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[sine loco], codices restituti, Cod. 1 (Codex Florus dispersus)
Papyrus and Parchment · 117 ff. · 32 x 22 cm · Lyon or Luxeil · 7th / 8th century
Augustinus Hipponensis, Epistolae et Sermones (Codex restitutus)

"Codex Florus dispersus” contains a virtual reconstruction of a manuscript of letters and sermons by Augustine. It was written by a single hand in a late 7th or early 8th century uncial script. The manuscript evidently originated in France, perhaps in Luxeuil or in Lyon. Originally the manuscript contained at least 30 quinions (at least 300 leaves), of which 117 leaves remain today. One part with 63 leaves from the original quires 4-11 is currently held in Paris (BnF, lat. 11641); after leaf 26 there could be inserted a single leaf which currently is held in St. Petersburg (NLR, Lat.F.papyr. I.1). Another part with 53 leaves from the original quires 24-30 is being held in Geneva (Bibliothèque de Genève, lat. 16). The outer leaf of each quire (quinio) is parchment, while the remaining leaves are papyrus. During the 9th century the volume was part of the library of Florus of Lyon, who added numerous marginalia to the manuscript in his own hand. "sine loco", codices restituti, Cod. 1 contains a virtual reconstruction of the surviving pieces in their original order. (flu)

Online Since: 12/15/2014

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[sine loco], codices restituti, Cod. 2 (Frowinus dispersus)
Parchment · 194 ff. · 31.5 x 23 cm · Engelberg · 1143-1178
Gregorius M., Moralia in Job., t. I (Codex restitutus)

This codex contains a virtual reconstruction of Engelberg Abbey Library’s Cod. 20 with the first volume of Gregory the Great’s Moralia in Iob. It contains the first (ff. 6r-99r) and second part (99r-193v), each divided into five books. At the front of the volume there used to be a full-page illustration consisting of an artistic portrayal of Job with his three friends (upper half) and a portrayal of Gregory the Great and a writing monk (lower half), who according to custom represents Peter the Deacon (Petrus Diaconus). This leaf with a verse of dedication by Frowin on the back, the actual recto side, was carefully described by P. Karl Stadler in his hand-written catalog of 1787; this helped to identify the membrum disiectum, which is now held by the The Cleveland Museum of Art, 1955.74 (Purchase from the J.H. Wade Fund), as unequivocally belonging to this volume. (flu)

Online Since: 12/15/2014

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Aarau, Aargauer Kantonsbibliothek, MsBN 49
Parchment · 184 ff. · 12.5 x 8.5 cm · Bohemia · End of the 14th century / 1st half of the 15th century
Prayer book

This manuscript contains a collection of prayers in Bohemian; eight prayers are attributed to Johannes of Neumarkt (around 1310-1380), an early representative of Bohemian humanism. The manuscript is decorated with several red and blue initials. An image of the Arma Christi used to be glued onto f. 39r, of which only residue remains. (sau)

Online Since: 12/18/2014

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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

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Aarau, Aargauer Kantonsbibliothek, MsWettF 9
Parchment · 260 ff. · 30.5 x 21 cm · Basel (?) · second quarter of the 14th century
Petrus Comestor; Alexander de Villa Dei; Petrus Pictaviensis

Composite manuscript from the second half of the 14th century. The main part contains the Historia scholastica by Petrus Comestor (1r-235v), augmented with various texts about the genealogy of Christ. The manuscript contains numerous graphic representations and illuminated initials which indicate provenance from Basel. The many holes in the parchment are artfully patched with embroidery. The manuscript originated in the Cistercian Monastery Maris Stella, Wettingen. (sau)

Online Since: 12/18/2014

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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Aarau, Aargauer Kantonsbibliothek, MsWettF 26: 4
Paper · 79 ff. · 30 x 21 cm · 1445
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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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