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Sion/Sitten, Archives du Chapitre/Kapitelsarchiv 5
Fribourg/Freiburg, Archives de l'Etat de Fribourg/Staatsarchiv Freiburg 11
Sion/Sitten, Archives de l'Etat du Valais/Staatsarchiv Wallis 1
Bern, Burgerbibliothek 23
Porrentruy, Bibliothèque cantonale jurassienne 12
Fribourg/Freiburg, Bibliothèque cantonale et universitaire/Kantons- und Universitätsbibliothek 16
Lausanne, Bibliothèque cantonale et universitaire de Lausanne 4
Genève, Bibliothèque de Genève 40
Engelberg, Stiftsbibliothek 55
Sarnen, Benediktinerkollegium 10
Neuchâtel, Bibliothèque publique et universitaire de Neuchâtel 7
Cologny, Fondation Martin Bodmer 116
Trogen, Kantonsbibliothek Appenzell Ausserrhoden 12
St. Gallen, Stiftsbibliothek 504
Solothurn, Domschatz der St.-Ursen-Kathedrale 3
Schlatt, Eisenbibliothek 1
Fribourg/Freiburg, Couvent des Cordeliers/Franziskanerkloster 11
Wil, Dominikanerinnenkloster St. Katharina 12
Aarau, Aargauer Kantonsbibliothek 13
Frauenfeld, Kantonsbibliothek Thurgau 16
Sion/Sitten, Médiathèque du Valais 2
Orselina, Convento della Madonna del Sasso 4
Luzern, Provinzarchiv Schweizer Kapuziner Luzern 1
Aarau, Staatsarchiv Aargau 6
Beromünster, Stiftskirche St. Michael 2
Einsiedeln, Stiftsbibliothek 65
Schaffhausen, Stadtbibliothek 16
Zürich, Schweizerisches Nationalmuseum 4
St. Gallen, Stiftsarchiv (Abtei Pfäfers) 10
Bremgarten, Stadtarchiv Bremgarten 1
Sarnen, Staatsarchiv Obwalden 1
Schaffhausen, Staatsarchiv 5
Torre, Archivio parrocchiale 2
Basel, Universitätsbibliothek 15
Utopia, armarium codicum bibliophilorum 14
St. Gallen, Kantonsbibliothek, Vadianische Sammlung 18
Solothurn, Zentralbibliothek 10
Zürich, Zentralbibliothek 46
Luzern, Zentral- und Hochschulbibliothek 12
Zofingen, Stadtbibliothek 2

Swiss Manuscripts Abroad

Country Location, Library Manuscripts
Germany Überlingen, Leopold-Sophien-Bibliothek 2
Austria St. Paul in Kärnten, Stiftsbibliothek St. Paul im Lavanttal 1

Dispersed Manuscript Parts Abroad

Country Location, Library Manuscripts
France Paris, Bibliothèque nationale de France 1
United States of America Cleveland, The Cleveland Museum of Art 1
Russia St. Petersburg, National Library of Russia 1

Number of manuscripts: 59, displayed: 1 – 50

Bern, Burgerbibliothek, Cod. 162

Parchment · 104 ff. · 31.5 x 22 cm · France, Normandy, Saint-Trinité de Fécamp · middle of the 11th century

Augustinus: Opera

This manuscript, which originated in the Benedictine Abbey St. Trinité de Fécamp, contains various works by Augustine: De opere monachorum; De fide et operibus; Contra Donatistas; De bono virginitatis; De bono conjugali; De bono viduitatis; De symbolo bono (sermo 215); De oratione dominica (sermo 56). The manuscript is significant as important testimony of French manuscript illumination of the 11th century as well as, due to its history, of the exchange of manuscripts among Norman monasteries. (mit)

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Bern, Burgerbibliothek, Cod. 199

Parchment · 140 ff. · 28-29,5 x 23-24,5 cm · France · 8th century and 9 century and 9th–10th century

Gregorius Turonensis: Libri octo miraculorum; in addition: Evangelium Johannis (Fragmentum); Hieronymus: Vita sancti Pauli Thebaei

This manuscript contains the complete hagiographic works of Gregory of Tours, consisting of eight books of hagiographies. The manuscript is very close to Gregory’s autograph (class 1a); it originated in the circles of the Reims scriptorium in the 9th century. Two pages of a Gospel of John in Merovingian script as well as a Vita of Paul of Thebes were bound into the volume. (mit)

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Bern, Burgerbibliothek, Cod. 344

Parchment · 143 ff. · 24.5 x 22.5 cm · France: probably Auxerre · end of the 9th/ beginning of the 10th century

Florus Lugdunensis: Sententiae epistolarum beati Pauli apostoli a sancto Hieronimo presbitero, denique a beato papa Gregorio expositae

Florus of Lyon († around 860) specialized in compiling patristic commentaries on the Epistles of Paul. This manuscript was written in France, probably in Auxerre, at the beginning of the 10th century, and is devoted exclusively to the compilation of the commentaries of Jerome and Gregory the Great. These two compilations are currently unpublished; however, the other two known texts have been digitized: Paris, BnF, lat. 1764 ff. 28r–97v and Paris, BnF, n.a.l. 1460 ff. 82r–169v. (cha)

