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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: 121 – 140

Cologny, Fondation Martin Bodmer, Cod. Bodmer 79

Parchment · IV + 137 + III ff. · 26.3 x 17.6 cm · 1308

Guillaume de Lorris and Jean de Meun, Roman de la Rose

Guillaume de Loris and Jean de Meung (Meun) are the authors of the Roman de la Rose, one of the masterpieces of medieval courtly literature. In a phantasmagoric and allegorical setting, the lover seeks entry to a locked garden which conceals a rose, the image of his beloved. The second part, written by Jean de Meung, provides a philosophical and moral lesson. This manuscript, written on parchment in the 13th century, contains many golden and gold-accented illustrations and borders as well as initials with blue and red extensions. (jos)

Online since: 06/02/2010

Cologny, Fondation Martin Bodmer, Cod. Bodmer 81

Parchment · III + 34 + III ff. · 27.5 x 19.5 cm · Cologne · 15th century

Pesach Haggadah

This Hebrew manuscript from the 15th century combines liturgical texts and contains commentaries on the rites that provide the framework for the observation of the Passover. This Pesach Haggadah, adorned with miniatures and rich illustrations, contains the complete liturgical version of the Exodus story. The first part of the manuscript contains the text of the Italian rite, the second part that of the Ashkenazi. The manuscript was written and illuminated by Joël ben Siméon, who signed his work with a colophon (f. 34r): I am Joel ben Simeon, called Veibusch Ashkenazi – blessed be his memory – and I am from Cologne, which is on the banks of the Rhine. (bib)

Online since: 04/23/2013

Cologny, Fondation Martin Bodmer, Cod. Bodmer 82

Parchment · II + 24 + II ff. · 21.8 x 26 cm · England · end of the 13th century

Raoul de Houdenc, Roman des Eles. Donnei des Amants. Lai d’Haveloc. Lai de Désiré. Lai de Nabaret

Carefully copied by a single scribe at the end of the 13th century in England, this manuscript was given to Sir Thomas Phillipps by Sir Robert Benson (1797-1844). Benson claimed it had belonged to Wilton Abbey, in Wiltshire, where its readership would have been noble women and nuns. Bound by Phillipps, the Lai d’Haveloc was placed first and its title appeared on the spine. The Donnei des amants, a unica, is a scholarly debate between two lovers who exchange exempla : The Tristan Rossignol, Didon, the Lai de l’oiselet, and L’Homme et le Serpent. (hen)

Online since: 12/13/2013

Cologny, Fondation Martin Bodmer, Cod. Bodmer 83

Paper · 62 ff. · 30 x 20 cm · Hesse · last third of the 14th century

Heinrich of Veldeke, Eneide

This 14th century codex is one of seven surviving manuscripts that preserve in its entirety the "Eneasroman" (Romance of Aeneas) by Heinrich von Veldeke, one of the most important pioneers of Middle High German poetry. This work by Veldeke is the first courtly romance written in Middle High German and is an adaptation of the Old French "Roman d'Eneas", originally written in about 1160.

Online since: 07/31/2007

Cologny, Fondation Martin Bodmer, Cod. Bodmer 84

Parchment · 12 + 51 ff. · 22.3 x 17.2 cm · Fulda · 9th century (first half)

De victus ratione liber II seu De observantia ciborum

This Carolingian manuscript from the period before 850 comes from the Cloister of Fulda. It contains the sole extant copy of the Latin version of a text falsely attributed to Hippocrates: "De victus ratione", which sets forth the foundations of dietetics and emphasizes the antagonism between the elements of fire and water within the body. Numerous scholars and physicians have relied on this text throughout history.

Online since: 07/31/2007

Cologny, Fondation Martin Bodmer, Cod. Bodmer 85

Parchment and paper · (3) + 206 + (3) pp. · 26,5 x 21 cm · southern Italy, Terra d’Otranto · 13th century

Homer, Iliad with scholii

CB 85, a manuscript of the Iliad on paper, was copied during the 13th century in Terra d'Otranto, a famous center of Greek culture in southern Italy. The text by Homer is accompanied by interlinear and marginal scholii and commentaries by the Byzantine scholar John Tzetzes. (mes)

