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Basel, Universitätsbibliothek, Codex restitutus 1
Parchment · 8 + 55 ff. · 16-26 x 13.5-17 cm · Fulda · 9th century
Theodori and Theodulfus Aurelianensis ・ Ordo ad paenitentiam dandam ・ Ps. Augustinus ・ Hrabanus Maurus ・ Ambrosius Autpertus ・ Praecepta vivendi et al.

This codex contains a virtual reconstruction of a manuscript of the codices Codices F III 15e and N I 1: 3c. In conjunction with the digitization and description of this two manuscripts it became possible to establish that around 1500, N I 1: 3c‬‬‬ had been part of F III 15e‬‬‬ as its first quire. This explains the title De conflictu viciorum et virtutum N I 1: 3c, 1r, which makes sense only in the context of the entire codex. As shown by the lost text at the beginning and at the end, N I 1: 3c‬‬ had previously already been part of another codex. The entire codex reached Basel in the 16th century; there N I 1: 3c‬ was separated prior to 1643. (stb)

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Basel, Universitätsbibliothek, F III 15e
Parchment · 55 ff. · 24-26 x 15-17 cm · German Anglo-Saxon region (near Fulda?), Fulda and Mainz · 9th century; supplements until 10th century
Theodori and Theodulfus Aurelianensis ・ Ordo ad paenitentiam dandam ・ Ps. Augustinus ・ Hrabanus Maurus ・ Ambrosius Autpertus ・ Praecepta vivendi et al.

A composite manuscript from Fulda with texts primarily on the topic of repentance and asceticism. Similar to a series of Isidore-codices from Fulda, it reached Basel in the 16th century - possibly because one of the texts contained therein also survived under Isidore’s name; thus it escaped the abduction and destruction of the Fulda library during the Thirty Years’ War. The various parts and texts are written in Anglo-Saxon and Carolingian minuscule and originated in Fulda and its surroundings, up to Mainz. The leather binding, presumably still Carolingian, was much changed at a later time, especially due to the removal of the covers. Apparently in Basel, what had formerly been the first quire (Paenitentiale Theodori), in a markedlay smaller format, was removed from the collection. Today it bears the shelf mark N I 1: 3c‬‬. (stb)

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Basel, Universitätsbibliothek, N I 1:3c
Parchment · 8 ff. · 16 x 13-13,5 cm · Fulda · 1st quarter of the 9th century
Theodori and Theodulfus Aurelianensis ・ Ordo ad paenitentiam dandam ・ Ps. Augustinus ・ Hrabanus Maurus ・ Ambrosius Autpertus ・ Praecepta vivendi et al.

This fascicle contains the version of the Paenitentiale Theodori named for this textual witness the ‘Canones Basilienses;’ it was written by two hands from Fulda in an Anglo-Saxon minuscule of the first quarter of the 9th century. Around 1500, this quire was part of the current manuscript F III 15e‬‬‬‬. This explains the title de conflictu viciorum et virtutum on 1r, which does not fit with the content of the quire. As evidenced by the lost text at the beginning and at the end, N I 1: 3c had previously been part of another codex. (stb)

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Bern, Burgerbibliothek, Cod. 611
Parchment · 153 ff. · 18-19 x 14-14.5 cm · France: evidently Eastern France · 8th century Jh. (Palimpsests 5th century and 7th century)
Composite manuscript: Merovingian excerpts from grammatical, patristic, computistic and medical works

This Merovingian composite manuscript, which was probably created in (Eastern) France, originally consisted of six independent parts, which were written by different, often not very practiced hands in various phases. Most of the close to thirty individual pieces are texts from grammatical, patristic, computistic and medical works. The longer pieces are interspersed with further excerpts, partly written in Tironian notes. One quaternio from the only partially preserved third part is today held in Paris (BN lat. 10756). Noteworthy is the palimpsest in the fifth part, whose undertexts were probably written in Italy in the 7th century and in the second half of the 5th century respectively. (mit)