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Bern, Burgerbibliothek, Cod. A 9

Parchment · 329 ff. · 44.5 x 35 cm · France, Vienne · late 10th century / early 11th century

Biblia latina (Vulgata)

Monumental Bible in one volume, which reveals Spanish tradition and which is related to the so-called ‘Theodulf-Bibles.’ At the beginning there is a binio with the coena nuptialis in the version of Rabanus Maurus. Inserted into the text are a version of the Sibylline Oracles, a vita of John, as well as an oath regarding the rights of the church and a catalog of the bishops of Vienne; at the end are remnants of the Psalmi iuxta Hebraeos. The greater part of the manuscript’s many initials has been cut out. (mit)

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Cologny, Fondation Martin Bodmer, Cod. Bodmer 1

Parchment · IV + 133 + II ff. · 25.0 x 17.6 cm · End of the 13th century

Adenet le Roi, Cleomadés

Cleomadés, a poem in octosyllabic verse, is considered the masterpiece of the 13th century French poet Adenes le Roi. He lived at the courts of Brabant, France, and Flanders and composed various chansons de geste and courtly romances. (ber)

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Cologny, Fondation Martin Bodmer, Cod. Bodmer 31

Parchment · 30 ff. · 207 x 145 mm · Southern Germany or Switzerland · 12th century

Canticum canticorum cum glossa ordinaria

This manuscript contains the Song of Songs with a lacuna (6.5-8) due to the loss of a sheet. The Glossa ordinaria is written on the first sheet (1r-1v); it contains a heretofore unknown commentary. Placed alongside this is the first part of the Song of Songs (f. 2r-29r. until Ct 6.8), which in the beginning (f. 2r-v) is surrounded by another unknown commentary. The last sheets (f. 29v-30) contain excerpts from the prologue to the interpretation of the Song of Songs by Rupert of Deutz. The beginning of the Song of Songs is adorned with an initial depicting Solomon and the Shulamite. (ber)

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Cologny, Fondation Martin Bodmer, Cod. Bodmer 103

Parchment · V + 307 ff. · 27 x 20 cm · Bavaria / Austria · 1378 and second quarter of the 15th century (Wetzel, S. 147) as well as about 1430 (Hayer 1998, S. 160).

Konrad von Megenberg, Buch der Natur · Johannes Denenat, Experientiae notabiles medicae

The two originally independent parts of this manuscript were bound together probably in the last third of the 15th century (after 1469, cf. Index p. Iv). The first part, written in a single column (pp. 1r-272), contains the Buch der Natur (Prologfassung) by Conrad of Megenberg. This part of the manuscript features marginal corrections and glosses (especially for medically relevant parts of the text), which may be by the original owner of the manuscript (Hayer 1998, p. 162). Especially parts I, III, IV, and V of the Buch der Natur contain marginal notes and interlinear glosses in a 15th century hand which reworks the natural history texts allegorically for preaching. Numerous smaller and larger marginal illustrations. The second part, written in two columns (pp. 274ra-307rb) contains a medical compendium in six parts (childhood illnesses – illnesses due to the imbalance of the humores – diseases of the eyes – the plague, skin diseases, fever – surgery and wound care – venereal diseases, bone injuries, burns), Latin and German recipes and prescriptions, as well as a German table of contents. On p. 284ra is a drawing of surgical instruments. Formerly privately owned by the antiquarian Hans P. Kraus, New York, Nr. 1958/13; prior to that Maihingen, Fürstl. Öttingen-Wallersteinsche Bibl., Cod. III.1.2° 3. (wei)

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Cologny, Fondation Martin Bodmer, Cod. Bodmer 108

Parchment · 81 ff. · 242 x 150 mm · 13th century

Lucanus, De bello civili (cum glossis)

This text by Lucan is accompanied by marginal and interlinear glosses in various hands, which are partly contemporaneous, partly later; the most recent in an Italian hand that can be dated to the 14th/15th century. In the margin of f. 69v is a simple drawing of the mappa mundi. At least until the end of the 18th century, the manuscript belonged to the Carmelites of S. Paolo in Ferrara. (ber)

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Cologny, Fondation Martin Bodmer, Cod. Bodmer 146

Parchment · 38 ff. · 27.6 x 17.8 cm · Northern Italy · 10th century

Manuscript with rhetorical works, owned by Petrarch

10th century manuscript of Italian origin, which contains numerous works of rhetoric: the Ars rhetorica by Fortunatianus, the Principia rhetorices by Augustine, the Praecepta artis rhetoricae by Julius Severianus and the Partitiones oratoriae by Cicero. In the 14th century, it became the property of Petrarch (Francesco Petrarca), who, at various times of his life, added numerous marginal notes. The manuscript demonstrates the humanist’s interest in the Oratores latini minores (minor Latin orators), which contributed to their rediscovery and proliferation. (ber)

