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Sion/Sitten, Archives du Chapitre/Kapitelsarchiv 5
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Sion/Sitten, Archives de l'Etat du Valais/Staatsarchiv Wallis 1
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Genève, Bibliothèque de Genève 48
Engelberg, Stiftsbibliothek 56
Sarnen, Benediktinerkollegium 10
Neuchâtel, Bibliothèque publique et universitaire de Neuchâtel 7
Trogen, Kantonsbibliothek Appenzell Ausserrhoden 12
St. Gallen, Stiftsbibliothek 537
Dalpe, Archivio parrocchiale 1
Solothurn, Domschatz der St.-Ursen-Kathedrale 3
Schlatt, Eisenbibliothek 1
Fribourg/Freiburg, Couvent des Cordeliers/Franziskanerkloster 13
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 4
Einsiedeln, Stiftsbibliothek 68
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: 537, displayed: 421 – 440

St. Gallen, Stiftsbibliothek, Cod. Sang. 711

Parchment · 240 pp. · 29 x 20.5 cm · Engelberg · second half of the 12th century

Abbreviatio Decreti "Quoniam egestas"

This manuscript from the 2nd half of the 12th century preserves the Abbreviatio Decreti "Quoniam egestas", an abridged version of the Decretum Gratiani, complete with glosses. The text represents the oldest datable record of the study of the Decretum Gratiani in France. The script and book decoration indicate that the manuscript was probably produced in Engelberg during the time of Frowin. Since 1461, it has been at the monastery of St. Gall. (len)

Online since: 12/20/2012

St. Gallen, Stiftsbibliothek, Cod. Sang. 715

Parchment · I–II+1–195 pp. · 30.5 x 20 cm · France · ca. 1193-1200 (gosses surely earlier than 1215)

Compilatio prima cum glossis et glossa ordinaria

This ecclesiastical law manuscript contains a collection of papal decretals generally known as the Breviarium extravagantium or Compilatio prima, compiled by Bernhard of Pavia, the first decretalist, in about 1189-1190. In addition to older glosses of unspecified origin, on some pages next to the two columns of the Textus inclusus there are extracts taken from the first review of a set of glosses by Tankred of Bologna, which he issued in about 1210-1215. The text, the initials, and the glosses date from the end of the 12th century or possibly the beginning of the 13th century in France. (len)

Online since: 12/19/2011

St. Gallen, Stiftsbibliothek, Cod. Sang. 722

Parchment · V + 268 + II pp. · 25.5 x 16 cm · Italy; Chur Raetia (Retia curiensis) · beginning of the 6th century and about 800-820 and second Half of the 8th century

Tractatus super Psalmos / Nehemias (Fragment) / Constitutiones Iustiniani imperatoris / Lex Romana Curiensis / Capitula Remedii

An important legal manuscript from Raetia: the "Lex Romana Curiensis" with the "Capitula" of Bishop Remedius of Chur which are only preserved here, dating from around 800. (smu)

Online since: 12/31/2005

St. Gallen, Stiftsbibliothek, Cod. Sang. 727

Parchment · 128 ff. · 31.0 x 21.0 cm · Reims · third quarter of the 9th century

Capitular document collection of Abbot Ansegis of Fontenelle; forged Capitularies of a certain Benedict Levita

Impressive law manuscript from the Carolingian period, produced in the third quarter of the 9th century, presumably in Reims. It contains the Capitular document collection of Abbot Ansegis of Fontenelle († 833) as well as the forged Capitularies of a certain Benedict Levita. The manuscript was loaned to Etienne Baluze in Paris in 1673/74. (smu)

Online since: 12/09/2008

St. Gallen, Stiftsbibliothek, Cod. Sang. 728

Parchment · 220 pp. · 25.5 x 16 cm · middle of the 9th century

Composite manuscript (collection of capitularies of Ansegis, Lex Salica, Lex Ribuaria)

The earliest manuscript catalogue of the monastery of St. Gall from the middle of the 9th century, followed by a collection of important law texts (capitularies of Ansegis, Lex Salica, Lex Ribuaria). (smu)

Online since: 12/31/2005

St. Gallen, Stiftsbibliothek, Cod. Sang. 729

Parchment · 203 ff. · 23.0-23.5 x 15.5 cm · France (possibly near the court) · first quarter of the 9th century

Carolingian collection of statutes: Lex Romana Visigothorum, Lex Salica, Lex Alamannorum

Carolingian collection of statutes produced in western France in Latin in the first quarter of the 9th century, includes the Lex Romana Visigothorum (collection of Roman laws enacted by the west Gothic King Alarich II.), the Lex Salica (book of Germanic law of Chlodwig, founder of the Frankish kingdom), and the Lex Alamannorum (foundation law of the Alamanni from the beginning of the 8th century). This item reached the monastery of St. Gall early on, was later removed, and was recorded as being in the possession of the scholar Aegidius (Giles) Tschudi (1505-1572) during the 16th century. It was sold by his heirs in 1768 to the Abbey Library of St. Gall. (smu)

