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Sion/Sitten, Archives du Chapitre/Kapitelsarchiv 5
Fribourg/Freiburg, Archives de l'Etat de Fribourg/Staatsarchiv Freiburg 11
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 40
Engelberg, Stiftsbibliothek 55
Sarnen, Benediktinerkollegium 10
Neuchâtel, Bibliothèque publique et universitaire de Neuchâtel 7
Cologny, Fondation Martin Bodmer 116
Trogen, Kantonsbibliothek Appenzell Ausserrhoden 12
St. Gallen, Stiftsbibliothek 504
Solothurn, Domschatz der St.-Ursen-Kathedrale 3
Schlatt, Eisenbibliothek 1
Fribourg/Freiburg, Couvent des Cordeliers/Franziskanerkloster 11
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 4
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 12
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: 1114, displayed: 881 – 900

St. Gallen, Stiftsbibliothek, Cod. Sang. 575

Parchment · 172 pp. · 33.5-34.5 x 24.5-27.5 cm · St. Gall · 9th century

Johannes Cassianus, Collationes patrum XVII-XXIV

Part III of "The conferences" (Collationes patrum XVII-XXIV), composed by John Cassian († about 435). This copy was made in St. Gall in the first half of the 9th century. (smu)

Online since: 12/09/2008

St. Gallen, Stiftsbibliothek, Cod. Sang. 576

Parchment · 158 pp. · 33.5-34.5 x 24.5-27.5 cm · St. Gall · 9th century

John Cassian, "The conferences" (Homilies and teachings of the Church fathers)

Part II of "The conferences" (Collationes patrum XI-XVII), composed by John Cassian († about 435). This copy was made in St. Gall in the first half of the 9th century. (smu)

Online since: 12/09/2008

St. Gallen, Stiftsbibliothek, Cod. Sang. 577

Parchment · 754 pp. · 34.5 x 26 cm · St. Gall · 9th/10th centuries

«Passionarium novum»: Lives of early Christian, early German and Carolingian Saints

The St. Gall "Passionarium novum": a large-format manuscript containing the lives of early Christian, early German and Carolingian saints, written in the cloister at St. Gall during the 9th and 10th centuries. This volume includes the oldest known, and indeed the best surviving copies of the life histories of saints Meinrad, Odilia, Hilarius, Trudpert, Verena, Leodgar and Pirmin. (smu)

Online since: 07/31/2009

St. Gallen, Stiftsbibliothek, Cod. Sang. 578

Parchment · 294 pp. · 34/35 x 25/26 cm · St. Gall · about 900

Vita Gregorii M.

A copy of the Life of the Saint and Pope Gregory I. by Johannes Diaconus (825-880/882), produced at the Abbey of St. Gall around the year 900. (smu)

Online since: 12/21/2009

St. Gallen, Stiftsbibliothek, Cod. Sang. 579

Parchment · 325 pp. · 29.5 x 21.5 cm · St. Gall · 9th century

Vitae sanctorum. Dicta Martini ep. ad Polemium ep. Homiliae s. Caesarii.

A manuscript compilation written in the 9th century at the Abbey of St. Gall. The manuscript contains, among other items, the Lives of monastic father Antonius (by Athanasius), Paulus, Hilraion and Malchus (all by the church father Jerome), 12 homilies (Predigten) of Caesarius of Arles, additionals tracts by Caesarius and by Pseudo-Caesarius as well as the dicta of Martin of Braga addressed to Polemius entitled “De correctione rusticorum”. The manuscript contains a very large number of quill tests, including two alphabetical verses (“Adnexique globum…” and “Ferunt ophyr…”) and a scribal saying: Scribere discce puer(smu)

Online since: 12/21/2009

St. Gallen, Stiftsbibliothek, Cod. Sang. 586

Paper · II + 494 + II pp. · 21.5-22 x 15-15.5 cm · St. Gall · 15th century

Lives of the saints of St. Gall; "Sprüche der Altväter"