Online since: 12/21/2009

Cologny, Fondation Martin Bodmer, Cod. Bodmer 86

Paper · 13 ff. · 30.2 x 20.5 cm · Italy, possibly Naples · 14th century

Ilias latina

The Ilias Latina, copied on paper during the 14th century, is a Latin adaptation of the great epic by Homer, one of the foundational texts of ancient Greece. It was written in Gothic quasi-cursive script by a single scribe in the region of Naples in Italy. One should take note of some of the decorated initials, some of which incorporate figures, especially that of a muse, clad in a dress covered with stars and holding a sword in her hand. (jos)

Online since: 06/02/2010

Cologny, Fondation Martin Bodmer, Cod. Bodmer 87

Paper · I + 22 ff. + 7 ff. · 21.6 x 14.5 cm · Arezzo · 1469

Ilias latina

The Ilias latina was frequently copied during the entire occidental middle ages, which enjoyed access to material about the Trojans via Latin adaptations. Today these manuscripts number about one hundred. The date and location of Codex Bodmer 87 can be ascertained with the help of the inscription: "Aretii die 15 Iuli 1469" (Arezzo, July 15, 1469, fol. 22). The humanistic script, a somewhat angular cursive, is the hand of a single scribe. (jos)

Online since: 06/02/2010

Cologny, Fondation Martin Bodmer, Cod. Bodmer 88

Parchment · 72 ff. · 25.3 x 19.5 cm · France (?) · late 10th century / early 11th century

Horace, Works

Manuscript CB 88, which combines the Odes, the Epodes, and the Carmen saeculare, a piece interpreted by children's choirs of the Roman nobility during secular performances, is an unusual example of a Horace manuscript from the turn of the 10th to the 11th century. Its many marginal and interlinear glosses, which frequently consist of scholii by Pseudo-Acro, explain the verses and praise their metrical accuracy and verbal virtuosity. The alphabetical tables and the title were added in the 14th century at the end of the volume. (mes)

Online since: 12/21/2009

Cologny, Fondation Martin Bodmer, Cod. Bodmer 89

Parchment · 79 + 1 ff. · 21.2 x 12.5 cm · France · 12th century

Horatius, Opera (cum glossis)

The countless marginal and interlinear glosses in CB 89 are evidence of the rediscovery of the works of Horace during the 12th century. This copy was produced in France.

Online since: 03/25/2009

Cologny, Fondation Martin Bodmer, Cod. Bodmer 90

Parchment · 222 ff. · 15.5 x 10.2 cm · Italy · 15th century

Horace, Virgil, Persius and Statius

Many scribes contributed to the copies of the works of Horace, Virgil, Persius and Statius that have been brought together in CB 90. These humanistic re-copyings made in the 15th century demonstrate the reception of Latin authors in Renaissance Italy. Two leaves at the end of the manuscript are palimpsests: a letter from Ovid's Heroides (from Sappho to Phaon) and an extract from the Epigrams of Martial have been were written over the text of the biblical book of Tobit. (mes)

Online since: 12/21/2009

Cologny, Fondation Martin Bodmer, Cod. Bodmer 91

Paper · 389 ff. · 29.2 x 20.0 cm · South Tyrol (Carthusian monastery ofAllerengelberg?) · 1468

Hugo von Trimberg: "Der Renner" · Johann Hartlieb: "Alexanderroman"

This manuscript from the southern Tyrol was produced by two scribes in the year 1468 and bound as one volume during the same period. It brings together the didactic work "Der Renner" (The Runner or Courier) by Hugo von Trimberg and the "Alexanderroman" (Romance of Alexander) following a compilation by Johann Hartlieb. The codex contains 91 pen sketches. Instructions for the execution of these sketches can be found in the lower margins of the pages on which they appear.

Online since: 12/20/2007

Cologny, Fondation Martin Bodmer, Cod. Bodmer 92

Parchment · III + 124 ff. + f. [125-126] ff. · 31.6 x 19.3 cm · Paris (?) · end of the 13th century

Isidore of Seville, Etymologiae

The first three books of the principal work of the Bishop of Seville, the Etymologiae, written at the beginning of the 7th century, provide the earliest medieval instance of division of scholarly study into the trivium (grammar, rhetoric and dialectic) and the quadrivium (mathematics, geometry, music and astronomy). Relying heavily on the--often unreliable--etymologies of the words, Isidore collected in his work the whole of ancient knowledge, in order to prevent it from being forgotten. This manuscript was produced about the end of the 13th century, possibly in the area of the University at Paris and is a witness to the enormous success of this extensive encyclopedia. (mes)

Online since: 12/21/2009

Cologny, Fondation Martin Bodmer, Cod. Bodmer 93

Parchment · 59 ff. · 23.2 x 16.2 cm · France · end of the 14th century

Jacques de Cessoles, Echecs moralisés

This parchment manuscript from the time around 1400 contains a work by the Dominican sermonist Jacques de Cessoles, using the game of chess as the allegorical basis for a lesson in morals. The same theme is carried out in 16 accompanying illustrations as well.