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Bern, Burgerbibliothek, Cod. 803
Parchment · 1 f. · 59.7 x 13-13.5 cm · Alsace: probably Murbach Abbey · end of the 11th / beginning of the 12th century
Rotulus of Mülinen: Recipes, incantations, blessings, De taxone liber; alphabetical glossary of plants

This manuscript is probably from Murbach Abbey; it is an example of the transmission of texts by the medium of the medieval scroll. The Rotulus of Mülinen contains more than 460 recipes, incantations and blessings in Latin, with selective interlinear glosses in Old High German. In addition there is an isolated recipe purely in Old High German Contra paralysin theutonice. The verso side contains an extensive glossary with over 1500 lemmas from the field of medicine, partly provided with Latin and Old High German explanations. (koe)

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Bern, Burgerbibliothek, Cod. 847.9
Parchment · 2 ff. · 21 x 23.5 cm · 1571
Notarial document (fragment)

These two fragments are from the binding of Cod. 611, from which they were removed during restoration; they are two halves of a French notarial document relating to Pierre Daniel. (mit)

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Einsiedeln, Stiftsbibliothek, Codex 117(497)
Parchment · 126 pp. · 25 x 18.5 cm · Einsiedeln · End of the 11th century
Martyrologium, Regula S. Benedicti, Homiliarium

This manuscript contains a martyrology (pp. 1-28), the Rule of Saint Benedict (pp. 28-83) and a homiliary (pp. 84-126). It was written by two scribes in a late Carolingian minuscule and contains two initials decorated with plant branches drawn in ink. In the 13th century, a document about the confraternity of Einsiedeln Abbey and St. Blaise Abbey in the Black Forest was added to a blank area at the end of the text of the Rule of Saint Benedict (p. 83). (ber)

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Einsiedeln, Stiftsbibliothek, Codex 255(460)
Parchment · 252 pp. · 27 x 18.8 cm · Einsiedeln · 10th century (around 960-970)
Johannes Cassianus, Vitae et Collationes

This manuscript contains the third part (Collationes 18-24) of the Vitae et collationes patrum by John Cassian. The text is introduced by a full-page miniature, showing a medallion with Cassian in the middle, in the process of writing his work, surrounded by four abbots on a checkered background: Piamun and Giovanni with a round nimbus, Pinufius and Theonas with a square one. This manuscript was part of a group of codices that were created during the term of Abbot Thietland (961 until about 964). (ber)

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Einsiedeln, Stiftsbibliothek, Codex 318(733)
Parchment · 178 pp. · 21 x 19 cm · Soissons · third quarter of the 9th century
Claudianus Mamertus, De statu animarum libri tres

This is an almost square manuscript with wide margins, into which several glosses have been inserted. The manuscript’s main text is the treatise De statu animarum by Claudianus Mamertus, which had been widely disseminated in the Middle Ages. The manuscript was certainly not produced in Einsiedeln, but probably originated in Soissons. (ber)

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Einsiedeln, Stiftsbibliothek, Codex 620(423)
Paper · 98 ff. · 29 x 19.5-20 cm · 1421
German Psalter

German Psalter. The psalms are preceded by rubrics that indicate the occasion when the psalm should be recited. The manuscript also contains several canticles, the Te deum and the Litanies of the Saints. The names in the litanies indicate a Benedictine origin. The manuscript was written in 1421 by Othmar Ortwin. In 1839 it was purchased by the Einsiedeln monk and librarian P. Gallus Morell from the Cistercian Wurmsbach Abbey on Lake Zürich. (ber)

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Engelberg, Stiftsbibliothek, Cod. 52
Parchment · 76 ff. · 26.8 x 18.4 cm · late 11th century
Handbook of canon law