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Einsiedeln, Stiftsbibliothek, Codex 126(218)

Parchment · 267 (274) pp. · 315 x 215 mm · Disentis · first third of the 9th century

Hieronimus, Expositio in Evangelium Matthaei

This manuscript contains Jerome’s commentary on Matthew; it was written in Carolingian minuscule by the scribe Subo, who signed at the end of the text (p. 267) as well as on the last page (p. 268), which today, as the inside back page, is glued to the cover. The style of the initials indicates the Rhaetian area, whereas the scribe Subo is attested at Disentis Abbey. The manuscript has been in Einsiedeln since at least the 17th century, as shown by an ex libris on page 1. (ber)

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Einsiedeln, Stiftsbibliothek, Codex 131(1063)

Parchment · I-II + 272 pp. · 175 x 128 mm · 10th/11th century and 12th/13th century

Composite manuscript with works by Jerome, Gennadius, Isidore and others

This composite manuscript contains among others the De viris illustribus by Jerome and the De viris illustribus by Gennadius, the Deflorata by Isidore of Seville and, at the very end, the Tractatus de VII sacramentis, which was only added in the 12th/13th century. The 14th century binding is probably from Einsiedeln; certainly the manuscript was in the monastery library in the 17th century, as attested by the ex libris on p. 1. (ber)

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Einsiedeln, Stiftsbibliothek, Codex 152(309)

Parchment · 330 pp. · 295 x 210 mm · Disentis · first third of the 9th century

Gregorius Magnus, Moralia in Job

This manuscript contains Gregory the Great’s Moralia in Job. It is assumed the manuscript originated in Disentis, since its Carolingian minuscule is very similar to that of manuscript 126, written by the scribe Subo of Disentis. Therefore this manuscript, too, should be dated to the first third of the 9th century. The manuscript has been held at Einsiedeln since the 17th century, as attested by an ex libris on p. 3. (ber)

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Einsiedeln, Stiftsbibliothek, Codex 177(528)

Parchment · a-b + 351 (352) + y-z pp. · 263 x 183 mm · France (?) · 9th century

Beda Venerabilis, In Marci Evangelium Expositio

This manuscript contains the Venerable Bede’s Expositio of the Gospel of Mark (pp. 2-341) and a Tractatus de cruce domini (pp. 341-351) here attributed to Ambrose, but actually by John Chrysostom. According to A. Bruckner, the manuscript originated in the Rhaetian area; however, Hartmut Hoffmann assumes as origin St.-Germain-des-Prés. The ex libris on p. 3 attests to the manuscript’s presence at Einsiedeln since the 17th century. (ber)

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Einsiedeln, Stiftsbibliothek, Codex 205(416)

Parchment · 230 pp. · 275/280 x 164 mm · second half of the 9th century

Antiqui Canones . Collectio vetus Gallica

This collection contains various council documents (pp. 1-41) and the Collectio vetus gallica (pp. 41-166), the oldest systematic collection of canons from Gaul at the time of the Franks. The first part contains Old High German glosses from the 10th century. In the 17th century, the codex was in the area of Constance, as can be inferred from the ex libris of Bischop Johann Jakob Mirgel (1598-1644) on the front inside cover of the binding; shortly thereafter it reached Einsiedeln, as attested by the 17th century ex libris (p. 1). (ber)

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Einsiedeln, Stiftsbibliothek, Codex 281(886)

Parchment · a-b + 322 + y-z pp. · 202 x 125 mm · Rhaetia (1st part); Switzerland or Northern Italy (2nd part); France (3rd part) · 8th/9th century

Ascetica; Glossa psalmorum; Poenitentiale

The first part (pp. 1-178) contains ascetic treatises in Rhaetian or Alemannic minuscule, which originally constituted a single volume together with Einsiedeln 199. The other parts were written in Carolingian minuscule; the first part there of (pp. 179-270) can be localized to Switzerland or Northern Italy and the last part (pp. 271-314) to France. The manuscript was held in Einsiedeln in the 14th century already, as attested by numerous maniculae in the hand of Heinrich von Ligerz. (ber)

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Einsiedeln, Stiftsbibliothek, Codex 346(284)

Parchment · 410 (430) pp. · 320 x 230 mm · Constance · second third of the 9th century

Eusebius Caesariensis, Historia ecclesiastica

This manuscript contains Eusebius of Caesarea’s Historia ecclesiastica. Based on the script as well as several marginal notes, it can be placed in Southern Germany, perhaps in the area of Lake Constance. It is certain that the manuscript has been in Einsiedeln since the 14th century, as attested by numerous annotations by Heinrich von Ligerz, as well as two drawings by the same hand (p. 133 and 211). (ber)

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Engelberg, Stiftsbibliothek, Cod. 44

