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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
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Number of manuscripts: 1145, displayed: 861 – 880

St. Gallen, Stiftsbibliothek, Cod. Sang. 457

Parchment · 190 pp. · 21.5 x 13-13.5 cm · St. Gall · 9th century

Martyrology

A martyrology by Hrabanus Maurus, possibly written in Mainz or Fulda, produced shortly after 843. This codex is very likely the presentation copy given to Abbot Grimald of St. Gall (841-872); however, the presentation dedication is missing from the front matter. (smu)

Online since: 12/09/2008

St. Gallen, Stiftsbibliothek, Cod. Sang. 458

Parchment · 228 pp. · 21.5 x 15.5 cm · St. Gall · second half of the 9th century

A martyrology by Hrabanus Maurus

A martyrology by Hrabanus Maurus, composed shortly after 843. The codex contains a copy of Cod. Sang. 457, under the auspices of the St. St. Gall monk Notker Balbulus shortly after 875. It also includes the presentation dedication, missing from the presentation copy (Cod. Sang. 457), addressed to Abbot Ratleik of Seligenstadt and Abbot Grimald of St. Gall (841-872). (smu)

Online since: 12/09/2008

St. Gallen, Stiftsbibliothek, Cod. Sang. 459

Parchment · 366 ff. · 21 x 15-17 cm · St. Gall · 9th/10th centuries

Computational/scientific compilation with numerous tables, schematics

Computational/scientific compilation manuscript with numerous tables, schematics, and texts about calendar computation, produced in the monastery of St. Gall around the end of the 9th century and beginning ot the 10th. The volume also includes a St. Gallen calendar and the Annales Sangallenses brevissimi (a short history of St. Gall). Two early medieval maps of the world (terrae orbis or T-O maps) precede the work De temporum ratione by the Venerable Bede. (smu)

Online since: 12/09/2008

St. Gallen, Stiftsbibliothek, Cod. Sang. 462

Paper · 182 pp. · 18.5 x 24.5 cm · 16th century

German song book

The song book of Chaplain Johannes Heer of Glarus: a collection of 88 folk-, students-, love-, drinking- and joke songs, among them 40 unique items; from the pre-reformation period (1510-1520). (smu)

Online since: 12/31/2005

St. Gallen, Stiftsbibliothek, Cod. Sang. 463

Paper · I + 143 ff. · 15 x 21.5 cm · 16th century

From the Songbook Collection of Aegidius Tschudi: Volume for Descant and Alto Voices

Songbook compiled by the universal scholar Aegidius Tschudi (1505-1572) from the middle of the 16th century. The volume contains 215 musical scores in measured notation using the five line staff, mainly by contemporary French, Dutch, and German composers such as Josquin Desprez, Adrian Willaert, Jacob Obrecht, Heinrich Isaac, and Ludwig Senfl. The descant (or soprano) parts are found on the left-hand pages, with the alto (or tenor) parts on the right-hand pages. (smu)

Online since: 12/09/2008

St. Gallen, Stiftsbibliothek, Cod. Sang. 479

Paper · 227 ff. · 12.5 x 10 cm · St. Gall · 1483

The German Language Prayer book of Dorotea von Hof

This manuscript of collected items with twelve historiated initials and prayers in the German language was written by Dorothea von Hof (1458-1501), daughter of Heinrich Ehinger and Margarethe von Kappel. The codex contains the Officium parvum BMV as well as assorted prayers (mainly Marian prayers and prayers from the Passion of Christ), the Hundert Betrachtungen ("Hundred Meditations") from the Büchlein der ewigen Weisheit ("Book of Eternal Wisdom") by Henry Suso, and prayers ascribed to Thomas Aquinas. This manuscript on paper, completed in 1483, was presumably owned by the sisters of the Dominican cloister of St. Katharina in St. Gall, of which Dorothea von Hof is listed as a patroness. (fas)

Online since: 12/21/2010

St. Gallen, Stiftsbibliothek, Cod. Sang. 484

Parchment · II + 323 pp. · 10 x 8 cm · St. Gall · first half of the 10th century

Tropary

Important musical manuscript in very small format containing the repertory of tropes, Ordinary chants and sequences in use around 930/940 in the monastery of St. Gall. With discrete texts and compositions by numerous St. St. Gall monks (Notker Balbulus, Tuotilo, Ratpert, Notker Physicus, Waltram and others). The manuscript was intended for the cantor who indicated the melody to the other singers. (smu)

Online since: 05/24/2007

St. Gallen, Stiftsbibliothek, Cod. Sang. 530

Paper · VII + 140 ff. · 30.5-31 x 20.5-21 cm · 1517 / 1531

Organ tabulature of Fridolin Sicher

An organ tablature by the St. Gall cathedral organist and calligrapher Fridolin Sicher (1490-1546). Starting in 1512, while he was a pupil of the organist Hans Buchner in Konstanz, Sicher gathered 176 pieces by 94 composers (including Paul Hofhaimer, Hans Buchner, Jacob Obrecht, Josquin Desprez, Matthaeus Pipelaere) together in this volume. Two thirds are sacred vocal pieces, the rest are originally secular songs. The descant is in measured notation on a five line staff, while the remaining vocal parts are indicated with alphabet letters and rhythmical symbols. Some of the compositions may be found only in this particular organ book. (smu)

Online since: 12/09/2008

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)

