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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: 861 – 880

St. Gallen, Stiftsbibliothek, Cod. Sang. 412

Parchment · 782 pp. · 20.5 x 15.5 cm · St. Gall · 13th century

Book of Matins from the 13th century, Abbey of St. Gall

Breviary with nightly recitations for Matins (lectiones matutinales) for the hourly prayers of the monks of St. Gall. Includes De tempore recitations (for the major holiday seasons of Christmas, Easter, and Pentacost, beginning with the first Sunday of Advent), and De sanctis recitations (for saints’ feast days). (smu)

Online since: 12/19/2011

St. Gallen, Stiftsbibliothek, Cod. Sang. 413

Parchment · 702 pp. · 25.8 x 17.5 cm · St. Gall · second quarter of the 11th century

Breviary (winter part)

Winter part (from the first Sunday in Advent to Holy Saturday) of a Breviary written in the monastery of St. Gall between 1034 and 1047 (with readings and chants for the liturgy of the divine office), with addenda until the 14th century. Prefaced by a Calendar and computational tables. The corresponding summer part of the Breviary can be found in Cod. Sang. 387. One of the oldest extant Breviaries from St. Gallen. (smu)

Online since: 05/24/2007

St. Gallen, Stiftsbibliothek, Cod. Sang. 414

Parchment · 666 pp. · 27.0 x 20.0 cm · St. Gall · about 1030 (additions until the 14th century)

Breviary (winter part)

Winter part (from the first Sunday in Advent to Holy Saturday) of a Breviary for the divine office, written around 1030 with addenda until the 14th century. Contains, in addition to a large Lectionary and Antiphonary, a Calendar and computational tables. One of the oldest extant Breviaries from St. Gall. (smu)

Online since: 05/24/2007

St. Gallen, Stiftsbibliothek, Cod. Sang. 422

Parchment · 248 pp. · 26.8 x 18 cm · St. Gall · first half of the 9th century

St. Gall Lectionary and Homilary

Lectionary and homilary for the period from Pentecost to the last Sunday after Pentecost, meticulously written by a variety of hands at the monastery ofSt. Gall in the first half of the 9th century. (smu)

Online since: 12/20/2012

St. Gallen, Stiftsbibliothek, Cod. Sang. 423

Parchment · 440 pp. · 27 x 20.5 cm · St. Gall · 10th century

Lectionarium homiliarum

The summer portion of a Lectionarium officii containing scripture lessons to be sung by a choir, produced during the 10th century at the Abbey of St. Gall. (smu)

Online since: 12/21/2009

St. Gallen, Stiftsbibliothek, Cod. Sang. 424

Parchment · 636 pp. · 29-29.5 x 21 cm · St. Gall · middle of the 9th century

Expositio libri comitis

An incomplete copy of the Expositio libri comitis, a selection of Epistle and Gospel readings organized according to the Church year composed by the Benedictine monk Smaragdus of St. Mihiel (near Verdun; † ca. 840), produced near the middle of the 9th century at the Abbey of St. Gall. (smu)

Online since: 12/21/2009

St. Gallen, Stiftsbibliothek, Cod. Sang. 425

Parchment · 181 pp. · 29.8 x 20.8 cm · St. Gall (?) · 10th - 11th century

Lectionarium homiliarum

Lectionary for the period from Christmas through the second Sunday of Lent, with 32 homilies (Predigten) for Sundays and feastdays, written mostly by the church fathers (Ambrosius, Augustine, the Venerable Bede, Fulgentius and Leo the Great, among others), most likely produced at the Abbey of St. Gall in the 10th or early 11th century. The name of one scribe, Egilolfus, added later, can be found on page 85 of the manuscript. The front pages of the manuscript are in exceedingly poor condition, having suffered water damage. The text breaks off on page 177, in the course of a tract by Leo the Great. (smu)

Online since: 12/21/2009

St. Gallen, Stiftsbibliothek, Cod. Sang. 426

Parchment · 290 pp. · 28-28.5 x 18 cm · 9th century

Liber scintillarum

A copy of the Liber scintillarum, a text originally written in about 730 by the monk Defensor of Ligugé (near Poitiers), produced during the 9th century, not at the Abbey of St. Gall. The 81 chapter Liber scintillarum is a florilegium (anthology) of maxims and sayings attributed to God and the saints, derived from the Bible and the writings of the church fathers. The last part of the volume contains fragments of lessons from the monastic liturgy of the hours (lectiones), as well as aphorisms. (smu)

