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Sion/Sitten, Archives du Chapitre/Kapitelsarchiv 5
Fribourg/Freiburg, Archives de l'Etat de Fribourg/Staatsarchiv Freiburg 13
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 46
Engelberg, Stiftsbibliothek 55
Sarnen, Benediktinerkollegium 10
Neuchâtel, Bibliothèque publique et universitaire de Neuchâtel 7
Trogen, Kantonsbibliothek Appenzell Ausserrhoden 12
St. Gallen, Stiftsbibliothek 519
Solothurn, Domschatz der St.-Ursen-Kathedrale 3
Schlatt, Eisenbibliothek 1
Fribourg/Freiburg, Couvent des Cordeliers/Franziskanerkloster 11
Cologny, Fondation Martin Bodmer 118
Flawil, Gemeinde Flawil 2
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 5
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 15
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: 31, displayed: 1 – 31

Cologny, Fondation Martin Bodmer, Cod. Bodmer 13

Parchment · 144 ff. · 26.5 x 17.5 cm · France · 12th century

Augustinus, Enarrationes in Psalmos . Hugo de Sancto Victore, De meditatione

This French manuscript, probably incomplete, contains the commentary on the Psalms (Ps. 101-117, f. 1r-110v and 113r-136v) by Augustine of Hippo. De meditatione by Hugh of Saint Victor was inserted between Ps. 108 (f. 110v) and Ps. 109 (f. 113v). This manuscript probably comes from the manuscript collection of Hautecombe Abbey in Savoy, which was acquired by Archbishop Giacinto della Torre of Turin (1747-1814) for thearchdiocese’s seminary library, which was later dispersed. The manuscript was acquired in 1957 from the book dealer Hoepli in Milan by Martin Bodmer. (ber)

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Cologny, Fondation Martin Bodmer, Cod. Bodmer 128

Parchment · II + 197 ff. · 40.2 x 29.8 cm · Reichenau (?) · 9th century

Paolus Diaconus, Homiliary (pars aestiva et commune sanctorum)

This large, incomplete manuscript in folio format contains the summer portion and the Commune sanctorum of the homiliary by Paulus Diaconus. It was written by various hands in a 9th century Carolingian minuscule; in addition to initials drawn in ink and decorated with red scrolls which indicate an Irish influence, there are even several elegant incipits in capital script. The manuscript probably comes from Reichenau, certainly from the area of Lake Constance. It belonged to the Phillipps collection, later to Chester Beatty; it was bought in 1968 by Martin Bodmer. (ber)

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Flawil, Gemeinde Flawil, Burgauer Offnung

Parchment · 37 ff. · 21 x 27 cm · Burgau · 10 August 1469

The Burgau ‘Offnung’ of 1469

The Burgau Offnung of 1469 is a medieval law book. It governs the relations of associates in the law courts, at the princely court, and in communal landholdings within a court district (here the lower court of Burgau near Flawil) with the lord of that court, the "Vogt" (reeve). At the time this was Rudolf IX Giel of Glattburg, a ministry official of the abbot of St. Gall Abbey. Originally the Burgau Offnung was part of a single volume together with those of Flawil, Gebhartschwil, Uffhoven and Rudlen. The Flawil Offnung (up to page 17) was removed and bound separately. Preceding the text of the Burgau Offnung on pp. 18-28 were those of the Offnung of gebhartschwil, uffhoven und rudeln. The book was entrusted to the respective “Ammann” (head of the district council) of Burgau of the time. After 1798, following the dissolution of the lower court, the book transferred to the village corporation of Burgau. After consolidation of Burgau with Flawil, the book came into the custody of the municipality of Flawil. (sce)

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Flawil, Gemeinde Flawil, Flawiler Offnung

Parchment · 21 ff. · 20.5 x 29.5 cm · Burgau · 1471/1472

The Flawil ‘Offnung’