Online since: 06/23/2014

St. Gallen, Stiftsbibliothek, Cod. Sang. 541

Parchment · X + 298 ff. · 56.5-57 x 35.5-36 cm · St. Gall · 1544

Fridolin Sicher, Antiphonary from the Cloister of St. Gall

This large-format antiphonary from the Cloister of St. Gall, produced in the year 1544 at the request of Abbot Diethelm Blarer (1530-1564), contains songs to be sung during the liturgy of the hours on holy days throughout the year. The scribe who wrote this volume was the cleric, cathedral organist and calligrapher Fridolin Sicher (1490-1546), the illuminator who made the 22 figured initials and the full-page double illustration at the beginning of the antiphonary is unknown. (smu)

Online since: 12/09/2008

St. Gallen, Stiftsbibliothek, Cod. Sang. 542

Parchment · 796 pp. · 53.5/54 x 39/39.5 cm · St. Gall · 1562

Manfred Barbarini Lupus, Four-part vocal pieces for holy days of the church year

An opulently illustrated large-format gradual containing four-part vocal pieces, from the Cloister of St. Gall, written and illuminated in the year 1562. By order of Prince-Bishop Diethelm Blarer, the Italian Manfred Barbarini Lupus from Correggio composed these challenging vocal pieces, Father Heinrich Keller (1518-1567) wrote the text, and the manuscript illustrator Kaspar Härtli from Lindau on the Bodensee illuminated the first pages with the important holy days of the church year. The volume has richly ornamented borders and numerous miniatures, among them five of full-page size, and contains the heraldic shields of St. St. Gall monks living at that time; the ornamented pages include many depictions of musical instruments of the period (some of which are no longer known). (smu)

Online since: 12/09/2008

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)

Online since: 06/23/2014

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)

Online since: 06/23/2014

St. Gallen, Stiftsbibliothek, Cod. Sang. 546

Paper · II + XXIX + 377 + I ff. · 41 x 27.5-28 cm · St. Gall · before the year 1507, Scarpatetti: 1507-1514

Joachim Cuontz: sequentiary of St. Gall / Troparion with "Hufnagelnotation"

Great collection of St. Gallen tropes and sequences by Father Joachim Cuontz († 1515), compiled for Abbot Franz Gaisberg (1504-1529) shortly before the beatification of the St Gall monk Notker Balbulus († 912) in the year of 1513. Important document of late medieval choral history. Many of the melodies are, for the first time in St. Gall, provided with musical notation on five staves. (smu)

Online since: 05/24/2007

St. Gallen, Stiftsbibliothek, Cod. Sang. 547

Parchment · 662 pp. · 53 x 35 cm · Cloister of St. Gall · about 1200

Large-format St. Gall Compendium of History from about 1200

This rather hefty tome (weighing nearly 17 Kilos) compiled around 1200 contains copies in Latin of major works of world-, church- and ethnic history; examples include the History of the World by Orosius, the ecclesiastical history of Eusebius of Caesarea, the Summa of Biblical history (Historica Scholastica) of the early Parisian scholastic Peter Comestor († ca. 1179), the history of the first crusade by Robert of Reims, the history of the Langobards by Paulus Diaconus, the History of the English Church and People by the Venerable Bede, and Einhard’s Life of Charlemagne. (smu)

Online since: 10/04/2011

St. Gallen, Stiftsbibliothek, Cod. Sang. 548

Parchment · 180 pp. · 22 x 13.5/14 cm · St. Gall · last quarter of the 8th century

Vitae sanctorum

From the time of Abbot Werdo (784-812): biographies of ancient Roman saints. (smu)

Online since: 09/14/2005

St. Gallen, Stiftsbibliothek, Cod. Sang. 549

Parchment · II + 68 pp. · 19.5 x 9.5 cm · eastern France (?) · about 800

Life of St. Marcellinus

Life of St. Marcellinus, written in a very early Carolingian minuscule, presumably slightly earlier than 800, probably in eastern France. (smu)

Online since: 05/20/2009

St. Gallen, Stiftsbibliothek, Cod. Sang. 550

Parchment · 244 pp. · 14/15 x 9/11 cm · southern German region · second half of the 9th century

Composite manuscript

A manuscript compilation from the second half of the 9th century, produced in the south German region, not at the Abbey of St. Gall. It contains the life story of Saints George, Felix and Regula, and Michael, the so-called Reichenau and Murbach “Briefformeln” (letter-forms), the Book of Pennance (Poenitentiale) by Pseudo-Cummean as well as selections from a grammar book. (smu)

Online since: 12/21/2009

St. Gallen, Stiftsbibliothek, Cod. Sang. 551

Parchment · III + 448 + II pp. · 19 x 14.5 cm · St. Gall · first quarter of the 10th century

Lives of the Saints

A collection of vitae of 13 saints, among them – preserved only here – the vita of St Germanus of Moutier-Grandval in the canton of Jura, Switzerland, written by Bobolenus of Luxeuil ca. 690. A copy from the early 10th century. (smu)

Online since: 12/12/2006

St. Gallen, Stiftsbibliothek, Cod. Sang. 552

Parchment · 282 pp. · 22.5 x 15-15.5 cm · Northwestern France (?) · about 800

Lives of the Church Fathers and Fathers of Monastic Orders

A manuscript of collected texts, including the lives of Church fathers and founders of monastic orders, written in an early Carolingian script, probably shortly before 800 in a scriptorium in northeastern France. (smu)

Online since: 07/31/2009
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