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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 31
Porrentruy, Bibliothèque cantonale jurassienne 19
Fribourg/Freiburg, Bibliothèque cantonale et universitaire/Kantons- und Universitätsbibliothek 16
Lausanne, Bibliothèque cantonale et universitaire de Lausanne 4
Genève, Bibliothèque de Genève 48
Engelberg, Stiftsbibliothek 56
Sarnen, Benediktinerkollegium 10
Neuchâtel, Bibliothèque publique et universitaire de Neuchâtel 7
Trogen, Kantonsbibliothek Appenzell Ausserrhoden 12
St. Gallen, Stiftsbibliothek 537
Dalpe, Archivio parrocchiale 1
Solothurn, Domschatz der St.-Ursen-Kathedrale 3
Schlatt, Eisenbibliothek 1
Fribourg/Freiburg, Couvent des Cordeliers/Franziskanerkloster 13
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 4
Einsiedeln, Stiftsbibliothek 68
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
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Number of manuscripts: 1189, displayed: 1 – 20

Aarau, Aargauer Kantonsbibliothek, ZF 18

Paper · 334 ff. · 40 x 29-29.5 cm · Bremgarten · [1514-1532]

Werner Schodoler, Eidgenössische Chronik, Vol. 3

The Eidgenössische Chronik by Werner Schodoler (1490-1541) is in chronological order the last of the illustrated Swiss Chronicles of the late Middle Ages. It was written by private initiative between 1510 and 1535 and took as its model primarily the Official Bernese Chronicle - Amtliche Berner Chronik - by Diebold Schilling and the Chronicle - Kronica - by Petermann Etterlin. This volume, the third and last of the Chronicle, presents the events of the Burgundian Wars and the Swabian War; it ends with the Italian military campaigns, among others the Battle of Marignano on September 13th and 14th 1515, in which presumably the author himself took part. The volume is illustrated with 196 uncolored pen sketches by an anonymous artist. Today the three volumes are held in different libraries: the first volume is in the Leopold-Sophien-Bibliothek in Überlingen, the second in the National Archives in Bremgarten, and the third in the Cantonal Library of Aargau. (ber)

Online since: 12/20/2012

Aarau, Aargauer Kantonsbibliothek, MsMurF 3

Parchment · 100 ff. · 31 x 24 cm · Muri (?) · 1508

Pontificale Murense

Pontifical rites for Johannes Feierabend, Abbot of the Cloister at Muri from 1500 through 1508. On July 12, 1507 Pope Julius II conferred the pontifical upon Abbot Johannes Feierabend and his successors. (pel)

Online since: 11/03/2009

Aarau, Aargauer Kantonsbibliothek, MsMurF 31a

Parchment · 6 ff. · 39 x 16,5-17,5 cm / 6 x 13-16 cm · Alemannic region · mid-13th century

Osterspiel von Muri

The Osterspiel von Muri (Easter Play of Muri) is the oldest known rhyming dramatic piece in German. The author is unknown. Linguistic analyses lead to the conclusion that the work originated in the middle or western region of the area where high Alemannic was spoken. The surviving portion of the Osterspiel indicates a true spoken drama, without Latin or musical elements. (pel)

Online since: 04/15/2010

Aarau, Aargauer Kantonsbibliothek, MsWettF 1

Parchment · 334 ff. · 40 x 30 cm · Zürich (?) · 1260-1280

Biblia sacra

Part (Genesis-Ezra) of an illuminated three-volume bible (of which MsWettF 1 and MsWettF 2 remain), probably bequeathed to the cloister of Wettingen by Rudolph Schwerz, choirmaster of the Grossmunster Cathedral of Zurich and pastor of Altdorf. (pel)

Online since: 11/04/2010

Aarau, Aargauer Kantonsbibliothek, MsWettF 2

Parchment · 276 ff. · 40 x 30 cm · Zürich (?) · 1260-1280

Biblia Sacra

Part two (New Testament) of an illuminated three-volume bible (of which MsWettF 1 and MsWettF 2 remain), probably bequeathed to the cloister of Wettingen by Rudolph Schwerz, choirmaster of the Grossmunster Cathedral of Zurich and pastor of Altdorf. The origin of the Biblia Sacra is not documented, but it is assumed that it originated in the Zurich art circle. There is some text loss because certain initials have been cut out. (wue)