The Flawil Offnung of 1471, sealed on 21 January 1472, is a medieval law book. It governs the relations of associates in the law courts, at the princely court, and in communal landholdings within a court district (here the lower court of Flawil) with the lord of that court, the "Vogt" (reeve). At the time this was Rudolf IX Giel of Glattburg, a ministry official of the abbot of St. Gall Abbey. This document provides an insight into the legal and economic situation towards the end of the 15th century. Originally the Flawil Offnung was part of a single volume together with those of Gebhartschwil, Uffhoven and Rudlen (Aufhofen and Rudeln) as well as Burgau. Later the Flawil Offnung (up to page 17) was removed. Due to the dissolution of the lower court, after 1798 the Flawil Offnung was transferred to the citizens’ corporation or today’s municipality of Flawil. (sce)

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Fribourg/Freiburg, Archives de l'Etat de Fribourg/Staatsarchiv Freiburg, Livre des bourgeois 1 / Bürgerbuch 1

Paper · 182 ff. · 40 x 30 cm · Fribourg · 1341-1416

Register of Citizens 1 (Livre des bourgeois 1 / Bürgerbuch 1)

The state archives of Fribourg owns a whole series of registers of citizens(Bürgerbücher). The first two of these registers are the most important ones; they cover the period from 1341 to 1769 and are presented here in digitized form. The registers present the citizens of the city of Fribourg as they change from a citizenry that is very open for economic reasons at the turn of the 15th century to one that gradually closes itself off and then becomes a privileged patriciate in the 18th century. ‘Bürgerbücher’ were a means of controlling the enrollment of new citizens through lists, which from the very beginning could be in book form. This allowed mostly large and medium-sized German cities that had achieved a certain political and economic development to react to and to regulate demographic trends and immigration during the late Middle Ages, after and even before the great plague (mid-14th century). The first register was not planned, but consists of separate booklets that were bound together probably in 1416. (utz)

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Fribourg/Freiburg, Archives de l'Etat de Fribourg/Staatsarchiv Freiburg, Livre des bourgeois 2 / Bürgerbuch 2

Parchment · 238 ff. · 44.5 x 33 cm · Fribourg · 1416-1769

Register of Citizens 2 (Livre des bourgeois 2 / Bürgerbuch 2) (1415[!]-1769)

The state archives of Fribourg owns a whole series of registers of citizens(Bürgerbücher). The first two of these registers are the most important ones; they cover the period from 1341 to 1769 and are presented here in digitized form. The registers present the citizens of the city of Fribourg as they change from a citizenry that is very open for economic reasons at the turn of the 15th century to one that gradually closes itself off and then becomes a privileged patriciate in the 18th century. ‘Bürgerbücher’ were a means of controlling the enrollment of new citizens through lists, which from the very beginning could be in book form. This allowed mostly large and medium-sized German cities that had achieved a certain political and economic development to react to and to regulate demographic trends and immigration during the late Middle Ages, after and even before the great plague (mid-14th century). The second register was created in 1416 by the deliberate designs of city clerk Petermann Cudrefin, who had kept the first register since 1396 and had found it very disorganized. (utz)

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Genève, Bibliothèque de Genève, Comites Latentes 54

Parchment · I+226+I ff. · 14.6 x 10.6 cm · Florence · 1470-1480

Book of hours

This precious book of hours was made in Florence around 1470-1480. Its rich and elegant illumination is due to the close circle of the most famous florentine miniaturist of his time, Francesco d’Antonio del Chierico. The same hand is responsible for the major illuminations at the beginning of the various sections as well the initials in the text. The flourished initials are of great elegance. A partly erased coat of arms on the opening leaf indicates that the book of hours was made for the wedding of a male member of the Serristori family. The manuscript entered in the collection of the present owner in 1970 and it was deposited at the Bibliothèque de Genève as part of Comites Latentes. (ali)

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Genève, Bibliothèque de Genève, Comites Latentes 183

Parchment · 104 ff. · 24.4 x 14.1 cm · England · Last quarter of the 12th century