Parchment · 121 ff. · 28.5 x 18.3 cm · first half of the 13th century

Sermons, martyrology, Euangelium Nicodemi and related texts

The manuscript contains two collections of sermons (one of which is the Homiliary of Angers, the other unidentified), several individual sermons and a martyrology. It also contains (usually in part and/or with omissions) the Euangelium Nicodemi, Pseudo-Matthaei Euangelium, the Liber de lapidibus of Marbod of Rennes, the Elucidarium of Honorius Augustodunensis, De Antichristo of Adso of Montier-en-Der, the Breuarium apostolorum, and extracted sententiae. (con)

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Fribourg/Freiburg, Archives de l'Etat de Fribourg/Staatsarchiv Freiburg, Archives du Chapitre St. Nicolas/Kapitelsarchiv St. Niklaus, CSN III.3.2

Parchment · 257 ff. · 55.0 x 38.5 cm · Fribourg, Switzerland · 1511-1517

Antiphonarium Lausannense. De Tempore, pars hiemalis

This antiphonary with musical notation, whose text corresponds to the Lausanne Ordinary, contains the winter portion of the Proprium de tempore. The parchment codex was written between 1511 and 1517 in the workshop of Master Ruprecht (Fabri) in Fribourg. The book decorations are by Jakob Frank of the Augustinian monastery ofFribourg. The binding, from about 1528-1559, is from the workshop of the Franciscans in Fribourg. (utz)

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Fribourg/Freiburg, Archives de l'Etat de Fribourg/Staatsarchiv Freiburg, Archives du Chapitre St. Nicolas/Kapitelsarchiv St. Niklaus, CSN III.3.4

Parchment · 159 ff. · 61 x 41.5 cm · Fribourg, Switzerland · 1509/1510 (1517)

Antiphonarium Lausannense. De Tempore, pars aestiva. Commune Sanctorum

This antiphonary with musical notation, whose text corresponds to the Lausanne Ordinary, contains the summer portion of the Proprium de tempore as well as the Commune sanctorum. The parchment codex was written between 1509/1510 and 1517 in the workshop of Master Ruprecht (Fabri) in Fribourg. The book decorations are by Jakob Frank of the Augustinian monastery ofFribourg. (utz)

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Fribourg/Freiburg, Archives de l'Etat de Fribourg/Staatsarchiv Freiburg, Archives du Chapitre St. Nicolas/Kapitelsarchiv St. Niklaus, CSN III.3.6

Parchment · 168 ff. · 55 x 39 cm · Fribourg, Switzerland · (1510)-1517

Antiphonarium Lausannense. De Sanctis, pars hiemalis. Officium B.M.V. Commune Sanctorum

This antiphonary with musical notation, whose text corresponds to the Lausanne Ordinary, contains the winter portion of the de Sanctis, the Officium B.M.V. and the Commune Sanctorum. The parchment codex was written between 1510 and 1517 in the workshop of Master Ruprecht (Fabri) in Fribourg by 2 hands (A and B). The book decorations are by Jakob Frank of the Augustinian monastery ofFribourg and an assistant. (utz)

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Fribourg/Freiburg, Archives de l'Etat de Fribourg/Staatsarchiv Freiburg, Archives du Chapitre St. Nicolas/Kapitelsarchiv St. Niklaus, CSN III.3.8

Parchment · 256 ff. · 61-62 x 43 cm · Fribourg, Switzerland · 1511/(1517)

Antiphonarium Lausannense. De Sanctis, pars aestiva. Officium B.M.V.

This antiphonary with musical notation, whose text corresponds to the Lausanne Ordinary, contains the summer portion of the de Sanctis and the Officium B.M.V.The parchment codex was written between 1511 and 1517 in the workshop of Master Ruprecht (Fabri) in Fribourg. The book decorations are by Jakob Frank of the Augustinian monastery ofFribourg. (utz)

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Fribourg/Freiburg, Bibliothèque cantonale et universitaire/Kantons- und Universitätsbibliothek, Ms. L 5

Parchment · 175 ff. · 30 × 22,5 cm · Hauterive (?) · first half of the 13th century (after 1235)

Vitae et passiones sanctorum

This collection of hagiographical texts was written by various hands in the second third of the 13th century, probably in Hauterive. The presence of certain texts indicates a Cistercian origin (Vita of St. Robert of Molesme, the author Geoffroy de Hautecombe) and, based on our knowledge of medieval Hauterive, a regional origin (the Vita of St. Theodore, Bishop of Sion; the Vita and the Miracula of Saint Nicholas of Myra; the Vita of St. Elizabeth of Hungary; the Passio of Saint Maurice and his companions by Eucherius of Lyon). The end of the book contains a collection of texts related to confession. The last one of these attests a little know activity of the monks: the pastoral care of the Cistercian nuns. The manuscript remains in its original cover which, although damaged, is still well recognizable: a cover with wide flaps that cover the edges of the book. (jur)

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Fribourg/Freiburg, Bibliothèque cantonale et universitaire/Kantons- und Universitätsbibliothek, Ms. L 37

