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Sion/Sitten, Archives du Chapitre/Kapitelsarchiv 5
Fribourg/Freiburg, Archives de l'Etat de Fribourg/Staatsarchiv Freiburg 13
Sion/Sitten, Archives de l'Etat du Valais/Staatsarchiv Wallis 1
Bern, Burgerbibliothek 31
Porrentruy, Bibliothèque cantonale jurassienne 19
Fribourg/Freiburg, Bibliothèque cantonale et universitaire/Kantons- und Universitätsbibliothek 16
Lausanne, Bibliothèque cantonale et universitaire de Lausanne 4
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: 118, displayed: 21 – 40

Cologny, Fondation Martin Bodmer, Cod. Bodmer 31

Parchment · 30 ff. · 20.7 x 14.5 cm · Southern Germany or Switzerland · 12th century

Canticum canticorum cum glossa ordinaria

This manuscript contains the Song of Songs with a lacuna (6.5-8) due to the loss of a sheet. The Glossa ordinaria is written on the first sheet (1r-1v); it contains a heretofore unknown commentary. Placed alongside this is the first part of the Song of Songs (f. 2r-29r. until Ct 6.8), which in the beginning (f. 2r-v) is surrounded by another unknown commentary. The last sheets (f. 29v-30) contain excerpts from the prologue to the interpretation of the Song of Songs by Rupert of Deutz. The beginning of the Song of Songs is adorned with an initial depicting Solomon and the Shulamite. (ber)

Online since: 04/09/2014

Cologny, Fondation Martin Bodmer, Cod. Bodmer 39

Parchment · 95 ff. · 26.5 x 17.2 cm · Italy · 1467

Giovanni Boccaccio, Elegia di madonna Fiammetta

The Elegia di madonna Fiammetta, dedicated to "women in love", describes in the first person the feelings of the young Neapolitan Fiammetta, who has been left by her beloved Panfilo. The Elegia, a prose work written by Boccaccio in his youth, praised for the subtlety of its psychological approach, mixes autobiographical elements and obvious references to Latin literature. It is preserved here in a manuscript copied in 1467 by Giovanni Cardello da Imola, whose regular calligraphy is set off by decorations in bianchi girari (white vine-stem). (mes)

Online since: 12/21/2009

Cologny, Fondation Martin Bodmer, Cod. Bodmer 40

Parchment · II + 122 + II ff. · 17.6 × 12.4 cm · France · end of the 13th century

Jean Bodel, Chanson de Saisnes

Jean Bodel, who was a member of the Brotherhood of Buskers and a bourgeois (middle-class resident) of Arras, wrote his Chanson des Saisnes (Song of the Saxons) during the last third of the 12th century. This epic in Alexandrine verse tells of the war prosecuted by Charlemagne against the Saxon King Guiteclin. The Chanson exists today in three manuscripts (a fourth was completely destroyed in the fire at the library of Turin) which present different versions of the text. The long version held by the Fondation Martin Bodmer is in a small-format manuscrit de jongleur or performer's script. It was probably produced around the end of the 13th century and is a simple piece of work, without miniatures, written on parchment, much of which was poorly cut, and it is roughly sewn together. (mes)

Online since: 12/21/2009

Cologny, Fondation Martin Bodmer, Cod. Bodmer 42

Paper · 106 ff. · 21.5 x 29 cm · Hagenau · ca. 1455-1460

Ulrich Boner, Der Edelstein

The Edelstein contained in this manuscript consists of 100 fables, composed around 1330 by the Bernese Dominican Ulrich Boner; the fables were taken from various Latin sources and were translated by Boner into Swiss Dialect. The script and the typical characteristics of the layout with spaces for never-executed illustrations indicate a work from the late phase (approximately about 1455-1460) of Diebold Lauber’s workshop in Hagenau in Alsace, a work that had been prepared to be completed at the request of a buyer. (ber)

Online since: 12/13/2013

Cologny, Fondation Martin Bodmer, Cod. Bodmer 43

Parchment · III + 208 + III pp. · 27.0 x 19.0 cm · England · end of the 15th century

"Chronicle of London" and paraphrase of the Metrical Chronicle of Robert of Gloucester

This parchment manuscript from the end of the 15th century contains the "Chronicle of London" as well as a version of the paraphrase text of the "Chronicle of Reims" by Robert of Gloucester found only in this manuscript, CB 43. The dialect used in the text indicates that the manuscript was written by a scribe from the southern Midlands.