Herman of Valenciennes, Bible translation in alexandrine verse

This text contains an adaptation of several narrative parts of the Bible in Old French. The poem in alexandrine verse (en laisses d’alexandrins) was composed in the 12th century by an author of the continent and became one of the most successful religious works in Old French. This manuscript preserves one of the oldest and most complete exemplars of this work; it is the only one to contain almost the entire text from the Anglo-Norman branch of the text tradition. Because the text probably is of insular origin, this manuscript proves the almost simultaneous dissemination of the text in England. (ber)

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Genève, Bibliothèque de Genève, Ms. fr. 165

Parchment · 260 ff. · 26.5 x 19 cm · Paris · about 1412-1415

Pierre le Fruitier, called Salmon, Traictés de Pierre Salemon a Charles VI roy de France [Dialogues, second version]

Pierre le Fruitier, called Salmon, secretary to Charles VI and someone who influenced John the Fearless, Duke of Burgundy, in 1409 wrote a composite text that is simultaneously a mirror for princes, a collection of letters, and an autobiography. Salmon presents the qualities a sovereign needs in order to rule well. After his withdrawal from court in 1411 and after the change in royal politics towards John the Fearless, around 1412-1415 he presented a second version of the text; today this version is held in Geneva. With an image depicting Charles VI on a blue bed decorated with lilies, in discussion with his secretary, this manuscript is one of the showpieces of the Bibliothèque de Genève. (hoc)

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Genève, Bibliothèque de Genève, Ms. fr. 176

Parchment · III + 396 + II ff. · 42 x 29.6 cm · France, Paris, Atelier · 1380-1389

Ovide moralisé

The Ovide moralisé is a poem consisting of 72,000 octosyllables. Between the end of the 13th century and the first quarter of the 14th century, the anonymous author translated the 15 books of Ovid’s Metamorphoses by appropriating the ancient myths for the purposes of Christian edification. This Genevan exemplar, dated to the end of the 14th century, was illuminated by two artists, the Maître du Rational des divins offices and the Maître du Roman de la Rose. (hoc)

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Genève, Bibliothèque de Genève, Ms. lat. 6

Parchment · I-II + 239 + III-IV ff. · 28.3 x 20.8 cm · Rhineland · second quarter of the 9th century

The four Latin Gospels

This remarkable manuscript, created in the 9th century in the Rhineland, contains the text of the four Gospels in their Latin version, written in Carolingian minuscule. The manuscript is decorated with, among others, two initials embellished with interlace and with canonical tables presented in arcades in vivid colors. (jeg)

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Genève, Bibliothèque de Genève, Ms. lat. 50

Parchment · I + 174 + II-IV ff. · 31.5 x 21 cm · Abbey of Massay (France, Cher, near Bourges) · around 825

Collection of texts on the computation of time by the Venerable Bede . Annales Petaviani and Annals of the Abbey of Massay

‘Venerable’ is the term that comes to mind for describing this manuscript. In fact, it can be considered ‘venerable’ due to its age since it is dated circa 825. Furthermore, the author of the main texts copied herein is Beda Venerabilis or the Venerable Bede (672/674, † 735), who was a monk at Jarrow Abbey in England. Copied in the Benedictine Abbey of Massay (France, Cher, near Bourges), the manuscript contains several of the Venerable Bede’s scientific works such as the Easter cycle, also known as Bede’s cycle, the De natura rerum, the De temporibus and the De temporum ratione. Various other texts were also inserted: the Annales Petaviani and the annals of the Abbey of Massay, calendar, fragments on the computus, letters. (jeg)

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Luzern, Zentral- und Hochschulbibliothek, P 13 fol.:1

Parchment · 288 ff. · 36.5 x 25.5-26 cm · Upper Rhine · 1338

Vincentius Bellovacensis

This manuscript contains books 1-8 of the history of the world by the French Dominican monk Vincent of Beauvais († 1264) in the version of Douai in 32 books. (kam)

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Luzern, Zentral- und Hochschulbibliothek, P 13 fol.:3