Paper · 147 ff. · 22 x 15 cm · Dijon · 1447

Boetius

Few works of antiquity had as profound an influence on the Middle Ages as did Boethius’ De Consolatione Philosophiae. This exemplar contains valuable information which allows it to be placed in an interesting historical context. The Fribourg cleric Pierre Guillomin finished copying the manuscript on Christmas Eve 1447 in Dijon. The colophon, which states these details, also names the recipient of the manuscript, Jacques Trompettaz († 1503), a compatriot of the copyist. The latter was careful to include in several passages of the text, in addition to his own name and that of the addressee, the names of two more Fribourg friends, Claude de Gruyère and Jacques Sutz, Monk at Hauterive. (jur)

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Fribourg/Freiburg, Bibliothèque cantonale et universitaire/Kantons- und Universitätsbibliothek, Ms. L 84

Parchment · 132 ff. · 35-37 × 26 cm · first half of the 13th century

Biblia sacra (Isaias-Malachim)

This Cistercian manuscript, datable to the first half of the 13th century, contains only a part of the Old Testament, that is, the Books Isaiah to and including Malachi. This book must have changed libraries for historical reasons. After being held in the Cistercian Abbey Frienisberg in the Canton of Bern, it reached Hauterive when the Bernese Monastery was dissolved during the Protestant Reformation. The last Abbot of Frienisberg, Urs Hirsinger, is said to have arrived at the Fribourg Abbey with a handful of manuscripts. (jur)

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Fribourg/Freiburg, Bibliothèque cantonale et universitaire/Kantons- und Universitätsbibliothek, Ms. L 145

Paper · 46 ff. · 20,5-21 x 14,5 cm · Germany · around 1486

Johannes de Paltz

This quaestio disputata by the Augustinian Johannes of Paltz (around 1445-1511) is a perfect illustration of the working methods of medieval scholasticism. The manuscript was written in Erfurt in the summer of 1486 and has as its topic the refutation of three errors. The first regards those who claim “to be able to calculate and foresee the Last Judgment.” It seems that this document is the only handwritten version of this text, which is known through two printed editions from the 15th century. Franz Xaver Karker (1812-1892), Canon of the Cathedral of Breslau (today Wroclaw in Poland), donated this work to the Fribourg library. (jur)

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Fribourg/Freiburg, Bibliothèque cantonale et universitaire/Kantons- und Universitätsbibliothek, Ms. L 158

Parchment · 131 ff. · 32 x 21 cm · Hauterive (?) · second half of the 12th century

Missale cisterciense

Probably written around 1200 in Hauterive, this Cistercian missal has recently attracted the attention of historians who study St. Elizabeth of Hungary (1207-1231). Together with another manuscript from Hauterive, the antiphonary L 301, this manuscript is considered evidence of the rapid spread of the cult of the saint in a Cistercian monastery. Indeed, the general chapter of the Cistercians decided in 1236 to have the name of the saint, who was canonized the previous year, entered into the martyrology and into the calendar of the order. The corresponding entry in our manuscript’s calendar, by a second hand, is probably a consequence of this decision. (jur)

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Fribourg/Freiburg, Bibliothèque cantonale et universitaire/Kantons- und Universitätsbibliothek, Ms. L 293

Parchment · 171 ff. · 33,5-34 x 22-22,5 cm · Hauterive (?) · beginning of the 13th century

Vitae sanctorum . Hugo de Sancto Victore . Fretellus . Moralium dogma philosophorum . Computistica . Interpretationes nominorum hebraicorum

This manuscript contains predominantly hagiographical texts, written in various hands at the beginning of the 13th century. One could reasonably propose that it originated at Hauterive. Without doubt, the text at the beginning of the collection was most important for the monks, a Vita of St. Bernard of Clairvaux (the Vita prima), which takes up the greatest part of the manuscript. Also worth noting is a text quite surprising in a monastic context: the Liber locorum sanctorum terrae Jerusalem at the time of the Latin Kingdom of Jerusalem by Fretellus of Nazareth († after 1154). Another particularity of the manuscript is its binding with flaps that show traces of metalwork in the shape of a star. (jur)

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Fribourg/Freiburg, Couvent des Cordeliers/Franziskanerkloster, Ms. 6

Parchment · 220 ff. · 360 x 280 mm · Fribourg, Franciscan Monastery · 1488

Antiphonarium

Antiphonary from the Franciscan Monastery of Fribourg, dated 1488 according to the colophon f. 214v. Drolleries are drawn in the margins and by the initials. The manuscript contains a miniature (f. 14v, birth of Christ) and beautiful initials (flowers, fruit, zucchini), attributed to the Master of the Breviary of Jost of Silenen. (zim)

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Fribourg/Freiburg, Couvent des Cordeliers/Franziskanerkloster, Ms. 9

Parchment · 247 ff. · 310-315 x 230 mm · Fribourg, Franciscan Monastery · about 1300

Graduale

Gradual from the Franciscan Monastery of Fribourg, still in use in the 16th/17th century according to the ownership note on the inside cover. Binding from the 16th century. Written in a Gothic minuscule around 1300. The beginning of important feasts is indicated with larger initials, sometimes with miniatures (e.g. F. 128v Ascension, f. 132v the Miracle of Pentecost). (zim)

