In 1430 the work, to which the richly illustrated volumes A II 1-6 and 10-12 belong as well, was sold to the Carthusian Monastery of Basel. (gam/flr)

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Basel, Universitätsbibliothek, A IX 96
Paper · 226 ff. · 21,5-22 x 15-15,5 cm · Isny/Allgäu · 1443
Expositio hymnorum et sequentiarum

Hymn and sequence commentary written in Isny in 1443 by Ulrich Bentz of Winterthur, attested as a registered student in Erfurt in 1444/1445. The text is closely linked to a 14th century Basel manuscript; parallel versions can be found in various southern German manuscripts. Marks on the back cover identify the volume as a liber catenatus. (gam/flr)

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Basel, Universitätsbibliothek, A VII 42
Paper · 276 ff. · 21 x 15.5 cm · 1465; 15th century
Composite manuscript (theological content)

This composite manuscript, property of the scholar and Carthusian monk Johannes Heynlin from Basel, consists of various handwritten and printed pieces of theological content: among them the treatise De saecularium religionibus by the Dominican and church reformer Johannes Nider, written in 1465 by a French scribe and annotated in the margin by Heynlin; or the text De miseria humanae conditionis by Gianfrancesco Poggio Bracciolini, one of the most important humanists of the Italian Renaissance. After Heynlin’s death, the volume became part of the library of the Carthusian Monastery of Basel. (gam/flr)

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Basel, Universitätsbibliothek, A XI 89
Parchment · 490 pp. · 22,5 x 15 cm · Hochheim near Worms, Dominican Cloister of Maria Himmelskron · about 1474
Johannes Meyer: Lives of the Dominican Brothers; Dominican Chronicle of Popes; Dominican Chronicle of Emperors

Composite manuscript from the Dominican Cloister Maria Himmelskron in Hochheim near Worms, containing works by Johannes Meyer; according to a note of ownership in his own hand, it was written in 1474. The Dominican Johannes Meyer of Basel acted as confessor in women’s convents of Strict Observance and put his extensive historiographic work in the service of the 14th century reform of the Dominican Order. (gam/flr)

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Basel, Universitätsbibliothek, AN II 7
Parchment · 143 ff. · 22 x 16 cm · Basel · 1461-1921
Register of deanships and of doctorates of the faculty of law at the University of Basel for the period from 1461 to 1921

The first part of this volume contains registers of the deanships from 1461 to 1529 with the respective accounts of the faculty’s funds as well as the lists of docents; the second part of the volume almost exclusively contains entries regarding doctorates granted from 1533 to 1921. Among the writers are, among others, Sebastian Brant, Basilius Amerbach, Remigius Faesch and Niklaus Bernoulli. (flr)

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Basel, Universitätsbibliothek, AN II 9
Parchment · 180 ff. · 27,5 x 20,5 cm · Basel · around 1465-1748
Register of the faculty of arts, 1461-1748

This volume of registers from the faculty of arts contains, as its oldest and originally sepa-rate part, the statutes of the faculty. At the end of the 15th century, they were bound toge-ther with an academic calendar and with two registers containing the names of students and graduates (‘baccalaureates’) matriculated since 1461. Quires originally left blank for this purpose continue the list of degrees (‘magister’ and ‘baccalaureate’) awarded until 1848. (flr)

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Basel, Universitätsbibliothek, AN III 16
Paper · 291 ff. · 21 x 21 cm · 3rd quarter of the 15th century
Acta concilii Constantiensis, sessiones 1-45, 1414-1418

This volume is one of several manuscripts that are preserved in Basel and that contain records of the Council of Constance (1414-1418). The origin of the manuscript, which contains source material about sessions 1-45, is not known. The script suggests the third quarter of the 15th century; the binding is dated to the 18th century. Noteworthy is the dry-point ruling of the leaves by means of a ruling-board. (gam/flr)

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Basel, Universitätsbibliothek, AN IV 6
Paper · 151 ff. · 21,5 x 16 cm · Augsburg(?) · 1485 Sept. 7
Psalter, German

A German Psalter, written in 1485 by Johannes Waltpurger, perhaps in Augsburg. The ornamental page decorated with vine scroll with the beginning of the first prologue is almost identical to one in a Cambridge manuscript by the same scribe. The back pastedown, glued to the cover, depicts a landscape showered in blood. It is not clear how this manuscript came to Basel. (gam/flr)

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Basel, Universitätsbibliothek, AN IV 18
Parchment · 46 ff. · 22,5-23 x 14,5-15 cm · Fulda · 1st half of the 9th century
Claudii Caesaris Arati Phaenomena

This manuscript, produced in the first half of the 9th century in Fulda, contains two astronomical texts: several excerpts of the Aratus latinus and the Aratea by Germanicus with explanatory scholia, illustrations of the 34 constellations and a (now removed) drawing of the entire night sky. The Aratea, based on the astronomical didactic poem by Aratus of Soli, served as illustrative source for the astronomical background knowledge required for teaching the computus (calculating the date of Easter) at the school of the Fulda Monastery. (gam/flr)

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Basel, Universitätsbibliothek, Bc II 5
Parchment · 337 ff. · 30 x 21 cm · Paris · 1459
Aristoteles, Miscellany

The first part of this composite manuscript from the Carthusian Monastery of Basel contains Aristotle’s writing on the soul, De anima, in William of Moerbeke’s translation, copied in Paris in 1459 by the scholar Johannes Heynlin. The main text, decorated with artistic initials with gold leaf as well as fleuronné initials, is closely surrounded by commentary in marginal and interlinear glosses, written in a small, compact semi-Gothic script. Bound into this volume as the second part is Aristotle’s De animalibus, printed in Venice in 1476; this text’s uncharacteristic lack of decoration at least raises the question of whether it was also part of Heynlin’s library. (gam/flr)