Parchment · 328 ff. · 36-36.5 x 25-25.5 cm · Upper Rhine · 1388-1340

Vincentius Bellovacensis

This manuscript contains books 17–24 of the history of the world by the French Dominican monk Vincent of Beauvais († 1264) in the version of Douai in 32 books. (kam)

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Luzern, Zentral- und Hochschulbibliothek, P 13 fol.:4

Parchment · 380 ff. · 36-36.5 x 25-25.5 cm · Upper Rhine · 1340 and 1339

Vincentius Bellovacensis

This manuscript contains books 25-32 of the history of the world by the French Dominican monk Vincent of Beauvais († 1264) in the version of Douai in 32 books. Ff. 372-378 contain an early copy of the Historia Tartarorum by Frater C. de Bridia. (kam)

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St. Gallen, Stiftsbibliothek, Cod. Sang. 246

Parchment · 228 pp. · 29 x 19.5 cm · St. Gall · 12th century

Rupertus Tuitiensis, Liber de divinis officiis

Commentary on the liturgy of the Mass and of the church year by Rupert of Deutz (Rupertus Tuitiensis, around 1070-1129). This copy is written by a single hand in a neat 12th century script; the binding is from the middle of the 15th century with a bookmark made of string attached to the headband. On p. 226 and on the cover, the text by Rupert of Deutz is falsely attributed to the Venerable Bede. (dor)

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St. Gallen, Stiftsbibliothek, Cod. Sang. 322

Parchment · 324 pp. · 30.5 x 24.5 cm · St. Gall · 11th century

Haimo Autissiodorensis, Expositio in Isaiam

Complete copy of the commentary on the Book of Isaiah by Haimo of Auxerre (around 810-865/875). The manuscript was rebound in the middle of the 15th century and is mentioned in the 1461 catalog of the Abbey Library. It is probably a copy of the Reichenau manuscript, Karlsruhe, Badische Landesbibliothek, Aug. Perg. LXV, also dated to the 11th century. (dor)

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St. Gallen, Stiftsbibliothek, Cod. Sang. 344

Parchment · 182 pp. · 27.5 x 19.5 cm · St. Gall · 12th century

Missale

Missal containing sequences without neumes by Notker Balbulus (pp. 1-14), a calendar (pp. 15-20), a sacramentary (p. 21-82) - beginning on p. 21 with a beautiful initial ‘M’ (a vine scroll contoured in red on a blue and green background), from p. 22 the Canon of the Mass with a Te igitur-initial with the Crucifixion - and at the end an incomplete ritual (pp. 81-182). (dor)

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St. Gallen, Stiftsbibliothek, Cod. Sang. 395

Parchment · 156 pp. · 21.7 × 15.5 cm · Monastery of St. Gall · first half of the 11th century

Benedictional from the Monastery of St. Gall

Incompletely preserved benedictional, written on strong parchment in the Monastery of St. Gall in the first half of the 11th century. This volume contains prayers and benedictions for various liturgical ceremonies, for example for the blessing of the chalice, for the blessing of salt and water for driving out demons, for the consecration of monks and secular priests, for the blessing of plants on the Feast of the Assumption of Mary, etc. In three places (p. 23-26, p. 65-66, p. 90-94) the manuscript contains litanies in which the names of saints of St. Gall appear. Before the pagination around 1780, pages were cut out of the manuscript in five different places; the manuscript shows signs of use into the 15th century. (smu)

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St. Gallen, Stiftsbibliothek, Cod. Sang. 540

Parchment · X + 146 ff. · 56/56.5 x 38/38.5 cm · St. Gall · 1517 (?)