Online since: 12/09/2008

St. Gallen, Stiftsbibliothek, Cod. Sang. 730

Parchment · 88 pp. · 20.5 x 14 cm · Bobbio(?) · 670/680

Edictus Rothari (Veterum Fragmentorum Tomus III)

The incompletely preserved "Edictus Rothari" is the oldest extant copy of the early medieval law of the Lombards as decreed by King Rothari (636-652) in 643. This earliest known copy, dating from 670/680 and originating in Bobbio (?) has been preserved only as fragments divided between the Abbey Library of St. Gall, the Badische Landesbibliothek Karlsruhe, the Zentralbibliothek in Zurich and the Zurich cantonal archives. The largest portion of the fragments, which were bound together in the present volume by Abbey Librarian Ildefons von Arx in 1822, is found at the Abbey Library of St. Gall. In 1972, the fragmental parchment leaves of the Edictus Rothari owned by the Abbey Library of St. Gall were rebound into a new volume, in a fashion that does not exactly follow conservational guidelines, together with black and white photos of the fragments that are in Karlsruhe and Zurich. The photos were then removed from this Cod. Sang. 730a (old) by restorer Martin Strebel in 2008. At the same time, this manuscript, which is significant to the history of law, was rebound using the latest book restoration techniques, thanks to the Friends of the Abbey Library of St. Gall, which covered the costs of the work. (smu)

Online since: 07/31/2009

St. Gallen, Stiftsbibliothek, Cod. Sang. 730 (alt)

Parchment · 88 pp. · 20.5 x 14 cm · Bobbio(?) · 670/680

Edictus Rothari (Veterum Fragmentorum Tomus III)

The incompletely preserved "Edictus Rothari" is the oldest extant copy of the early medieval law of the Lombards as decreed by King Rothari (636-652) in 643. This earliest known copy, dating from 670/680 and originating in Bobbio (?) has been preserved only as fragments divided between the Abbey Library of St. Gall, the Badische Landesbibliothek Karlsruhe, the Zentralbibliothek in Zurich and the Zurich cantonal archives. The largest portion of the fragments, which were bound together in the present volume by Abbey Librarian Ildefons von Arx in 1822, is found at the Abbey Library of St. Gall. This version of the Edictus Rothari manuscript, which existed between 1972 and 2008, also contains photos of all the Edictus Rothari fragments held in Karlsruhe and and Zurich, inserted in the appropriate locations among the fragmental leaves of the St. Gall volume, in a way intented to virtually reproduce the original complete 7th century manuscript. When the original manuscript was unbound, after the middle of the 15th century at the latest, important leaves and textual fragments were removed. The restored version may be found via the following link: Cod. Sang. 730 [Restored version] (smu)

Online since: 12/12/2006

St. Gallen, Stiftsbibliothek, Cod. Sang. 731

Parchment · 342 pp. · 22.5 x 13 cm · Lyon · 794

Lex Romana Visigothorum, Lex Salica, Lex Alamannorum

The so-called Wandalgarius manuscript containing the "Lex Romana Visigothorum", the "Lex Salica" and the "Lex Alamannorum". An important legal manuscript, written and decorated with numerous colored initials and a miniature of a crowned lawgiver in the year 793 by the cleric Wandalgarius in Lyon. It contains the laws of the Visigoths (Lex Romana Visigothorum), the Salian Franks (Lex Salica) and the Alemanni (Lex Alamannorum). It is the oldest precisely dated manuscript in the Abbey Library of St. Gall. (smu)

Online since: 12/12/2006

St. Gallen, Stiftsbibliothek, Cod. Sang. 732

Parchment · 194 pp. · 19 x 14 cm · Bavaria (?) · first quarter of the 9th century

Manuscript compilation: Lex Alamannorum; early accounts of pilgrimages to Jerusalem; treatise on the Assumption of Mary; a table of the Frankish peoples, explications of the Profession of Faith; Annales Sancti Galli breves etc.