A German language edition of the life history of the St. Gall patron saints Gallus, Magnus, Otmar and Wiborada. Includes color portraits of saints Wiborada and Otmar (the latter bound into the wrong location in the manuscript; the portraits of Gallus and Magnus have been lost). The manuscript also includes a German translation of the Proverbs ("Sprüche der Altväter") as well as some brief spiritual texts for nuns, written down and most likely translated into German by Friedrich Kölner (or Colner), a Reformist monk originally from the cloister of Hersfeld in Hessen, who was a member of the Cloister of St. Gall between 1430 and 1436. (smu)

Online since: 12/09/2008

St. Gallen, Stiftsbibliothek, Cod. Sang. 590

Paper · 3 + 346 ff. · 21 x 14.5 cm · St. Gall · 1522

Hans Conrad Haller, the life history of St. Gall patron saint Notker Balbulus; German prayers

The oldest German language version of the life history of St. Gall patron saint Notker Balbulus († 912), produced by Hans Conrad Haller (1486/90-1525), a member of the St. Gall religious community, for the Benedictine nuns of the Cloister of St. George above St. Gall in the year 1522. With decorated initials and borders. Following the vita are German prayers as well as a German translation of the tract Exhortationes ad monachos ("Von der geistlichen Ritterschaft der Mönche" or the "Exhortations to Monks") by Abbot Johannes Trithemius of Sponheim (1462-1516). (smu)

Online since: 12/09/2008

St. Gallen, Stiftsbibliothek, Cod. Sang. 602

Paper · 522 pp. · 28.5 x 20.5 cm · St. Gall · 1451-1460

Vitae of German saints

Legendary of St. Gall: contains, among other items, the German lives of the St. Gallen Saints Gallus, Magnus, Otmar and Wiborada, illustrated with 142 vivid images. (smu)

Online since: 06/12/2006

St. Gallen, Stiftsbibliothek, Cod. Sang. 603

Paper · 691 pp. · 27 x 20 cm · St. Gall, Dominican convent of St. Katharina · second half of the 15th century and 1493

Composite manuscript

Collection manuscript, 15th century, from the Dominican convent of St. Katharina in St. Gall. This German-language manuscript is made up of five fascicles and contains a treatise on the Passion of Christ ("Vierzig Myrrhenbüschel vom Leiden Christi"): the story of the foundation of the Dominican convent of St. Katharinental near Diessenhofen; the "Diessenhofener Schwesternbuch" and the "Tösser Schwesternbuch"; the legends of saints Elizabeth of Hungary, Margaret of Hungary, Ida of Toggenburg and Louis of Toulouse as well as a short excerpt from the "Liber specialis gratiae" of Mechthild of Hackeborn in German translation. (fas)

Online since: 12/12/2006

St. Gallen, Stiftsbibliothek, Cod. Sang. 604

Paper · A,B + II + 241 + Y,Z pp. · 27.5 x 21 cm · Schaffhausen, All Saints Abbey (?) · 14th century

German language composite manuscript with the Book of Founders of All Saints Abbey (Kloster Allerheiligen) in Schaffhausen

This manuscript, probably written in the Benedictine All Saints Abbey in Schaffhausen, contains, besides many shorter, often later added texts, a number of German-language lives of the saints (Maurice and the Theban Legion, Mary Magdalene, Elizabeth of Hungary), meditative texts (on Maundy Thursday, on the Passion of Christ, the Steinbuch of a certain Volmar), and the Book of Founders of All Saints Abbey. The latter is a free adaptation of the 12th century legend of the founding of the Abbey on the Rhine. Using the cut leather (cuir-ciselé) technique, an artist cut central figures of the foundation legend (probably St. Benedict, Eberhard of Nellenburg, Burkhard of Nellenburg, Wilhelm of Hirsau?) into the front and back of the cover. On p. 204, there is a pen sketch of the saints Benedict and Bernard. At an unknown date, the manuscript came into the possession of the scholar Aegidius Tschudi of Glarus and, together with his literary estate, was bought by the Monastery of St. Gall in February 1768. (smu)

Online since: 12/13/2013

St. Gallen, Stiftsbibliothek, Cod. Sang. 609

Paper · 441 pp. · 32/33 x 22 cm · middle of the 16th century

Composite manuscript by Aegidius Tschudi, containing a copy of the Rhaetian Urbarium (imperial land survey) from the middle of the 9th century