Lectionary

Lectionary for feast days of saints, written at least partially by St. Gall Abbey Librarian Anton Vogt (around 1486-1529), by order of Prince-Abbot Franz Gaisberg (1504-1529). The illumination (scrolls with flowers and animals, numerous ornamental initials, among them six portrayals of figures) is by the illuminator Nikolaus Bertschi from Augsburg. A calendar (f. Ir-Xv) precedes the lectionary (f. 1r-130r), which then is followed by readings for the commemoratio of the patron saints of St. Gall and of Mary, and by collects for feast days of saints. (sno)

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St. Gallen, Stiftsbibliothek, Cod. Sang. 543

Parchment · I-IV + 292 ff. · 53 x 39.5 cm · St. Gall · 1562-1564

Manfred Barbarini Lupus, Chants in four parts for the Liturgy of the Hours for the principal feast days of the liturgical year

Large-format antiphonary with chants in four parts, written and illuminated between 1562 and 1564. By order of Prince-Abbot Diethelm Blarer (1530-1564), the Italian Manfred Barbarini Lupus from Correggio composed the pieces for four voices - antiphons, responsories, hymns and psalms for the principal feast days of the liturgical year as well as passions according to Matthew, Mark and Luke. Father Heinrich Keller (1518-1567) wrote the text and the illuminator Kaspar Härtli from Lindau on Lake Constance created a full-page All Saints picture with Christ on the cross (f. IVr), as well as a donor portrait with the coats of arms of the then-living members of the St. Gall monastic community (f. 1r). (sno)

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St. Gallen, Stiftsbibliothek, Cod. Sang. 544

Parchment · I-II + 151 ff. · 52 x 33.5 cm · St. Gall · 1545 and 2nd half of the 16th century

Psalterium feriatum, with antiphons and hymns

This Psalter contains the psalms in liturgical sequence with antiphons, followed by biblical canticles and a hymnal. The codex was written in 1545 (colophon f. 102v) by the organist and calligrapher Fridolin Sicher (1490-1546) by order of Prince Abbot Diethelm Blarer (1530-1564). Large parts were rewritten by numerous later hands, probably after the reform of the liturgy following the Council of Trent. The Psalter contains several figurative initials by an unknown illuminator. (sno)

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St. Gallen, Stiftsbibliothek, Cod. Sang. 599

Paper · 466 pp. · 30 x 21 cm · area of the Abbey of Saint Gall · 1467

Life of Jesus in German

German version of the life of Jesus according to the four gospels, in an Alemannic recension. With colorful initials and 21 filled initials, drawn in pen and usually colored. The scribe and probably also first owner, Rudolf Wirt, gives his name at the end of the text on p. 463 as well as the date of the completion of the manuscript on January 9, 1467. The volume originated in one of the women’s cloisters of St. Gall and came to the St. Gall Abbey Library between 1780 and 1792. (dor)

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St. Gallen, Stiftsbibliothek, Cod. Sang. 633

Parchment · A-D + 130 + W-Z ff. · 23 x 16 cm · St. Gall? · 1st half of the 13th century

Galfredus Monumetensis, Historia Regum Britannie

This manuscript contains the Historia Regum Britannie by Geoffrey of Monmouth (around 1100-1154) (pp. 3-121, Incipit Prologus in brittannicam hystoriam); excerpts from the Collectanea rerum memorabilium by Solinus (pp. 122-128), and the Epistola presbiteri Johannis, the so-called Letter of Priester John (pp. 128-130), all in Latin. The volume is mentioned in the library catalog of 1461. (dor)

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St. Gallen, Stiftsbibliothek, Cod. Sang. 866

Parchment · 94 ff. · 27.5 × 19 cm · Monastery of St. Gall (?) · first half of the 12th century

Copy of Ovid’s Metamorphoses

A much-used school manuscript containing the 15 books of the Metamorphoses by Publius Ovidius Naso with many interlinear and marginal glosses in Latin. The parchment shows signs of heavy use as well as dirt, and it is sewn in various places. Before the first pagination of the manuscript by the assistant librarian Ildefons von Arx around 1780, the text from Book 8, V. 564, to Book 10, V. 429, was missing, as noted on p. 62. At the end of the manuscript, there are pen trials, some of them of historical content, such as the mention of an earthquake on September 4, 1298 on p. 112 or the mention of a scribe by the name of Johannes (Qui me scribebat Iohannes nomen habebat). (smu)

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St. Gallen, Stiftsbibliothek, Cod. Sang. 1262