Manuscript compilation from the first quarter of the 9th century, possibly written in Bavaria. The codex contains, among other items, a copy of the Lex Alamannorum (foundation law of the Alamanni), a historically important collection of early accounts of pilgrimages to Jerusalem, including the Itinerarium Burdigalense, which describes a pilgrimage from Bordeaux to Rome in the years 333/34, a treatise on the Assumption of Mary, a table of the Frankish peoples, explications of the Profession of Faith, and the so-called Annales Sancti Galli breves (Brief History of St. Gallen) covering the years 703 through 869. (smu)

Online since: 12/09/2008

St. Gallen, Stiftsbibliothek, Cod. Sang. 733

Parchment · 46 ff. · 18.0-18.5 x 11.0-11.5 cm · Southwest Germany · first quarter of the 9th century

Capitular document collection from the time of Charlemagne

Small format manuscript for regular use with a Capitular document collection from the time of Charlemagne. It contains numerous regulations enacted by Charlemagne between 779 and 789, in good, excellent, and sometimes unique surviving versions. It contains, among other items, the Capitularies of Herstal from 779 and the famous Admonitio generalis of Charlemagne from 789. Excellently conserved original Carolingian binding. (smu)

Online since: 12/09/2008

St. Gallen, Stiftsbibliothek, Cod. Sang. 742

Parchment · 594 pp. · 45-45.5 x 28-29 cm · Italy and France (illumination) · second half of the 13th and second half of the 14th century

Large-format copy of the Decrees issued in 1234 by Pope Gregory IX

A representative copy of the decretals of Pope Gregory IX (Pope 1227-1241) in a Gothic-rotunda script from Italy. The text of the decretals is surrounded on each page by the so-called Glossa Ordinaria, a juridical commentary by the canon law specialist Bernardus de Botone of Parma († 1266), which has been written to encircle the main text. The commentary in turn has been extensively edited and glossed at a later time. Each of the five parts is decorated with a scene portraying its content. (smu)

Online since: 03/31/2011

St. Gallen, Stiftsbibliothek, Cod. Sang. 751

Parchment · 500 pp. · 27.5-28 x 18-18.5 cm · most likely northern Italy · second half of the 9th century

A compendium of 39 medical texts

A compendium of 39 medical texts by known and unknown authors, produced in the second half of the 9th century, most likely in northern Italy, already obtained at an early date by the Abbey Library of St. Gall. This codex includes—sometimes in unique exemplars—an alphabetically ordered Greek-Latin herbal glossary, the treatise "De re medica" by one Pseudo-Plinius (Physica Plinii), and a longer medical tract entitled "Liber Esculapii". (smu)

Online since: 12/23/2008

St. Gallen, Stiftsbibliothek, Cod. Sang. 752

Parchment · 326 pp. · 25 x 19 cm · St. Gall · about 900

Manuscript compilation: Pliny the Younger's chapter on medicine; Gargilius Matialis, the Medicinae ex oleribus et pomis by Gargilius Martialis; treatise Oxea et chronia passiones Yppocratis, Gallieni et Urani; etc.

Collection of medical manuscripts from the monastery of St. Gall, written in about 900, with five longer and several shorter medical-pharmaceutical treatises, representing in some cases the best, or even the only surviving copies worldwide. Among these may be found, for example, Pliny the Younger's chapter on medicine, the Medicinae ex oleribus et pomis (Medicines from vegetables and fruits) by the Roman agrarian and medical author Gargilius Martialis (3rd century), and the treatise Oxea et chronia passiones Yppocratis, Gallieni et Urani, which is found in very few manuscript copies. This manuscript also includes (on page 82) a magic sphere for predicting life and death. (smu)

Online since: 12/09/2008

St. Gallen, Stiftsbibliothek, Cod. Sang. 754

Paper · 171 pp. · 21.5 x 15.5 cm · Glarus · 1466

Collection of German medical texts

Collection of German medical texts. The beginning is missing, then the Ordnung der Gesundheit for Rudolf von Hohenberg (pp. 3-60); various recipes for medicine, magic and food (pp. 63-101), among them a treatise on vultures and verbena from the Bartholomäus (pp. 64-69); „Verworfene Tage“ (pp. 69-71); a recipe for vinegar (pp. 73-76); an excerpt from the Buch der Natur by Conrad of Megenberg (pp. 82-85); recipes making use of „Schwalbenstein“ (pp. 89-90); prognostics for the new year and for thunder (pp. 90-94); recipes for wine (pp. 95-101). Herbal book with excerpts from the Macer Floridus by Odo von Meung (pp. 101-146); medical recipes (pp. 146-147); applications for medicines according to the Macer Floridus (pp. 147-161); recipe against the ritten (p. 162). At the end on p. 164 there is a colored sketch of Agrimonia (Odermennig). The manuscript, originally from the library of Aegidius Tschudi (no. 117), is related to the 2° Cod. 572 of the Staats- und Stadtbibliothek Augsburg. (dor)

Online since: 09/23/2014

St. Gallen, Stiftsbibliothek, Cod. Sang. 755

Paper · 188 pp. · 22.5 x 16 cm · Eastern Switzerland · second half of the 15th century

Collection of German medical texts

Collection of German medical texts. Recipes for medicines (pp. 1-148) with an index (pp. 149-157), more recipes added later (pp. 158-168), instructions for bloodletting (pp. 169-184), German and Latin incantations (pp. 185-186), excerpts from De pestilentia by Theobaldus Loneti (pp. 187-188). The manuscript is from the library of Aegidius Tschudi (no. 118). (dor)