This composite manuscript from the estate of the humanist Aegidius Tschudi (1505-1572) of Glarus consists of 12 individual sets of papers, purchased by the monastery ofSt. Gall in 1768 and bound in the years thereafter. This volume, mostly written by Tschudi himself, contains, among others, lists of bishops and other important office holders in the dioceses of Konstanz, Strasbourg, Basel and Chur; documents concerning the history of the Monasteries of St. Gall, Einsiedeln, Muri, Pfäfers, Engelberg and their abbots; a German copy of the vita of St. Meinrad; copies of documents of several southern German monasteries; and – the most important text – the only surviving copy of excerpts from the "Reichsgutsurbar" of Churrätien from the first half of the 9th century. The original did not survive; it was no longer available at the time of Tschudi, who instead copied an incomplete version from the 10th to 12th century. (smu)

Online since: 12/20/2012

St. Gallen, Stiftsbibliothek, Cod. Sang. 610

Paper · 521 pp. · 29 x 20.5 cm · 1452-1459

Computistic Texts and Tables; Lives of Saints and Martyrs; Casus sancti Galli etc.

The two main components of this manuscript are the lives of the house saints of St. Gall (Gallus, Otmar, Wiborada and Notker Balbulus) and of the apostles and early Christian saints and martyrs, and the Chronicle of the Abbey of St. Gall, from the Casus sancti Galli by Ratpert (612-883) to the Continuatio by Conradus de Fabaria (1204-1234). St. Gall reformer Vadian added marginal notes, some of them quite detailed and critical, to the text describing the history of the cloister. The codex also contains chronicalistic notes about St. Gall and Switzerland (14th/15th centuries), the Reise in das Heilige Land by Steffan Kapfman, and computistic, medical, astronomical and theological texts. On two previously empty pages (pp. 324-325) St. Gall abbey librarian Idelfons von Arx added four recipes for making faded handwriting legible. (sno)

Online since: 06/22/2010

St. Gallen, Stiftsbibliothek, Cod. Sang. 613

Parchment · 376 pp. · 28 x 19 cm · St. Gall · 1526

Codex Gaisbergianus

This manuscript, named after the person who commissioned it, Abbot Franz Gaisberg (abbot 1504-1529), contains assorted historiographic and hagiographic texts: a history of the abbots of St. Gall with coats of arms, epitaphs of St. Gall abbots and monks, the history of the St. Gall abbey (Casus sancti Galli) for the years 1200-1232 by Konrad von Fabaria, the anonymous Vita of Notker Balbulus († 912), together with a copy of the records of his beatification process in 1513 and the legends of saints Constantius, Minias, and Roch. The codex was written by the organist and calligrapher Fridolin Sicher of the St. Gall Abbey (1490-1546). (sno)

Online since: 03/31/2011

St. Gallen, Stiftsbibliothek, Cod. Sang. 614

Parchment · 338 ff. · 22.5 x 16-16.5 cm · St. Gall (in part) · 9th-12th centuries

Sermons of the Church Fathers · Casus Sancti Galli (Ratpert) · Pseudo-Remedian Canons · Ordines Romani · Bernold of Constancez, Micrologus

Manuscript collection produced at the monastery of St. Gall, containing the oldest known surviving version of the Casus sancti Galli by the monk Ratpert, in a copy from about 900. Additional longer texts, written down between the 9th and 13th centuries contain sermons by the early Church fathers, a register of the abbots of St. Gall from the 7th through the 13th centuries, hymns, and excerpts from the Collectio Canonum by Pseudo-Remedius as well as the Micrologus by Bernold of Konstanz. (smu)

Online since: 12/09/2008

St. Gallen, Stiftsbibliothek, Cod. Sang. 615

Parchment · 360 pp. · 16 x 10.5 cm · St. Gall · 12th-13th centuries

Transcripts of the "Casus sancti Galli" by Ratpert, Ekkehart IV. and the anonymous continuators

Contains the earliest extant copy of the monastery chronicle "Casus sancti Galli" by the St. St. Gall monk Ekkehart IV. (ca. 980 – ca. 1060), as well as copies of the "Casus sancti Galli" by the monk Ratpert and the principal manuscript of the anonymous continuation of the monastery chronicle ("Continuatio Casuum Sancti Galli"). (smu)

