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St. Gallen, Stiftsbibliothek

The Abbey Library of St. Gall is one of the oldest monastic libraries in the world; it is the most important part of St. Gall’s Abbey district UNESCO world heritage site. The library’s valuable holdings illustrate the development of European culture and document the cultural achievements of the Monastery of St. Gall from the 7th century until the dissolution of the Abbey in the year 1805. The core of the library is its manuscript collection with its preeminent corpus of Carolingian-Ottonian manuscripts (8th to 11th century), a significant collection of incunabula and an accumulated store of printed works from the 16th century to the present day. The Abbey Library of St. Gall was a co-founder of the project e-codices. With its famous Baroque hall, where temporary exhibitions are hosted, the Abbey Library of St. Gall is one of the most visited museums in Switzerland.

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St. Gallen, Stiftsbibliothek, Cod. Sang. 1758
Parchment · 478 pp. · 50/50.5 x 33/34 cm · second half of the 15th century (around 1473?) / 16th century / additions 18th century
Graduale de tempore, Ordinarium missae, Sequentiar

This large-format manuscript, which forms a unit with Cod. Sang. 1757, contains chants for the Mass – Proprium de tempore, Ordinarium missae (partially troped), Sequences and votive Masses - in German plainsong notation ("Hufnagelnotation") in a four line-system. Multiple pieces have been deleted and replaced with other pieces. Together with Cod. Sang. 1757, this codex presents the oldest systematic St. Gall records of sequences on a musical staff. Several pages have book decorations in the form of initials (several exquisite filled initials, some with gold leaf) and borders. Heavy decorative fittings with animal heads and mythical creatures. Until 1930, the manuscript was kept in the choir library (first of the St. Gall monastery, later of the St. Gall cathedral). (sno)

Online Since: 10/07/2013

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St. Gallen, Stiftsbibliothek, Cod. Sang. 1767
Parchment · IV + 556 pp. · 55.5–56 x 39.5–40 cm · around 1500/1520
Graduale de tempore

Graduale de tempore, commissioned by Prince-Abbot Franz Gaisberg (1504–1529, coat of arms p. 1) and illuminated by the book illustrator Nikolaus Bertschi from Augsburg (initials, miniatures and borders with vine scrolls and animals). The banderole on p. 55, which ends with etc. 156, may give a (false) indication regarding the dating (1506 or 1516?). The chants for the Mass are written in German plainsong notation (“Hufnagelnotation”) on a five line staff. This codex is the largest of the St. Gall Abbey library’s manuscripts. Originally it was even larger; for re-binding, the pages were severely trimmed, as can be discerned from the folded lower margin on p. 1 or from the trimmed border on p. 444. Binding with heavy fittings on a red velvet background. (sno)

Online Since: 06/22/2017

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St. Gallen, Stiftsbibliothek, Cod. Sang. 1859
Paper · 614 pp. · 14 x 10.5 cm · Strasbourg (Dominican cloister St. Agnes or St. Margaretha; later in the Dominican cloister St. Katharinen in Wil SG) · end of the 15th century
Composite manuscript with German-language spiritual and ascetic texts from the Strasbourg Dominican cloister (St. Agnes oder St. Margaretha)

Beginning with a Dominican calendar from Strasbourg, this volume contains, among others, several texts by the Italian theologian and philosopher Bonaventura (1221-1274), the Regula monachorum ad Eustochium by the church father Jerome, excerpts from the ascetic-mystical treatise Stimulus amoris, the instructions for a monastic life by the Franciscan Heinrich Vigilis of Weissenburg, and David of Augsburg’s work De compositione exterioris et interioris hominis, all in German. The volume, declared the Franciscan "Encheiridion asceticum" by Kurt Ruh, probably came to the Dominican cloister Wil in 1590 along with other Strasbourg manuscripts (Codd. Sang. 1904, 1915 and perhaps 1866). (smu)

Online Since: 10/07/2013

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St. Gallen, Stiftsbibliothek, Cod. Sang. 1869
Paper · 532 pp. · 15 x 10.5 cm · Dominican cloister St. Gall (Angela Varnbühler) · around 1487
Sermons and spiritual instructions for the sisters of the Dominican cloister St. Katharinen in St. Gall

Composite manuscript with sermons and spiritual instructions, written around 1487 in the Dominican cloister St. Katharinen in St. Gall by the prioress Angela Varnbüeler. Among others, the volume contains a detailed sermon about Saint Clare of Assisi, into which is incorporated her vita; an open letter from a father to his spiritual children, attributed to a Franciscan monk; a sermon about suffering, death and the sacraments (an interpretation of John 16,21); and a meditation Von der Maß des gaistlichen Crutz, falsely attributed to Anselm of Canterbury. (smu)

Online Since: 10/07/2013

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St. Gallen, Stiftsbibliothek, Cod. Sang. 1878
Paper · 2 + 482 + 2 pp. · 19,5/20 x 13,5 cm · St. Katharinental near Diessenhofen (?) · around 1400
"Engelberger Predigten" (Engelberg Homilies, earlier also known as "Engelberger Prediger")

A copy of the so-called Engelberger Predigten. Homilies in German for a variety of occasions during the church year, written in about 1400 in a Dominican cloister, possibly at St. Katharinental near Diessenhofen, where the manuscript was held for several centuries. (smu)

