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Neuchâtel, Bibliothèque publique et universitaire de Neuchâtel

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Neuchâtel, Bibliothèque publique et universitaire de Neuchâtel, A1
Parchment · 148 ff. · 26.5 x 35.5 cm · second half-end of the 9th century
Piae conciones in Evangelii lectiones

This manuscript lacks a beginning, has much-trimmed margins, and was written by a variety of hands, is datable to the second half through the end of the 9th century. It contains readings from the Gospel texts for the feasts from Christmas through Pentacost as well as those of a few saints. The first words of the Gospel texts were augmented later (12th century) in the outer margin. The text for the feast celebrating the birth of the Archangel Michael (129v-131v) is specially highlighted with a pen sketch of the saint in the margin and a marker in the lower corner. The flyleaf is a notarial document dated 1373 in favour of Isabelle von Neuenburg. (ber)

Online Since: 03/22/2012

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Neuchâtel, Bibliothèque publique et universitaire de Neuchâtel, A3
Paper · 372 pp. · 20 x 29.5 cm · 14th century
Fables and legends from the Vitae Patrum

A paper manuscript with two columns of text, missing its beginning, datable to the 14th century, written by various hands in turn, using Textura and Cursive. It contains a collection of what was originally 74 fables and legends in verse in Old French, following the model of the Vitae Patrum, which was originally written during the 12th century by a variety of authors. The manuscript is in its original binding of white leather; the flyleaves consist of notarial documents from the 13th/14th centuries, which have left traces of transferred text on the inner gace of the cover. On f. 186v the Exlibris Iste liber est de Joni de Densseuto is written twice, and on f. 92v is an announcement of the birth of the son of Pierre de Vatravers in the year 1465. (ber)

Online Since: 03/22/2012

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Neuchâtel, Bibliothèque publique et universitaire de Neuchâtel, A21
Paper · 142 ff. · 21.5 cm · 17th century, first half
Les Preceptes de Manuel empereur de Constantinople touchant l’éducation Royalle mis en françois par le Roy treschretien Louis XIIIe

Autograph of the lessons of the young King Louis XIII (1601-1643) by his Praeceptors, the philosopher and Humanist Nicholas Le Fèvre (1544-1612) and Monsier Fleurence. Each translation of selected excerpts from the works of King Manuel Palaiologos for his son John, Praecepta educationis regiae, from Latin into French, written by the hand of the young prince, is followed by a dictum in the form of a Latin sentence by the Praeceptor, continuing the lesson. The library received the manuscript in 1796 as a gift from Samuel von Chambrier, a politician and historial from Neuenburg. (ber)

Online Since: 03/22/2012

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Neuchâtel, Bibliothèque publique et universitaire de Neuchâtel, A25
Parchment · 160 ff. · 21 x 13.5 cm · second half of the 12th century
Adhortationes sanctorum patrum sive verba seniorum; Petrus Venerabilis, De miraculis

This manuscript contains the Adhortaciones sanctorum patrum (ff. 13-96v) and the De miraculis (ff. 97r-158r), a collection of miracles assembled by Peter the Venerable, reformer and last of the great abbots of Cluny. The front flyleaves contain a notarial document from the 14th century, while the rear ones contain assorted notes, possibly notices of ownership, which seem to have been obliterated. (ber)

Online Since: 03/22/2012

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Neuchâtel, Bibliothèque publique et universitaire de Neuchâtel, A28
Parchment · 229 ff. · 14.2 x 10.4 cm · Flanders, probably Bruges · about 1500
Book of Hours

A book of hours following the liturgical usage of Rome, richly illustrated with full-page miniatures, borders, and initials, written in cursive script (bastarda) which can be dated to about 1500, with texts in Latin, French, and Flemish. The style of the miniatures, especially that of the naturalistic borders with flowers and insects, but also with complete scenes, seems typical of the Ghent-Bruges school. (ber)

Online Since: 03/22/2012

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Neuchâtel, Bibliothèque publique et universitaire de Neuchâtel, Ms. R 55
Paper · 432 ff. · 24 x 18-18.5 cm · Paris · 1753-1764
Jean-Jacques Rousseau, Dictionnaire de musique

First complete handwritten edition, with a number of deletions and cross-references. Each booklet consists of 12 bifolia. The pages were numbered by Rousseau. The recto of the pages contain the text, the verso corrections and additions. In his Dictionnaire de musique, Rousseau takes up again the approximately four hundred articles he had written in 1749 for the Encyclopédie. Starting in 1753, in answer to attacks and criticism brought on by his articles, he begins to revise and rewrite them. Because he strives for lexicographic completeness in the field of music, the author composes more and more new entries, reaching close to nine hundred terms. In 1794 the manuscript is donated to the Neuchâtel Library by Pierre-Alexandre DuPeyrou (1729-1794) from Neuchâtel, Rousseau’s friend and publisher. (beg)

Online Since: 04/09/2014

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Neuchâtel, Bibliothèque publique et universitaire de Neuchâtel, Ms. R 78
Paper · 140 pp. · 16.8 x 10.7-10.9 cm · Paris · 1776-1778
Jean-Jacques Rousseau, Les Rêveries du promeneur solitaire

Carefully handwritten copy of the first seven Promenades (of the ten that make up the published text), with several crossed out and deleted passages. Each booklet consists of 12 bifolia. From page 1 to 83, the pages were numbered by Rousseau, from page 84 by Th. Dufour. In Les Rêveries, Rousseau performs one last introspection in the form of philosphical thoughts and reflections, which he himself characterizes as an appendix to his Confessions. In the fifth Promenade, he describes with nostalgia the moments of solitary happiness he experienced on St. Peter's Island in Lake Biel. The Rêveries are Rousseau’s last text; after the philosopher’s death, they were retained by his friend and publisher Pierre-Alexandre DuPeyrou (1729-1794) from Neuchâtel, who in his testament bequeathed the manuscript to the Neuchâtel Library. (beg)

Online Since: 04/09/2014