Engelberg 52 is a late eleventh-century handbook of canon law from the circle of Bernold of Constance († 1100), an ardent champion of Pope Gregory VII. It comprises various canonistic compilations: the 'Collection in Seventy-Four Titles' (Collectio 74 titulorum with the so-called 'Swabian Appendix' (Appendix svevica; two short collections 'On Churches' (De ecclesiis) and 'On Illicit Unions' (De illicitis coniunctionibus); the Pseudo-Gelasian decretal 'On Books to be Received and not to be Received' (De libris recipiendis et non recipiendis); the 'Canons of the Four Principal Councils' prefaced by 'Adnotation I' (Adnotatio I; and the Epitome Hadriani prefaced by 'Adnotation II' (Adnotatio II). All of these items can also be found in two closely related manuscripts (St. Gallen, Stiftsbibliothek, Cod. Sang. 676‬‬, and Stuttgart, Württembergische Landesbibliothek, HB.VI.107); but several appear here in shorter, possibly less developed forms. Prefixed to the whole is a catalogue of popes extending from Peter I to Leo IX with the addition of Victor II. Though it acknowledges Henry III’s role in the appointment of four popes (from Clement II to Victor II), it was possibly the source of the papal catalogue that Bernold attached to his Chronicle (Munich, Bayerische Staatsbibliothek, Clm 432, fols. 10r12r). (hay)

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Genève, Bibliothèque de Genève, Comites Latentes 102
Parchment · 2 + 367 + 2 ff. · 34.6 x 26 cm  · Paris · around 1320
Vita plurimorum sanctorum apostolorum martirum confessorum atque virginum (Lives of the saints)

This manuscript is a hagiographic compilation in French prose which recounts the lives of the apostles, martyrs, confessors and saints. Some of the accounts are attributed to Wauchier de Denain. The manuscript is dated to the first quarter of the 14th century; it was decorated by the Papeleu Master and the illuminator Mahiet and notably contains more than eighty historiated initials. (hoc)

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Genève, Bibliothèque de Genève, Ms. lat. 55
Wood and wax · 4 + 6 + 2 ff. · 35.8/36 x 15.7/15.8 cm · France · 1306-1309
Record of expenditures for the Hôtel of Philip IV the Fair, King of France, for the years 1306-1309, written on wax tablets

The Bibliothèque de Genève’s Ms. lat. 55 is an exceptional document because it consists of six wax tablets listing the expenditures for the royal household of the French King Philip IV the Fair for the years 1306-1309. Over time, the wax turned black and hard, which makes it harder to read. But the images of the tablets are accompanied by a transcription and by a facsimile prepared in 1720-1742 by the Genevan Gabriel Cramer. Preserved as „Ms. lat. 55 bis“, this handwritten facsimile makes it possible to access the content of the tablets and to compare the current state with that of 1720-1742 and thus to recognize the loss of pieces of the wax. (jeg)

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Genève, Bibliothèque de Genève, Ms. lat. 55 bis
Paper · 8 + 6 ff. · 39.3 x 24.8 cm · Geneva · 1720-1742
Transcription and facsimile of Ms. lat. 55 from the Bibliothèque de Genève

The Bibliothèque de Genève’s Ms. lat. 55 is an exceptional document because it consists of six wax tablets listing the expenditures for the royal household of the French King Philip IV the Fair for the years 1306-1309. Over time, the wax turned black and hard, which makes it harder to read. But the images of the tablets are accompanied by a transcription and by a facsimile prepared in 1720-1742 by the Genevan Gabriel Cramer. Preserved as „Ms. lat. 55 bis,“ this handwritten facsimile makes it possible to access the content of the tablets and to compare the current state with that of 1720-1742 and thus to recognize the loss of pieces of the wax. (jeg)

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Genève, Bibliothèque de Genève, Ms. lat. 367
Parchment · I-II + 203 + III-IV ff. · 20 x 14 cm · Maître de l’Entrée (de François I), Lyon, and a collaborator · Beginning of the 16th century, after 1511
Philibert de Viry’s Book of Hours, for the Philibert de Viry, for use in Geneva