Online Since: 06/22/2010

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St. Gallen, Stiftsbibliothek, Cod. Sang. 1916
Paper · II + 760 pp. · 21.5/22 x 14.5 cm · St. Gall, Dominican Convent of St. Katharina · 1483
Johannes Meyer, Buch der Reformatio Prediger Ordens (Book of the reform of the Dominican order)

An important copy, in terms of textual history, of the Reformatio Prediger Ordens by the Dominican Johannes Meyer (1422-1482) of Basel. This copy originated in the Dominican cloister of St. Katharina in St. Gall, written in 1483 by Sister Elisabeth Muntprat (1459-1531). This work, which was copied from a model belonging to the cloister of St. Katherine in Nurnberg, is a valuable source for the history of the Dominican order in the German speaking world. (smu)

Online Since: 12/19/2011

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St. Gallen, Stiftsbibliothek, Cod. Sang. 1919
Paper · 632 pp. · 21 x 14 cm · St. Gall, Dominican Convent of St. Katharina · second half of the 15th century (before 1498)
German sermons („Engelberger Predigten“, Johannes Tauler); religious education; religious writings

A collection of religious writings from the Dominican cloister of St. Katherina in St. Gall, written in the second half of the 15th century by the hand of an experienced woman scribe. The volume transmits a great number of sermon texts in versions important to textual history. It contains, among other things, seven so-called Engelberger Predigten, the oldest copy of Version B of the work De Nabuchodonosor by Marquard of Lindau († 1392), ten sermons by Johannes Tauler († 1361), an account of the life, works, and miracles of St. Dominic taken from the work Der Heiligen Leben, a tract attributed to Meister Eckhart: Vom klösterlichen Leben, and religious epigrams. (smu)

Online Since: 12/19/2011

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St. Gallen, Stiftsbibliothek, Cod. Sang. 1920
Paper · 180 pp. · 21 x 14.5 cm · St. Katharinen Convent of Dominican nuns in St. Gall (?) · 14th / 1st half of the 15th century
German Psalter

German Psalter, complete except for one missing leaf at the end: Psalms (pp. 1-164), canticles (pp. 164-178). With few figured initials (dog p. 1, fish p. 141, p. 153 and p. 157). The volume is from the St. Katharinen Convent of Dominican nuns in St. Gall; whether it was written there cannot be determined for certain. Since 1930 it has been in the Abbey Library as a deposit of the episcopal library of St. Gall. (sno)

Online Since: 10/08/2015

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St. Gallen, Stiftsbibliothek, Cod. Sang. 2106
Parchment · 4 ff. · 21-22 x 23 / 28-28.5 x 22.5-24 cm · Switzerland · probably not after the middle of the 9th century
Fragment from a passionary: Vita sancti Galli vetustissima, Laudatio Lucae evangelistae, Passio Simonis et Iudae apostolorum

These two parchment double leaves were found in 1895 by state archivist Paul Schweizer in book bindings in the State Archives of Zurich; they were held there under the shelfmark C VI 1 II 8a until 2006. As conclusion to the long-term dispute about cultural assets between St. Gall and Zurich, the Canton of Zurich donated these fragments to the Abbey Library of St. Gall on 27 April 2006. The leaves are from a passionary; they contain eleven partially fragmentary chapters of the oldest version of the life of St. Gall (Vita sancti Galli vetustissima) as well as the beginnings of the Passions of the evangelist Luke and the apostles Simon and Judas. The latter text (for October 28th) has the number 80, suggesting that the passionary once comprised more than 90 texts. (sno)

Online Since: 09/23/2014

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St. Gallen, Stiftsbibliothek, Cod. Sang. 2107
Parchment · 111 ff. · 15.2 × 10.5 cm · Switzerland/Southern Germany, perhaps written for a St. Gall monk · 1475/1500
Latin Book of Hours (property of a St. Gall monk?)

Late medieval prayer book. The first part contains an incomplete Office of the Virgin (fol. 1r-45v) with variants for Advent and for the time period between Christmas and Candlemas (fol. 46r-51v), Absolutions, Benedictions, Orations and other short prayers (fol. 51v-68r). The Office of the Dead (fol. 69r-98v), including Vespers, Vigil, and prayers for the anniversaries of the deaths of priests, abbots and other deceased persons, is followed by prayers of indulgence (fol. 99r-111v). The beginning of the Office of the Virgin as well as possibly a calendar preceding it have been lost. The fact that the patron saints of St. Gall, St. Gall and St. Othmar (fol. 56r-56v; fol. 58r-58v), are the only saints mentioned other than Mary and St. Benedict suggests a provenience from the Monastery of St. Gall. The manuscript is written in Gothic script; it is decorated with numerous initials executed in gold leaf and with colorful vine scrolls in the margins of individual pages. The beginning of the Office of the Dead (fol. 69r) is adorned with a small miniature of a catafalque bordered by two Benedictine monks, one of which is holding a prayer book in his hands. The cut leather binding with the monogram S, created by a master whose name is unknown, is particularly noteworthy. The covers show the two Princes of the Apostles, Peter (front cover, with book and key) and Paul (back cover, with book and sword), surrounded by rich vine scroll ornamentation. The Abbey Library of St. Gall was able to acquire this manuscript in June 2006 at a Christie’s auction in New York from the collection of the American brewer Cornelius J. Hauck (1893−1967) from Cincinnati (Ex Libris on the inside front cover). (smu)

Online Since: 09/23/2014

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