Online since: 12/19/2011

Aarau, Aargauer Kantonsbibliothek, MsWettF 11

Parchment · 417 ff. · 31.5 x 22.5 cm · German speaking region · third quarter of the 13th century

Biblia Sacra . Short tract „De fructibus carnis et spiritus“

This manuscript, which probably originated in a German-speaking region, contains a Biblia sacra decorated with numerous initials with a gold ground, as well as the short tract entitled De fructibus carnis et spiritus, attributed to Hugo of St. Victor or Conrad of Hirsau, with two schematic diagrams. During the 16th century the richly decorated manuscript was owned by Christoph Silberysen, Abbot of the Cistercian cloister at Wettingen. (fas)

Online since: 11/04/2010

Aarau, Aargauer Kantonsbibliothek, MsWettF 15

Parchment · 175 ff. · 30 x 21.5 cm · 1270-1280

Hugo Argentinensis; Guilelmus Rothwell

Likely the oldest surviving exemplars of the Compendium theologicae veritatis by Hugo Argentinensis (Hugo Ripelin of Strasburg) and the Quaestiones super quatuor libros sententiarumby William Rothwell. Probably from the bequest of Rudolf Schwerz, Zurich choirmaster and pastor of Altdorf. (pel)

Online since: 11/04/2010

Aarau, Aargauer Kantonsbibliothek, MsWettF 16: 1

Paper · VIII + 1168 pp. · 37.5 x 24 cm · Wettingen · 1576

Silbereisen: Chronicon Helvetiae, Part I

A richly illustrated Swiss chronicle in three parts, or books. The newest and most comprehensive book (Part I) contains the origin and history of the Confederation up to the 14th century. The oldest book (Part II) contains a description of the Burgundian wars of the 15th century. The subsequent book (Part III) describes selected events from the history of the Confederation during the 15th and 16th centuries, such as the deposition of Hans Waldmann (1489) and the Battle of Marignano (1515), and contains an illustrated catalog of ordnance captured in the Swabian War of 1499. (pel)

Online since: 11/03/2009

Aarau, Aargauer Kantonsbibliothek, MsWettF 16: 2

Paper · VI + 262 + III ff. · 34.7 x 24 cm · Wettingen · 1572

Silbereisen: Chronicon Helvetiae, Part II

A richly illustrated Swiss chronicle in three parts, or books. The newest and most comprehensive book (Part I) contains the origin and history of the Confederation up to the 14th century. The oldest book (Part II) contains a description of the Burgundian wars of the 15th century. The subsequent book (Part III) describes selected events from the history of the Confederation during the 15th and 16th centuries, such as the deposition of Hans Waldmann (1489) and the Battle of Marignano (1515), and contains an illustrated catalog of ordnance captured in the Swabian War of 1499. (pel)

Online since: 11/03/2009

Aarau, Aargauer Kantonsbibliothek, MsWettF 16: 3

Paper · IV + 126 + V ff. · 38.1 x 23.5 cm · Wettingen · 1572

Silbereisen: Chronicon Helvetiae, Part III

A richly illustrated Swiss chronicle in three parts, or books. The newest and most comprehensive book (Part I) contains the origin and history of the Confederation up to the 14th century. The oldest book (Part II) contains a description of the Burgundian wars of the 15th century. The subsequent book (Part III) describes selected events from the history of the Confederation during the 15th and 16th centuries, such as the deposition of Hans Waldmann (1489) and the Battle of Marignano (1515), and contains an illustrated catalog of ordnance captured in the Swabian War of 1499. (pel)

Online since: 11/03/2009

Aarau, Aargauer Kantonsbibliothek, MsWettF 26: 4

Paper · 79 ff. · 30 x 21 cm · 1445 and third quarter of the 15th century

Wasmodus de Homberg; Varia in materia beghardorum et beginarum; Johannes Mulberg; Benedictus de Asinago; Felix Hemmerlin

Manuscript of collected works including texts by Wasmodus de Homberg, Lampertus Episcopus Argentinensis, Johannes Mulberg and Felix Hemmerlin regarding the Beguine conflict and a tract by Benedictus de Asinago on poverty. (pel)

Online since: 11/04/2010

Aarau, Aargauer Kantonsbibliothek, MsWettFm 1

Parchment · 270 ff. · 60 x 40-41.5 cm · Cologne · 1330-1335

Graduale oesa, Proprium de tempore, pars hiemalis

The first volume of the three-part so-called "Wettinger Graduale", made in Cologne for a cloister of Augustinian hermits, transferred from Zurich to the Cistercian cloister of Wettingen after the Reformation. The illuminated initials in this first volume are the work of the "Old Master of the Gradual" (Willehalm-Meister). (pel)