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Fribourg/Freiburg, Couvent des Cordeliers/Franziskanerkloster, Ms. 20

Parchment and paper · 141 ff. · 22,5 x 30 cm · 1380–1389

Petrus de Candia, Commentary on the Sentences

Commentary on the Sentences by the Franciscan Petrus de Candia; the rear inside cover has a note of ownership by Friedrich von Amberg (†1432), the erudite preacher and guardian who set up the first library of the Franciscan Monastery of Fribourg. Foliation, catchwords, subheadings, marginal and index notes by von Amberg, further marginal notes in another hand. (zim)

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Genève, Bibliothèque de Genève, Ms. fr. 70/1

Parchment · 241 ff. · 35 x 25,5 cm · Lyon · ca. 1457-1482

Jean de Courcy, La Bouquechardière

Between 1416 and 1422, Jean de Courcy wrote a chronicle titled La Bouquechardière, named after his fief. The chronicle, which consists of 6 books, is a compilation of mythological, biblical and legendary stories. The first volume contains the first three books, i.e., the history of Greece, of Troy and of the Trojans who escaped the destruction of their town. The Genevan manuscript comes from the Lyon workshop known as “de Guillaume Lambert.” The manuscript contains beautiful frontispiece illuminations at the beginning of each book. (hoc)

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Genève, Bibliothèque de Genève, Ms. fr. 70/2

Parchment · 228 ff. · 35 x 25,5 cm · Lyon · ca. 1457-1482

Jean de Courcy, La Bouquechardière

Between 1416 and 1422, Jean de Courcy wrote a chronicle titled La Bouquechardière, named after his fief. The chronicle, which consists of 6 books, is a compilation of mythological, biblical and legendary stories.The second volume contains the last three books, i.e., the history of the Assyrians, of the Macedonians, and of Alexander and the Maccabees. The Genevan manuscript comes from the Lyon workshop known as “de Guillaume Lambert.” The manuscript contains beautiful frontispiece illuminations at the beginning of each book. (hoc)

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Genève, Bibliothèque de Genève, Ms. fr. 170

Parchment · 272 ff. · 37.5 x 26.5 cm · Bruges · ca. 1485-1490

Frederick II of Hohenstaufen, Livre de l’art de chasser au moyen des oiseaux

In the 1240s, Frederick II of Hohenstaufen wrote a Latin treatise on falconry (De arte venandi cum avibus), in order to introduce his son Manfred to bird hunting. This treatise, consisting of 6 books, was the subject of a second edition by Manfred, who albeit revised only the first two books. At the beginning of the 14th century, the treatise was translated into French based on a manuscript which today is held in the Vatican and which contains Manfred’s additions to the first two books. The French version is preserved in 4 manuscripts, among them the one from Geneva, decorated by the Bruges Master of 1482 ("Maître brugeois de 1482") and his associates. (hoc)

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Genève, Bibliothèque de Genève, Ms. lat. 62

Parchment · 16 ff. · 34.6 x 27.0 cm · Geneva · 1483-1490

Statuta et ordinationes ecclesie Gebennensis (Statutes and ordinances of the Church of Geneva)

This document, carefully written on parchment in the years 1482-1490, contains the 148 articles that define the statutes of the Church of Geneva. In 1484, they were approved by Pope Innocent VIII. They contain regulations concerning the ritual of the religious ceremonies of the canons of St. Pierre Cathedral in Geneva as well as regulations concerning their canonical life. (jeg)

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Genève, Bibliothèque de Genève, Ms. lat. 98

Parchment · I-III + 54 + IV-VI ff. · 21 x 12.5 cm · France: Champagne, Burgundy or Centre · 1170-1180

Alexandreis (epic poem relating the story of Alexander the Great), by Walter of Châtillon

This manuscript, dated to the years 1170-1180, contains the text of the Alexandreis, a Latin epic poem written by Walter of Châtillon to tell the story of Alexander the Great. Dedicated to the Archbishop of Reims, the work quickly became a great success and remains known today as “the greatest epic poem of medieval literature”. In addition, the version preserved in this manuscript should be one of the oldest. (jeg)

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Neuchâtel, Bibliothèque publique et universitaire de Neuchâtel, Ms. R 55

Paper · 432 ff. · 24 x 18-18.5 cm · Paris · 1753-1764

Jean-Jacques Rousseau, Dictionnaire de musique

First complete handwritten edition, with a number of deletions and cross-references. Each booklet consists of 12 bifolia. The pages were numbered by Rousseau. The recto of the pages contain the text, the verso corrections and additions. In his Dictionnaire de musique, Rousseau takes up again the approximately four hundred articles he had written in 1749 for the Encyclopédie. Starting in 1753, in answer to attacks and criticism brought on by his articles, he begins to revise and rewrite them. Because he strives for lexicographic completeness in the field of music, the author composes more and more new entries, reaching close to nine hundred terms. In 1794 the manuscript is donated to the Neuchâtel Library by Pierre-Alexandre DuPeyrou (1729-1794) from Neuchâtel, Rousseau’s friend and publisher. (beg)