Online since: 12/20/2007

Cologny, Fondation Martin Bodmer, Cod. Bodmer 94

Parchment · 116 ff. · 13.8 x 10.2 cm · Italy · 14th century

Jacopone da Todi, Laudi (Laudario Mortara)

The Laudi by the Italian Franciscan Jacopone da Todi are religious-inspired poems, written as ballads with varying metrical forms, often set in dialog form. This codex was produced in the second half of the 14th century by four different scribes.

Online since: 12/20/2007

Cologny, Fondation Martin Bodmer, Cod. Bodmer 96-1

Parchment · II + 314 + II ff. · 35.0 x 25.0 cm · France · beginning of the 15th century (1410-1430)

Guiron le courtois

This generously illuminated manuscript in two volumes was made at the beginning of the 15th century and contains "Guiron le Courtois", a romance about the fathers of the knights of the round table written around the year 1235. The various tales are presented here in an order unique to the This generously illuminated manuscript in two volumes was made at the beginning of the 15th century and contains "Guiron le Courtois", a romance about the fathers of the knights of the round table written around the year 1235. The various tales are presented in an order unique to the CB 96 manuscript. manuscript.

Online since: 03/25/2009

Cologny, Fondation Martin Bodmer, Cod. Bodmer 96-2

Parchment · II + 286 + II ff. · 35.0 x 25.0 cm · France · beginning of the 15th century (1410-1430)

Guiron le courtois

This generously illuminated manuscript in two volumes was made at the beginning of the 15th century and contains "Guiron le Courtois", a romance about the fathers of the knights of the round table written around the year 1235. The various tales are presented here in an order unique to the CB 96 manuscript.

Online since: 03/25/2009

Cologny, Fondation Martin Bodmer, Cod. Bodmer 98

Parchment · 169 ff. · 30.0 x 20.5 cm · Italy (Nonantola) · 9th century (first half)

Flavius Iosephus, Antiquitates iudaicae

This manuscript contains a Latin translation in pre-Carolingian script of the "Antiquitates Judaicae", originally written in Greek by the Jewish historian Flavius Josephus in the first century. CB 98 was produced in the Benedictine abbey of San Silvestro di Nonantola (Province of Modena), as was Ms. CB 99, which also contains texts by Flavius Josephus.

Online since: 12/20/2007

Cologny, Fondation Martin Bodmer, Cod. Bodmer 99

Parchment · 210 ff. · 29.8 x 20.5 cm · Italy (Nonantola) · 9th century (first half?)

Flavius Iosephus, De bello iudaico

This codex contains the "Jewish War", originally written by the historian Flavius Josephus in the 1st century. The 7 books of "De bello Judaico" present an account of the Jewish rebellion from the year 66 until the overthrow of Masada in the year 73. CB 99, like Ms. CB 98, was produced in the Benedictine abbey of San Silvestro di Nonantola (Province of Modena), though later than CB 98 and by different scribes.

Online since: 12/20/2007

Cologny, Fondation Martin Bodmer, Cod. Bodmer 100

Parchment · 292 ff. · 42.5 x 26.5 cm · Italy · 14th century

Justinian I, Digestum Vetus

This 14th century Italian manuscript, probably from Bologna, contains the Digestum Vetus, a fundamental work which attests to the 14th century’s interest in the history of Roman law. It comprises various reference texts, which are systematically accompanied by the Glossa ordinaria, the so-called "Magna glossa" by Franciscus Accursius, an interlinear gloss and the gloss of the Gloss, which are works of explanation and instruction for the use of the text. Many manicules or fists (lat manicula, ae: small hands) testify to the assiduous labor which a large number of readers have performed on this dry text. This manuscript contains numerous pecia marks. A detached page (f. 37bis) contains a poem to the reader by the Italian jurist Angelus Boncambius (about 1450).

Online since: 04/23/2013
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