Online since: 11/04/2010

Aarau, Aargauer Kantonsbibliothek, MsWettFm 3

Parchment · 209 ff. · 61 x 41 cm · Cologne · 1330-1335

Graduale oesa, Proprium de sanctis

The third volume of the three-part so-called "Wettinger Graduale", made in Cologne for a cloister of Augustinian hermits, transferred from Zurich to the Cistercian cloister of Wettingen after the Reformation. The illuminated initials in this third volume, like those in the second (MsWettFm 2) are the work of the "Younger Master of the Gradual". (pel)

Online since: 11/04/2010

Aarau, Staatsarchiv Aargau, AA/0428

Parchment · 128 ff. · 35 x 25 cm · Königsfelden · about 1335

Cartulary I of Königsfelden

Copy of privileges, orders, seasonal contributions and records pertaining to the cloister holdings of Königsfeld. Compiled at the time of Queen Agnes of Hungary (ca. 1281-1346). (rau)

Online since: 04/14/2008

Aarau, Staatsarchiv Aargau, AA/4530

Parchment · 107 ff. · 25.5 x 20 cm · Muri · 12th century

Death records of Hermetschwil

Death records compiled at the time of the double cloister of Muri, between 1120 and 1140. Includes, among other items, death records from Hermetschwil, seasonal monetary contributions and interest, a martyrology (Usuardus Sangermanensis), and a copy of the Benedictine Rule. (rau)

Online since: 04/14/2008

Aarau, Staatsarchiv Aargau, AA/4947

Paper · 182 ff. · 20 x 14.5 cm · Muri · end of the 14th century

Acta Murensia

Early history of the Benedictine abbey of Muri, composed in about 1160. Only one copy from the end of the 14th century has been preserved. It contains a comprehensive record of assets received as well as a genealogy of the early Habsburgs. (rau)

Online since: 04/14/2008

Aarau, Staatsarchiv Aargau, AA/3115

Parchment · 49 ff. · 25-25.5 x 18.5-19 cm · Wettingen · between 1248 and 1253

The Little Urbarium (Registrum Privilegiorum; Urbaria)

A collection of copies of papal and regal privilege grants to Wettingen Abbey, set down by Johannes von Strassburg between 1248 and 1253. In addition, the volume contains copies of significant documents, including those regarding allocations and other legal matters as well as assorted registers of goods with duties. (rau)

Online since: 04/15/2010

Aarau, Staatsarchiv Aargau, AA/3116

Paper · 333 ff. · 45 x 32,5 cm · Wettingen · about 1490

Diplomatarium Wettingense

A comprehensive collection of the most important legal records and documents of Wettingen Abbey, written by Peter Numagen in about 1490. The table of contents and prologue are followed by legendary accounts of the abbey's founding and copies of the papal, imperial and regal grants of privilege. It also contains the grant of privilege of the order and copies of records of assorted legal transactions related to ownership of real property. Adorned with the coat of arms of the founding patrons, abbots and benefactors. (rau)

Online since: 04/15/2010

Aarau, Staatsarchiv Aargau, V/4-1985/0001

Paper · 141 ff. · 31.5 x 19.5 cm · Aarau · 1627

Heraldry Guide of Hans Ulrich Fisch

Abridged history of the Habsburgs in rhyming form with pen drawings of the coats of arms of the Habsburg dynasty, including those of the spouses, often presented as combined (allied) coats of arms. (rau)

Online since: 04/14/2008

Basel, Universitätsbibliothek, A VII 3

Parchment · 95 ff. · 22.5 x 17.0 cm · 9th century, 2-3/3

Psalterium graeco-latinum

In addition to Greek and Latin Psalms, written somewhere in continental Europe by Irish monks during the Carolingian period, this famous Basel codex also contains a brief series of devotions in Latin for private use, appended by the monks. The exact place where the manuscript was written and its various subsequent travels are unknown, although, based on one note, whose interpretation is under debate, some relation to the Abbey of St. Gall and/or to that of Bobbio is frequently mentioned. In about 1628-1630 the manuscript was listed in the catalog of the Amerbach family, then around 1672-1676 in that of Johannes Zwinger. (and)

Online since: 03/22/2012
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