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Basel, Universitätsbibliothek, C V 28
Paper · 498 ff. · 21 x 14 cm · [Basel] · 1435-1439
Johannes Wydenroyd, Manuale rotae concilii Basiliensis, pars 2

Not without entering into competition with the curial judiciary authority did the Council of Basel (1431-1449) demand conciliar judicial authority patterned on the Roman Rota. The tried cases were recorded by notaries of the Rota, as in this manuscript written by Johannes Wydenroyd in the period between 15 March 1435 and 13 June 1439. This manuscript is the middle volume of three remaining Rota manuals from the Council of Basel. (gam/flr)

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Basel, Universitätsbibliothek, F I 21
Parchment · 194 ff. · 33,5 x 22,5 cm · 14th century
Albertus Magnus, Super ethica and De causis et processu universitatis

This 14th century manuscript, possibly produced by means of the Pecia System, contains the Super ethica and De causis et processu universitatis by Albertus Magnus. The Pecia System is a method for the quick handwritten reproduction of an original: instead of copying the text as a whole, it is divided into several sections so that several scribes could simultaneously work on creating a copy. This volume belonged to the Dominican Johannes Tagstern and thus became part of the chained library of the Dominican Convent of Basel. (gam/flr)

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Basel, Universitätsbibliothek, F III 8
Parchment · 165 ff. · 14,5 x 21,5 cm · middle of the 14the century - beginning of the 15th century
Astronomica et astrologica, de tempestate

This composite manuscript of mainly astrological-astronomical content includes a journal of weather observations kept over seven years, the so-called Basler Wettermanuskript. It records meteorological observations in daily entries from January 1, 1399 until March 21, 1406, without a single gap. Towards the end of the journal, the entries become more schematic, until finally they transition to tables of the positions of the planets with only occasional comments on the weather. The volume is from the Dominican Convent of Basel. (gam/flr)

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Basel, Universitätsbibliothek, F III 15g
Parchment · 66 ff. · 27-27,5 × 19-19,5 cm · Fulda · 9th century, 1st third
Isidorus Hispalensis, Sententiae (liber I-II)

One of the Isidore codices from the Monastery of Fulda; the codex escaped destruction because it reached Basel during the 16th century, before the abduction and destruction of the library during the Thirty Years' War. There it apparently served as a possible textual source for a planned edition of Isidore’s works. The codex was produced in Fulda in the first third of the 9th century and clearly still retains its Carolingian binding of wooden boards covered in brown leather with scudding decoration. (stb)

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Basel, Universitätsbibliothek, F III 15l
Parchment · 20 ff. · 29,5-30 × 22-23 cm · Anglo-Saxon center (on the continent? in England?) · 8th century, 1st half
Isidorus Hispalensis, Differentiarum liber . Gennadius Massiliensis, Definitio ecclesiasticarum dogmatum

One of the Isidore codices from the Monastery of Fulda; the codex escaped destruction because it reached Basel during the 16th century, before the abduction and destruction of the library during the Thirty Years' War. There it apparently served as a possible textual source for a planned edition of Isidore’s works. The codex was produced in the first half of the 8th century in England or in an Anglo-Saxon center on the continent. It retains its 8th or 9th century binding in a parchment cover and is considered one of the most important textual witnesses of Isidore’s Differentiarum liber. (stb)

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Basel, Universitätsbibliothek, F IV 13
Paper · 180 ff. · 29 x 21 cm · [Paris] · 3rd quarter of the 15th century
Nonius Marcellus; Varro

This French manuscript from the third quarter of the 15th century contains two works from ancient times. Nonius Marcellus (4th/5th century) offers linguistic and factual explanations on Latin authors mainly from the time of the Republic, partly in alphabetically-ordered lemmas; M. Terentius Varro († 27 BC) addresses linguistic questions concerning the Latin language. (gam/flr)

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Basel, Universitätsbibliothek, F IV 16
Parchment · 109 ff. · 15,5 x 10,5 cm · 1st half of the 13th century
Aristoteles, Boethius

Various Aristotelian writings in the Latin translation of Boethius as well as treatises by Boethius, written in a small 13th century script; they were bound together with two 15th century additions, probably for the scholar Johannes Heynlin from Basel, who bequeathed the volume to the Carthusian Monastery of Basel. Noteworthy for codicological reasons are the back pastedown and flyleaf, a parchment leaf that had been prepared for a prayer book. It consists of two bifolios with upside down text that should have been folded before binding, as was usual for printed sheets. However, the two bifolios were excluded and were not used in the prayer book; therefore there are no pinholes in the fold. (gam/flr)

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Basel, Universitätsbibliothek, F IV 43
Paper · 190 ff. · 21 x 15 cm · Basel · 1429
Johannes von Rheinfelden, Tractatus de moribus et disciplina humanae conversationis: id est ludus cartularum moralisatus

In his extensive Tractatus de moribus et disciplina humanae conversationis, the oldest description of playing cards known in Europe, Johannes von Rheinfelden explains not only the rules of play, but in addition he explicates the characters of the figures as well as the entire social order, based on the relation of the cards to one another. Konrad Schlatter, since 1428 confessor and later prior of the cloister of the Dominican nuns St. Maria Magdalena “in den Steinen”, left this treatise to the sisters for their moral edification. (gam/flr)

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