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Neuchâtel, Bibliothèque publique et universitaire de Neuchâtel, Ms. R 78

Paper · 140 pp. · 16.8 x 10.7-10.9 cm · Paris · 1776-1778

Jean-Jacques Rousseau, Les Rêveries du promeneur solitaire

Carefully handwritten copy of the first seven Promenades (of the ten that make up the published text), with several crossed out and deleted passages. Each booklet consists of 12 bifolia. From page 1 to 83, the pages were numbered by Rousseau, from page 84 by Th. Dufour. In Les Rêveries, Rousseau performs one last introspection in the form of philosphical thoughts and reflections, which he himself characterizes as an appendix to his Confessions. In the fifth Promenade, he describes with nostalgia the moments of solitary happiness he experienced on St. Peter's Island in Lake Biel. The Rêveries are Rousseau’s last text; after the philosopher’s death, they were retained by his friend and publisher Pierre-Alexandre DuPeyrou (1729-1794) from Neuchâtel, who in his testament bequeathed the manuscript to the Neuchâtel Library. (beg)

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Porrentruy, Bibliothèque cantonale jurassienne, Ms. 1

Parchment · 401 ff. · 355 x 265 mm · around 1462/1463

Missale pontificale basilieense episcopi Johannis de Venningen

15th century parchment missal, made for Bishop Johann von Venningen (1458-1478). The expenditure records of Bishop Johann von Venningen permit tracing the individual stages of the making of this missal. This manuscript was created at the same time as ms. 2 and ms. 3. In 1462/1463, the final touches were added to the almost completed manuscript, the illumination, the initials, the fleuronné initials, and especially the attachment of the cover. For convenience, the order of the Ordo and the Canon was changed. Originally meant to be at the beginning of the manuscript, they were finally placed in the middle. (rer)

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Porrentruy, Bibliothèque cantonale jurassienne, Ms. 2

Parchment · 147 ff. · 455 x 270 mm · around 1462/1463

Pontificale Basileense episcopi Johannis de Venningen (pars prima)

Pontifical of Johann von Venningen, Bischop of Basel (1458-1478), produced at his request (first part). The expenditure records of Bishop Johann von Venningen permit tracing the individual stages of the making of this Pontifical. This manuscript was created at the same time as ms. 1 and ms. 3. In 1462/1463, the final touches were added to the almost completed manuscript, the illumination, the initials, the fleuronné initials, and especially the attachment of the cover. (rer)

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Porrentruy, Bibliothèque cantonale jurassienne, Ms. 3

Parchment · 120 ff. · 355-360 x 270 mm · around 1462/1463

Pontificale Basileense episcopi Johannis de Venningen (pars altera)

Pontifical of Johann von Venningen, Bischop of Basel (1458-1478), produced at his request (second part). The expenditure records of Bishop Johann von Venningen permit tracing the individual stages of the making of this Pontifical. This manuscript was created at the same time as ms. 1 and ms. 2. In 1462/1463, the final touches were added to the almost completed manuscript, the illumination, the initials, the fleuronné initials, and especially the attachment of the cover. (rer)

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Porrentruy, Bibliothèque cantonale jurassienne, Ms. 5

Parchment · 262 ff. · 21-21.5 x 15-15.5 cm · Diocese of Basel · around 1300

Missale Basileense

Missal following the liturgical custom of the Diocese of Basel, datable to around 1300. In the 15th century, a part containing the Ordo Missae was added, preceded by a Crucifixion miniature. The binding was restored in 1992 and replaces the unpreserved original binding. (rer)

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Porrentruy, Bibliothèque cantonale jurassienne, Ms. 7

Parchment · 150 ff. · 370 x 260 mm · between 1502 and 1527

Missale festivum basileense episcopi Christofori de Utenheim

Missal following the liturgical custom of the Diocese of Basel, commissioned by Christoph of Utenheim, prince-bishop of Basel between 1502 and 1527; he had his coat of arms, crossed with that of the Diocese of Basel, painted in the lower margin of f. 2r. The Canon of the Mass, decorated with a historicized initial depicting the Mass of St. Gregory, is not original but was added later. The border with flower decoration in the side margin and the presumed miniature of the Crucifixion in the beginning were removed. (rer)

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Porrentruy, Bibliothèque cantonale jurassienne, Ms. 8

Paper · 346 ff. · 145 x 105 mm · Deventer (Netherlands · first quarter of the 16th century

Breviarium trajecense ad usum ecclesiae collegiatae Sancti Lebuini daventriae (Pars aestiva)

Given the liturgy and the presence of the Office for the Saint, this breviary originated in St. Lebuinus Church in Deventer (Netherlands). It belonged to Swibert de Keyserswerth (died after 1551), paternal grandfather of the Dutch organist and composer Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck (1562-1621). (rer)

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Porrentruy, Bibliothèque cantonale jurassienne, Ms. 9

Parchment · 89 ff. · 160-165 x 125-130 mm · France (Besançon ?) ·

Liber Horarum Bisuntinus

Book of Hours following the custom of the Diocese of Besançon, with the calendar in French. Its decoration is incomplete, which makes it possible to reconstruct the various stages of its production. (rer)