Paper · 175 ff. · 21 × 15.5 cm · Order of Service for the Monastery of St. Gall in the Directorium of 1583 · 1583

Monastery of St. Gall, P. Johannes Strang

This manuscript was written in 1583 during the abbacy of Prince-Abbot Joachim Opser (1577-1594) by the Cantor Johannes Strang who died young († 1588; profession 1580), based on notes by Father Heinrich Keller. Mostly in Latin but often also in German, the manuscript describes the worship practices of the Monastery of St. Gall in the course of the year from January 1 to December 31. This Directorium cultus divini is one of the most important sources of information about the monastic liturgy in the monastery after the Reformation. It refers to prayers and chants that were said and sung on certain days or to the order of liturgical processions (even separately for days of fair versus bad weather). The volume contains directions for the decoration of the church and numerous notes that are interesting for their cultural history, such as those relating to the St. Gall custom of naming a boy abbot (abbas scholasticus). In addition to a list of anniversaries, p. 1 also contains historical notes about various events internal to the monastery. This volume was continued until 1606. (smu)

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St. Gallen, Stiftsbibliothek, Cod. Sang. 1279

Paper · 118 ff. · 33 × 21 cm · Monastery of St. Gall, P. Aemilian Zeller · around 1730

St. Gall catalog of manuscripts, compiled by Father Aemilian Zeller

During his time as librarian (1729-1732), Fr. Aemilian Zeller (1691-1730) compiled a catalog of manuscripts, ordered alphabetically by author. He quietly omitted from the catalog all manuscripts where an author was not given, such as copies of the Bible, or Psalters, or texts by unknown authors. The manuscripts bear the signatures of the older manuscript catalog by Father Hermann Schenk (1653-1706) from the period before 1700 (cf. Cod. Sang. 1280; circa Class. 1, n. 44). Father Pius Kolb, Abbey Librarian from 1748, added the new signatures introduced by him (cf. Cod. Sang. 1400 and 1401, circa D.n. 88). to the earlier signatures in the Zeller mansucript catalog. The catalog offers no indications regarding the age, type of script, or availability of the individual manuscripts. (smu)

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St. Gallen, Stiftsbibliothek, Cod. Sang. 1280

Paper · 280 pp. · 33 × 22.5 cm · Monastery of  St. Gall · 17th and 18th century (about 1680-1780)

Manuscript catalog by Father Hermann Schenk from the period around 1700 – Register of abbey library benefactors from 1567 until about 1780 – Various special lists of the abbey library’s printed books, compiled between about 1696 and about 1762.

A composite manuscript that is very instructive about the history of the library; it is made up of various documents, written between 1680 and 1780 and then bound together. Part 1 (pp. 7-121): manuscript catalog by Fr. Hermann Schenk (1653-1706) from the period around 1700. Around 1750, Fr. Pius Kolb (1712-1762) added his new catalog signatures. Kolb also noted missing manuscripts in Schenk’s catalog. Most of these had been taken to Zurich in 1712 (deest). Part 2: (pp. 127153 and pp. 162167): register of abbey library benefactors (Monumentum gratitudinis dedicatum benefactoribus Bibliothecae), begun in 1680 and continued until 1780. Extraordinary donations to the library were entered retroactively to 1567, such as (p. 133) the “donation” of a large terrestrial and celestial globe by the pharmacist Lukas Stöckli from Constance. Such mentions often concern objects from the library’s cabinet of curiosities and rarities. Part 3 (pp. 155-161): books that were acquired between 1717 and 1737 under Abbot Joseph von Rudolphi (1717-1740). Part 4 (pp. 169 and pp. 175-187): books from the estate of Prince-Abbot (1687-1696) and Cardinal Cölestin Sfondrati, which after his death were integrated into the library by Fr. Hermann Schenk. Part 5 (pp. 191-234): collection of larger format volumes from the abbey library from the period around 1700. Part 6: (pp. 237270; separate loose documents): list of the abbey library’s most beautiful books from the period around 1750, composed by Fr. Pius Kolb and entitled Ilias in nuce. Part 7 (pp. 275-280; collection of loose pages): list of manuscript signatures by Fr. Pius Kolb. (smu)