Online since: 12/21/2009

St. Gallen, Stiftsbibliothek, Cod. Sang. 428

Parchment · 338 pp. · 33.5 x 24.2 cm · Cloister of St. Gall · 10th/11th centuries

Lectiones nocturnales

Lectionary. The first part, written in the 11th century, contains readings for the nocturns of the matins (for the entire church year, beginning with the first of Advent; first de tempore, then de sanctis). Readings from the gospels are indicated only by short text incipits and are augmented with homilies primarily by church fathers (among others Origen, the Venerable Bede, Gregory the Great). The second part, written in the 12th century, begins on p. 184 and contains readings from the Old and New Testaments for weekdays and holidays in ordinary time/throughout the liturgical year. The manuscript contains several multi-line initials, among them a representational initial of a composite animal on p. 12. (sno)

Online since: 12/13/2013

St. Gallen, Stiftsbibliothek, Cod. Sang. 430

Parchment · 635 pp. · 43.5 x 33 cm · St. Gall · third quarter of the 9th century

Homiliary (winter part)

105 sermons from the first Sunday in Advent (end of November / beginning of December) to Annunciation Day (March 25). (smu)

Online since: 06/12/2006

St. Gallen, Stiftsbibliothek, Cod. Sang. 431

Parchment · 322 pp. · 43 x 32 cm · St. Gall · third quarter of the 9th century

Homiliary (winter part)

60 sermons for Lent and for Holy Week. (smu)

Online since: 06/12/2006

St. Gallen, Stiftsbibliothek, Cod. Sang. 432

Parchment · 542 pp. · 43 x 30 cm · St. Gall · second quarter of the 9th century

Homiliary (summer part)

146 sermons from Easter to the last Sunday after Pentecost. (smu)

Online since: 06/12/2006

St. Gallen, Stiftsbibliothek, Cod. Sang. 433

Parchment · 706 pp. · 41 x 30 cm · St. Gall · third quarter of the 9th century

Homiliary (Proprium de sanctis)

Deluxe manuscript with numerous outstanding, perfectly executed initials and an excellent image of dedication (Saint Augustine), containing mostly sermons for the principal saints' days. (smu)

Online since: 06/12/2006

St. Gallen, Stiftsbibliothek, Cod. Sang. 434

Parchment · 340 pp. · 41 x 31 cm · St. Gall · third quarter of the 9th century

Homiliary (summer part, Sundays after Pentecost

Sermons for the Sundays after Pentecost. (smu)

Online since: 06/12/2006

St. Gallen, Stiftsbibliothek, Cod. Sang. 435

Parchment · 588 pp. · 36.5-37 x 27.5 cm · Chelles (Paris) · about 810

Expositio libri comitis

An incomplete copy of the Expositio libri comitis, a selection of Epistle and Gospel readings organized according to the Church year, composed by the Benedictine monk Smaragdus of St. Mihiel (near Verdun; † ca. 840). This copy produced at the women's cloister of Chelles Abbey near Paris was produced in about 810 and is the oldest known surviving copy. (smu)

Online since: 12/21/2009

St. Gallen, Stiftsbibliothek, Cod. Sang. 437

Parchment · 295 (296) pp. · 37 x 25.5 cm · Ittingen · first half of the 13th century

Lectionary for the Matins and antiphonary

This codex, written in the 13th century, contains a lectionary for Matins for the saints’ days and an antiphonary for the entire liturgical year. The antiphonary bears the title In nomine domini incipiunt antiphone secundum morem Marbacensis ecclesie. Nevertheless, this is probably not a manuscript from the reformed monastery of Marbach in Alsace. Based on the offices, which indicate a connection with St. Gall, it must rather be assumed that the manuscript originated in the monastery of the Canons Regular of St. Lawrence in Ittingen, which belonged to the monastery of St. Gall, but which followed the Consuetudines of Marbach. The fly leaf (p. 2/1) contains a large part of the Office of St. Gallus, probably from a manuscript from the 10th/11th century. Readings as well as chants (the latter ones with neumes) are recorded. The order of the responses and antiphons does not match that of the Hartker antiphonary, Cod. Sang. 391. (sno)

Online since: 12/20/2012

St. Gallen, Stiftsbibliothek, Cod. Sang. 438

Parchment · 193 ff. · 34.3-34.7 x 25.2-25.5 cm · 2nd half of the 15th century (1463–1491?)