Online since: 03/25/2009

Cologny, Fondation Martin Bodmer, Cod. Bodmer 44

Parchment · 132 ff. · 33.6 x 23.0 cm · Italy, probably Naples · about 1480

Caesar, Commentarii

This copy of Cesar's "Commentarii" from about 1480 attests to the great popularity this text attained during the early Renaissance (there are more than 240 surviving manuscripts of the "Commentarii" from the 15th century). This manuscript was produced in the atelier of the illuminator Cola Rapicano in Naples. The "bianchi girari" (white vine) book decoration and the illuminated initial capitals which mark the beginning of each book are of a type often found in codices containing humanistic works. The illuminated initial capital on fol. 1r, on the other hand, portrays the Roman ruler in an unusual way, as an armored horseman.

Online since: 03/25/2009

Cologny, Fondation Martin Bodmer, Cod. Bodmer 45

Parchment · 301 ff. · 23 x 33 cm · Spain · about 1470

Cancioneiro de Pedro Fernandez de Velasco. Diversas Virtudes y vicios y Yinnos

A collection of Spanish poems, addressed to Don Alvar Garcia de Santa Maria, advisor to King John II of Castille. The collection includes all the Proverbios of Inigo Lopez de Mendoza, Marquis of Santillana, and poetry by Juan de Mena, Diego del Castilla, Fernando de Escobar, Gomes Manrique, Juan Angras, Juan De Dueñas, Juan Rodrigues de la Camera, and others. The manuscript was commissioned by Pedro Fernandez de Velasco, first Count of Haro, one of the most powerful personalities of the 15th century, well known as a statesman, independant scholar, poet, and bibliophile. (bib)

Online since: 03/22/2012

Cologny, Fondation Martin Bodmer, Cod. Bodmer 47

Parchment · I + 61 ff. · 21.2 x 13.4 cm · Italy · end of the 15th century

Catullus, Carmina

The Carmina by Catullus contained in this codex was written in a humanistic cursive, attributed to the calligrapher Ludovico Regio di Imola. The frontispiece in grisaille with gold highlights is framed by motifs in the manner of antiquity with trophies, sphinxes and mascarons, while the title in gold letters stands out from the crimson background. At the bottom of the page, the coat of arms on a disc held by two putti is overlaid in the same crimson color. (ber)

Online since: 12/13/2013

Cologny, Fondation Martin Bodmer, Cod. Bodmer 48

Paper · II + 247 + VI ff. · 28.7 x 19.5 cm · England · third quarter of the 15th century

Chaucer, Canterbury Tales (to l. 1061)

The "Canterbury Tales" by Geoffrey Chaucer, the "Father of English Poetry", have been preserved in 82 medieval manuscripts and four incunabula editions. The copy in CB 48 was made in the 15th century by a single scribe. The manuscript is still in its original binding of suede deerskin stretched over wooden covers.

Online since: 12/09/2008

Cologny, Fondation Martin Bodmer, Cod. Bodmer 49

Parchment · 150 ff. · 28.0 x 20.0 cm · France · about 1460

Christine of Pisan, Epitre d'Othea

This manuscript, commissioned by the bibliophile Antoine of Bourgogne in 1460, contains the "Epître d’Othea" by Christine de Pisan, decorated with about a hundred masterful miniatures (a complete pictorial cycle). One of these contains the dedication of the work and shows four figures, identifiable as Philip the Good, Charles the Brave, and two of Philip's illegitimate sons, David and Anthony of Burgundy.

Online since: 07/25/2006

Cologny, Fondation Martin Bodmer, Cod. Bodmer 50

Parchment · 146 ff. · 16.5 x 11.5 cm · Italy · second half of the 15th century

Cicero, De senectute, De amicitia, Paradoxa ad Brutum; Ps. Cicero, Synonyma

This codex contains De senectute, De amicitia, the Paradoxa ad Brutum by Cicero, the Synonyma by Pseudo-Cicero, and the anonymous treatise De punctorum ordine. It was created in Italy in a humanistic script from the second half of the 15th century. The frontispiece and the intials introducing the various texts are decorated with „bianchi girari;“ on f. 1r the coat of arms with the golden lion rampant on a red background, framed by a laurel wreath, could not be identified. (ber)

Online since: 12/13/2013

Cologny, Fondation Martin Bodmer, Cod. Bodmer 51

Parchment · I + 179 + I ff. · 27.7 x 18.5 cm · Italy · 15th century

Cicero, Orationes

This manuscript contains Cicero’s speeches, which were copied out in a humanistic script of the 15th century. The book decoration consists of initials with „bianchi girari“ (white vine-stem) on colored background which introduce the various texts, and a frontispiece, the decoration of which extends across the entire page f. 1r. At the center of the bottom margin, surrounded by a laurel wreath, the coat of arms of the Medici family of Florence stands out, covering an even older coat of arms. The manuscript belonged to Cardinal Giovanni Salviati (1490-1553) from Florence and then to the Venetian monk and later manuscript dealer Luigi Celotti (1768-1848). (ber)