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St. Gallen, Stiftsbibliothek, Cod. Sang. 1285

Paper · 261 pp. · 33 × 20.8 cm · Monastery of  St. Gall, P. Johann Nepomuk Hauntinger · 1780−1792

Accession catalog of the Abbey Library of St. Gall by Father Johann Nepomuk Hauntinger for the years  1780 to 1792

In an elegant binding decorated with gold, Abbey Librarian Johann Nepomuk Hauntinger (1756-1823) compiled for his Abbot Beda Angehrn (1767-1796) a list of new acquisitions and accessions between 1780 and 1792: Verzeichniss der Handschriften, Bücher, Kunst und Naturprodukte, welche seit dem 23. Oktober 1780 bis Ende Mayes 1792 der Stift St. Gallischen Bibliotheke sind einverleibt worden. This volume thus is a unique document of the acquisition policy and practice of the Monastery of St. Gall. In barely twelve years, a total of 335 incunabula and postincunabula, around 4,000 later printed works, as well as 146 manuscripts were integrated into the library. Most of these manuscripts came to the current abbey library (in exchange for printed literature of ascetic-spiritual character) from St. Gall women’s cloisters such as the Benedictine nuns of St. George, the Capuchin nuns of Altstätten or the Dominican nuns of Wil. Accessions to the coin collection, the natural history collection, and the cabinet of curiosities, new acquisitions of paintings and prints, as well as alia quaedam bibliothecae illata (diverse other acquisitions of various types such as chairs made of Spanish cane or a new library seal) are mentioned. Also listed are general expenditures for bookbinding as well as monetary contributions owed to the library by those officials and clergy onto whom the abbot had newly conferred a secular office or a parish. (smu)

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St. Gallen, Stiftsbibliothek, Cod. Sang. 1290

Paper · 147 ff. · 19.5 x 15 cm · St. Gall · 1582

Responsoriale of the St. Gall Monk Jakob an der Rüti

This manuscript was written by the St. Gall monk Jakob an der Rüti (1562-1615), probably for private use. The first part (f. 1r-125r) contains responsories for the principal feast days of the liturgical year with melodies in German plainsong notation ("Hufnagelnotation") and often with directions for processions. These are followed by directions regarding the location of certain Vespers (f. 126r-128r), more directions on the order of processions f. 128v-136v), melodies for the doxology (f. 139r-140v), directions for the Vespers of the boy abbot (abbas scholasticus) on the Feast Day of St. John the Baptist and on the eve of the Feast of the Circumcision (f. 140v-147v), as well as prayers for processions (f. 150r-155v). Jakob an der Rüti decorated the manuscript with several somewhat clumsy pen sketches and borders (full-page decoration f. 1r, 58v-59r and 77v-78r, also representations of figures in initials). On f. 126r he gives his name in initials (F.I.A.R.), on f. 125r his name is written out (erased, legible under UV-light: Per me fratrem Jacobum An der Rüti …um Anno 1582). (sno)

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Zürich, Schweizerisches Nationalmuseum, LM 1314

Parchment · 228 ff. · 11 x 9 cm · Southern Germany (Augsburg?) · 2nd half of the 15th century (1460/90)

Book of Hours

Small book of hours in Latin, very much cut, containing the Seven Psalms, the Cursus beate virginis Marie, the Office of the Dead, the Cursus de passione Domini and various prayers. The decoration consists of various initials with lwine scrolls and one full page miniature (5v) - unfortunately partially damaged - which depicts an Ecce homo with the donor kneeling in front of it with his coat of arms to his right. Mention of the indulgence of Popes Gregory and Callixtus III (1455-1458) (f. 139) makes it possible to narrow the date to the second half of the 15th century, while the style of the book decoration suggests an origin in Southern Germany, perhaps in Augsburg, in the circle of the book illustrator Johannes Bämler. (ber)

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