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Porrentruy, Bibliothèque cantonale jurassienne, Ms. 11

Parchment · 298 ff. · 290 x 210 mm · Southern Germany · 1425

Johannes Cassianus

This manuscript contains the De institutis coenobitorum and the Collationes patrum by John Cassian. It was acquired new by Schönensteinbach Cloister (France), thanks to a donation for this purpose from the nun Magdalena Bechrerin. The manuscript belonged to Franz Joseph Sigismund von Roggenbach, Bishop of Basel from 1782 to 1794. A manuscript with identical content and similar colophon, dated 1408, originated in the Dominican Convent of Nuremberg and is now held in that city’s library. (rer)

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Porrentruy, Bibliothèque cantonale jurassienne, Ms. 12

Paper · 399 ff. · 295 x 210 mm · 1457

Dominicus de Sancto Geminiano (?)

Paper manuscript dated 1457; it contains a register of canon law with glosses, attributed in the codex itself to Dominicus de S. Geminiano. (rer)

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Porrentruy, Bibliothèque cantonale jurassienne, Ms. 20

Parchment · 190 ff. · 310 x 220 mm · Besançon (?) · 14th century

Jacobus de Voragine, Legenda aurea

This manuscript contains the Legenda aurea by Jacobus de Voragine. Lacunas in the manuscript are due to the loss of several sheets which probably contained historicized initials. The presence of the legend of St. Antidius as well as characteristics of the decoration suggest that the manuscript originated in Besançon. (rer)

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St. Gallen, Stiftsbibliothek, Cod. Sang. 223

Parchment · 138 pp. · 19.5 x 14 cm · St. Gall · 12th century

"Ordo iudicii in mensura"; "Lectiones de Sancta Trinitate"; Isidore's "Synonyma"; Pseudo-Sisbert of Toledo's Penitential works

Produced in the 12th century in St. Gall, this manuscript contains some liturgical and religious texts, a list of abbots of St. Gall, the Synonyma by Isidore of Seville (ca. 556-636) and three penitential works, namely the Exhortatio poenitendi, Lamentum poenitentiae and Oratio pro correptione uitae, nowadays considered as spurious works of Sisbert, bishop of Toledo at the end of 7th c. (can)

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St. Gallen, Stiftsbibliothek, Cod. Sang. 1004

Paper · 180 ff. · 15 x 11 cm · St. Gall, Benedictine Monastery / Hermitage of St. George · 1432-1436

›Engelberger Predigten‹, Johannes von Indersdorf, Marquard von Lindau

This manuscript was written by the Benedictine Friedrich Kölner among others and was meant for the Hermitage of St. George; in addition to a translation of the life of St. Benedict (after Gregory the Great’s “Dialogi”, Liber 2) and an excerpt from the Eucharist treatise of Marquard of Lindau, it contains an especially early version of prayers from the “Wilhelm-Gebetbuch” and the “Ebran-Gebetbuch” by Johannes von Indersdorf. Furthermore, it transmits several of the “Engelberger Predigten”, thus completing the collection contained in Cod. M 47 from the archive of the Convent of the Dominican sisters at St. Katharina in Wil. It bears mentioning that both of these manuscripts are based on an earlier model, to which also the manuscripts Cod. Sang. 1919 and Wil M 42, which were created about 50 years later, owe their (complementary) selection of „Engelberger Predigten“. (nem)

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St. Gallen, Stiftsbibliothek, Cod. Sang. 1066

Paper · 327 ff. · 31 x 21 cm. · St. Gall, Dominican Convent of St. Katharina · probably 1484

German Sermons (Meister Eckhart, Johannes Tauler, Nikolaus von Straßburg et al.)

This manuscript, which originated probably in 1484 in the Convent of the Dominican Sisters of St. Katharina in St. Gall, constitutes the first (remaining) half-volume of a collection which, as indicated in the table of contents, originally comprised 151 sermons, organized according to the church year, and in all likelihood meant to be read daily at mealtime. Among others, it contains sermons by Meister Eckhart, Johannes Tauler, Nikolaus von Straßburg, Rudolf Goltschlacher, Meister Wilhelm, Felix Fabri (?), Jordan von Quedlinburg and several from the corpus of the „St. Georgener“ and „Engelberger Predigten“. Remarkably, regarding the inventory of “Engelberger Predigten”, Cod. Sang. 1066 is exactly complementary to Cod. Sang. 1919 and Wil M 42, which also originated in the Convent of the Dominican sisters of St. Katharina in St. Gall. Cod. Sang. 1919 and Wil M 42 are directly or indirectly based on the same model *C to which also cod. Sang. 1004 and Wil M 47, created 50 years ealier in the St. Gall Benedictine Monastery, owe their selection of Engelberger Predigten; in contrast, Cod. Sang. 1066 is based on a manuscript from text group *Y3, close also to Cod. 752(746) from the library of the Benedictine Monastery of Einsiedeln. (nem)

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