Psalter with antiphons and hymns, hymnal

This manuscript probably was written at the behest of St. Gall Abbot Ulrich Rösch (1463-1491). The manuscript’s principal part consists of a Psalter with the Psalms in biblical order, as well as several liturgical rubrics, antiphons (partly only with the Initium), and hymns, followed by the Pater noster, the Credo, biblical Cantica, the Te Deum, a litany und more Cantica. The final part, from fol. 135v, consists of a hymnal, which also contains a Sequence (Cantemus cuncti melodum). Antiphons and hymns have melodies in German plainsong notation("Hufnagelnotation") on 4 or 5 lines. Numerous erasures and additions, as well as other signs of usage, attest to intensive use of the manuscript. Several pages have book decorations in the form of initials with vine scrolls; a figure initial can be found on fol. 1v (a man fighting a dragon and a bird of prey). (sno)

Online since: 10/07/2013

St. Gallen, Stiftsbibliothek, Cod. Sang. 440

Parchment · 235 ff. pp. · 42.3 x 32.5-33.5 cm · 1467

Psalter with antiphons and hymns, hymnal

This manuscript was written at the behest of St. Gall Abbot Ulrich Rösch (1463-1491) (dating on f. 227r: 1467). Its content corresponds substantially to that of Cod. Sang. 438: a Psalter with the Psalms in biblical order, as well as several liturgical rubrics, antiphons (partly only with the Initium) and hymns are followed from f. 148v by Cantica, and from f. 172v by a hymnal. Antiphons and hymns have melodies in German plainsong notation ("Hufnagelnotation") on 4 or 5 lines. Numerous erasures (sometimes extending over several pages) and additions, as well as other signs of usage, attest to intensive use of the manuscript. Several pages have book decorations in the form of initials with vine scrolls; a figure initial can be found on f. 109v (David with a harp). (sno)

Online since: 10/07/2013

St. Gallen, Stiftsbibliothek, Cod. Sang. 442

Parchment · 159 pp. · 18.2 x 13.2 cm · Monastery of St. Gall (Fr. Heinrich Keller) · around 1555

Ritual from the post-Reformation Monastery of St. Gall

Ritual for the personal use of Prince-Abbot of St. Gall Diethelm Blarer (1530−1564; cf. his coat of arms on p. 8 and the stamp for his personal library on p. 7); written by the St. Gall monk Heinrich Keller (1518−1567) and illustrated around 1555 by an unknown illuminator from the area of Lake Constance. The St. Gall manuscripts Cod. Sang. 357 and Cod. Sang. 439 were illuminated by this same artist at the same time. The small-format volume contains liturgical texts on the administration of the sacrament of baptism (pp. 9-107), on the readmission of a woman into the circle of believers after giving birth (pp. 107-114), on marriage (pp. 114-141), as well as on the distribution of wine on October 16th, the feast day of Saint Gall, the founder of St. Gall (pp. 144a-154). (smu)

Online since: 09/23/2014

St. Gallen, Stiftsbibliothek, Cod. Sang. 443

Parchment · 86 pp. · 21-22 x 16.5 cm · Monastery of St. Gall · 15th century and 1563

Ritual; preface to Manfred Barbarini Lupus’ compositions for several voices in Cod. Sang. 542 and 543

This manuscript consists of two-parts bound together; the first part (pp. 3-26) contains a 15th century ritual with instructions for visits to the sick, for spiritual care for the dying, and for burial (this is cut off in the prayer at the coffin on p. 26). The second part (pp. 27-86) consists of two discourses in defense of polyphonic music, composed by St. Gall monk Mauritius Enck (†1575) at the behest of Abbot Diethelm Blarer (1530-1564). These discourses are meant as prefaces to Manfred Barbarini Lupus’ compositions for several voices in Cod. Sang. 542 and 543. Enck defends polyphonic music against widespread criticism, for example for its presumed lascivia („wantonness“), and postulates an ideal for church music consisting of a combination with a chorale as the foundation and figural music as embellishment. Thus he describes precisely the compositions of Barbarini Lupus. At the end of the first discourse (pp. 47-48), Enck names the artists who contributed to Cod. Sang. 542 and 543 as well as the time period of their work on the manuscripts (from 1561 to 1563). (sno)

Online since: 09/23/2014
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