Philibert de Viry’s manuscript is one of the rare Books of Hours for use in the Diocese of Geneva to have survived until today. Illuminated in Lyon by the Maître de l’Entrée de François I, it contains miniatures directly inspired by Albrecht Dürer’s (1511) woodcuts Petite Passion. This is an early witness of the reception of this series of images in France and an example of the often unsuspected influence of engraving on book decoration. (jeg/rou)

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Neuchâtel, Bibliothèque publique et universitaire de Neuchâtel, AF A8
Parchment · 135 ff. · 32 x 22 cm · 14th century
Lancelot du lac [Arthurian Romance]

Old French prose manuscript, missing the beginning. It was probably written on sheep parchment, which was processed roughly. The initials are rubricated in red. Space was left for decorated letters, which were not executed. The text at the end is damaged. The 135 leaves are separated into 19 quires. The first and last leaves are missing. The manuscript probably is from the library of the Counts of Neuchâtel since it is mentioned in an inventory from the library of Jean de Fribourg and Rudolf von Hochberg, which was prepared at the end of the 15th century. In 1813 the governing council gave the manuscript, along with 16 other pieces, to the library of Neuchâtel. (beg)

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Neuchâtel, Bibliothèque publique et universitaire de Neuchâtel, AF A20
Paper · 164 pp. · 22 x 16.5 cm · 1572-1595
Hory Blaise, Poetry in French, Latin and German

This manuscript on paper, bound in parchment, is composed of 82 leaves, separated into 12 quires that are sewn together, some of them incomplete. Blaise Hory, pastor from Gléresse, wrote the religiously inspired texts in French, Latin and German. They include prayers, expressions of thanks and poems. The manuscript was owned by the Marval family, who donated it to the Neuchâtel library in May 1842. (beg)

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Neuchâtel, Bibliothèque publique et universitaire de Neuchâtel, Ms. A 40
Paper · 129 + 79 pp. · 20.5 x 16.5 cm · between 1654 and 1687
„Faits et gestes“ of the Counts of Neuchâtel

At the beginning of the manuscript, one reads (adapted in modern French): Faits et gestes des Comtés de Neuchâtel, depuis Conrad dixième et dernier roi de la Haute et Basse Bourgogne jusqu’au siècle courant. Description des villes et principales contrées de la Principauté de Neuchâtel en Suisse et Haute Allemagne, anciennement dite Helvétie. Description du Mont Jura. In 1687 this single-volume, anonymous paper manuscript with a parchment binding belonged to someone named François Gallandre. The manuscript is composed of two distinct parts, numbered separately. It contains historical accounts about the Counts of Neuchâtel between the 10th and the 17th century. (beg)

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Neuchâtel, Bibliothèque publique et universitaire de Neuchâtel, Ms. A 45 Vol. 1
Paper · 92 pp. · 22 x 17.8 cm · [1672]
Bariller Frédéric, Neuchâtel-Chronicle from 1476-1664

This manuscript of historical content in French, with some Latin texts, was left to the library in 1822 by the Merveilleux family. It consists of four separate booklets sewn together, of which one is ‬‬‬‬bound‬ in parchment. They are of irregular formats and some pages are cut. Several pages, written in another hand, were integrated into the pagination and were incorporated. The fourth booklet contains a list of coats of arms and emblems with sketches. (beg)

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Neuchâtel, Bibliothèque publique et universitaire de Neuchâtel, Ms. A 45 Vol. 2
Paper · 178 pp. · 22 x 17.8 cm · [1672]
Bariller Frédéric, Neuchâtel-Chronicle from 1476-1664

This manuscript of historical content in French, with some Latin texts, was left to the library in 1822 by the Merveilleux family. It consists of four separate booklets sewn together, of which one is ‬‬‬‬bound‬ in parchment. They are of irregular formats and some pages are cut.Several pages, written in another hand, were integrated into the pagination and were incorporated. The ‬fourth booklet‬‬‬‬‬ contains a list of coats of arms and emblems with sketches. (beg)

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