Online since: 06/12/2006

St. Gallen, Stiftsbibliothek, Cod. Sang. 620

Parchment · 3-331 pp. · 37/38 x 25/26 cm · St. Gall (?) · 13th century

From the Martyrologium of Notker I and Ado ∙ Petrus Comestor, Historia Scholastica ∙ Canones apostolorum et conciliorum ∙ Ivo of Chartres, Panormia ∙ Paulus Diaconus, History of the Lombards ∙ Robertus Monachus (Robert of Rheims), The Conquest of Jerusalem ∙ Excerpts from Martin of Opava’s Chronicle of the Popes and Emperors

13th century composite manuscript consisting of 8 parts: 1) excerpts from the martyrologies of the St. Gall Monk Notker Balbulus and of Ado of Vienne (p. 3-10), 2) copy of about half of Petrus Comestor’s Historia Scholastica (p. 11-234), 3) Canones apostolorum et conciliorum prolati per Clementem papam in a smaller format booklet by another hand (p. 235-252), 4) excerpts from the work Panormia by Ivo of Chartres (p. 246b-252b), 5) Historia Langobardorum by Petrus Diaconus with an annex by Andrea Bergamensis (p. 253a-272b), 6) Historia Hierosolymitana by Robertus Monachus Remigiensis (p. 273a-313a), 7) appendices concerning the history of the Holy Roman Empire, the schism of the Church of Utrecht, and the death of Conrad III (p. 313), 8) excerpts from the Chronica pontificum et imperatorum, ab Hadriano usque ad Constantinum by Martin of Opava (Martinus Polonus; p. 314-330). (dor)

Online since: 12/13/2013

St. Gallen, Stiftsbibliothek, Cod. Sang. 621

Parchment · 356 pp. · 34.5 x 26 cm · St. Gall · before 883 and 9th century

Historiarum adversum paganos libri VII

St. Gallen copy of Paulus Orosius' history of the world from Adam to the year 417 from the 9th century, with numerous glosses and several maps, written by the monk Ekkehart IV. in the 11th century. (smu)

Online since: 09/14/2005

St. Gallen, Stiftsbibliothek, Cod. Sang. 622

Parchment · IV + 517 ff. · 28.5 x 23 cm · Lisieux (?) · 9th century

Frechulf of Lisieux, world history

The Carolingian world history written by Bishops Frechulf of Lisieux in the oldest surviving copy, produced in 825/830. Written in the scriptorum of Lisieux, this item had already been obtained by the monastery of St. Gall by 850/860. (smu)

Online since: 12/09/2008

St. Gallen, Stiftsbibliothek, Cod. Sang. 623

Parchment · A-D + 212 + W-Z pp. · 30 x 21.5/22 cm · St. Gall (?) · 9th century

Pompeius Trogus / Justinus Junianus, Historia

A copy of the excerpts made by Junianus Justinus from the lost history of the world (“Historiae Philippicae”) by the Roman historian Pompeius Trogus, produced in the 9th century, probably at the Abbey of St. Gall. At the end of the text is the famous Old High German St. Gallen scribal verse: Chumo kiscreib filo chumor kipeit. (smu)

Online since: 12/21/2009

St. Gallen, Stiftsbibliothek, Cod. Sang. 625

Parchment · 340 pp. · 25 x 19.5 cm · Dürnstein · 1454

Romance of Alexander

A copy of the "Alexanderroman" (Romance of Alexander) by physician, translator and poet Johannes Hartlieb (1468) of Munich. This is the exemplar that Hartlieb had produced for Duke Albrecht III. of Bavaria (1451-1460) and his wife Anna of Braunschweig by calligrapher Johannes Frauendorfer of Thierenstein in the year 1454, using a professional Bastarda script. It is illustrated with 45 six-by-thirteen-line fully colored initials, possibly by the hand of Bavarian miniaturist Hans Rot. Decorations include numerous simple and intricate vine borders with acanthus leaves, in which a wide variety of animals frolic, and in which one can find many of the flowers of the region. The Romance of Alexander remained one of the most popular prose romances in the German language until 1500. (smu)

Online since: 07/31/2009
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