Online since: 09/23/2014

St. Gallen, Stiftsbibliothek, Cod. Sang. 756

Paper · 264 pp. · 21.5 x 15 cm · Southern Germany/Switzerland · 1st half of the 15th century

Composite manuscript on geomancy, chiromancy, iatromathematics, astronomy, alchemy and medicine

Composite manuscript in Latin and German. The texts, which are presented in no systematic order, can be grouped as follows. Geomancy: Latin treatise with schematic drawings (pp. 1-152, 163-169); other geomantic schemata (185, 236, 263 [incorrectly paginated as 262]). Medicine: recipes, in German (pp. 153-162 and 197-198); examination of the blood after bloodletting and instructions for bloodletting, in German (pp. 193-196, 255-261). Iatromathematics: lunarium, in Latin (pp. 169-172); planets and the attributes of their corresponding hours / of the persons born under their sign, in German, partly in rhymed verse (pp. 173-175, 178-179, 218, 240); tables for determining which planets govern which hours (p. 200, 240); signs of the zodiac, their characteristics and their influence on the people born under them, in Latin (pp. 180-185, 186 [hexameter]) and German (pp. 187-192), directions and tables for calculating the position of the moon in the zodiac (pp. 177-178, 213-214, [215b]-216 [for the years 1406-1480]); diagram of the zodiac (p. 262); drawing of the parts of the fingers correlated with signs of the zodiac, temperaments and elements (p. 264 [incorrectly paginated as 263]); monthly rules, in Latin (p. 215-[215a]). Astronomy: calendar (pp. 201-212); tables for calendar calculations (pp. 237, 241-242, 254); table of lunar eclipses for the years 1422-1462, with drawings of the respective degree of coverage (pp. 238-239 and 243). Prognostication: prognostics for thunder, in German (p.199); prognostics for the new year, in Latin (p. 217). Alchemy: recipes for alchemy, in Latin (pp. 219-220) and in German (pp. 221-228). Treatise on chiromancy, in German, commencing with a colored pen drawing of two hands with the lines of the hands (pp. 244-254). Other items: incantations, in German (p. 156) and in Latin (p.219); four hexameters about the quality of wine, in Latin (p. 264 [incorrectly paginated as 263]). The manuscript, written in various hands, is from the library of Aegidius Tschudi (no. 104). (dor/sno)

Online since: 09/23/2014

St. Gallen, Stiftsbibliothek, Cod. Sang. 759

Parchment · 94 ff. · 21.5 x 16.5 cm · first half of the 9th century

Collection of medical texts

A collection of ten assorted medical tracts, written in the first half of the 9th century in an Insular, likely Celtic, script with continental influences. Among the prescriptions (on page 91) is a blessing with the cross to be used as “Schutzbrief gegen die Versuchungen des Teufels und gegen Fieber” (insurance against temptations by the Devil and against fever). The manuscript also contains, for example, extracts from the “Conspectus ad Eustathium filium” by Oribasius (4th century AD), a physician of late antiquity, the “Epistula de febribus” by the Greek physician Galen († 216 AD), and a “Liber medicinalis” by an unknown author. (smu)

Online since: 12/21/2009

St. Gallen, Stiftsbibliothek, Cod. Sang. 760

Paper · 154 pp. · 21 × 15.5 cm · Southern Germany/Switzerland · around 1450

Iatromathematical housebook from the Southern German/Swiss region

This manuscript, illustrated with numerous colored pen drawings, originated in a secular environment in Southern Germany or in Switzerland around the middle of the 15th century. It describes the signs of the zodiac, the planets, the four temperaments, and the four seasons regarding their influence on human health. This is followed by dietary guidelines primarily regarding bloodletting, but also regarding eating, drinking, sleeping, waking, resting and moving, as well as, in concrete terms, regarding bathing (illustration p. 101) or defecating (illustration p. 120). Most likely an amateur doctor with an interest in astronomy, from the Southern region of Germany, wrote the original text around 1400 and assembled it into a compendium. Later the text was repeatedly supplemented and modified. The last part (from p. 128 on) contains a prose and a poem version of the so-called letter from Pseudo-Aristotle to Alexander the Great, in which the Greek universal scholar advises the king on maintaining good health. (smu)

Online since: 09/23/2014

St. Gallen, Stiftsbibliothek, Cod. Sang. 761

Parchment · 290 pp. · 13.5 x 10 cm · about 800

Collection of medical texts

A collection of medical texts in a small-sized manuscript with selections from works by the ancient Greek physicians and authors Hippocrates (about 460-370 BC), Galen (about 129-about 216) and Oribasius (about 320-400), written in Insular (?) minuscule script in about 800, not at the abbey of St. Gall. (smu)

Online since: 12/21/2009
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