Online since: 12/13/2013

Cologny, Fondation Martin Bodmer, Cod. Bodmer 52

Parchment · II + 166 ff. · 19.9 x 14.7 cm · probably France · beginning of the 12th century

Cicero, De Inventione

While Cicero is regarded today mainly as a philosopher and politician, he was regarded during the middle ages mainly as a teacher of public rhetoric. This is demonstrated by CB 52, most likely of French origin, which consists of copies of "De inventione" and a work long attributed to Cicero, "Rhetorica ad Herennium". The manuscript dates from the beginning of the 12th century.

Online since: 03/25/2009

Cologny, Fondation Martin Bodmer, Cod. Bodmer 53

Parchment · 168 ff. · 40 x 29 cm · Burgundy · ca. 1470-1475

Quintus Curtius, The Life and Deeds of Alexander the Great

This French translation of the story of Alexander, destined to belong to Charles the Bold, was commissioned by Vasco da Lucena, "the Portugese", a retainer of the Infanta Isabella, who was married to Philip the Good. This revival of the work by Quintus Curtius Rufus, which is augmented by texts from Plutarch, Valerius Maximus, Aulus Gellius and Justin, allows the author to liberate the Macedonian conqueror from legends perpetuated by the medieval tradition. The Miroir des princes portrays a model of a hero shaped within the framework of the humanistic movement initiated by the dukes of Burgundy in the late middle ages. CB 53 was copied in Burgundy and may be fairly accurately dated only a few years after the translation was made; it was decorated with miniatures in the artistic circle of the Master of Marguerite of York (ca. 1470-1475). (mes)

Online since: 12/21/2009

Cologny, Fondation Martin Bodmer, Cod. Bodmer 55

Paper · I + 163 + I ff. · 28.0 x 20.5 cm · Italy · first half of the 14th century

Dante, Inferno e Purgatorio (Codex Guarneri)

The "Codex Guarneri" was written on paper fewer than twenty years after the death of Dante. The poetic form used in the textual layout, the tercet or "terza rima", which was introduced by Dante, is enhanced by the graphic design: the first letter in the first line of each three-line stanza is highlighted in red ink. The manuscript contains Latin glosses.

Online since: 03/25/2009

Cologny, Fondation Martin Bodmer, Cod. Bodmer 56

Paper · 218 ff. · 32.3 x 22.0 cm · end of the 14th century

Dante, Divine Comedy (Codice Ricasoli Firidolfi)

The "Codex Ricasoli Firidolfi", written on paper at the end of the 14th century, provides important evidence of the dissemination of Dante Alighieri's "Commedia". The initial of the opening verse of the "Inferno" shows the famous profile of the author, surrounded by flowers.

Online since: 12/20/2007

Cologny, Fondation Martin Bodmer, Cod. Bodmer 57

Parchment · 82 ff. · 33.4 x 22.3 cm · Italy · 1378

Dante, Commedia, etc. Codex Severoli

Copied in 1378 by Francesco di maestro Tura of Cesena, who included both a date and a signature at the end of the volume, the Codex Severoli opens each of the three sections of the Commedia with an historiated initial. A number of interlinear glosses explicate the verses of the Paradiso. (mes)

Online since: 12/21/2009

Cologny, Fondation Martin Bodmer, Cod. Bodmer 58

Parchment · I+264 ff. · 36.4 x 23.5 cm · Italy (Naples?) · 14th century

Dioscorides, De simplici medicina (Dioscorides alphabeticus); Rogerius de Barone, Practica (Rogerina maior); Practica parva (Rogerina minor); Galterius Agilus, Summa medicinalis, De febribus, De dosi medicinarum; Ps. Galenus, De dynamidiis

This manuscript from the 15th century unites four disquisitions on medicine. The rounded Gothic script is the product of several different hands and the principal incipits are set off with Gothic capitals elaborately decorated with penwork filigree. At the end of the manuscript is an assortment of formulas for medical preparations. (jos)

Online since: 06/02/2010

Cologny, Fondation Martin Bodmer, Cod. Bodmer 59

Paper · 194 + I ff. · 20.2 x 14.7 cm · Constance and Ravensburg · end of the 15th century

Meister Eckhart

Manuscript CB 59 brings together in one contemporaneous binding three manuscripts that were produced independently of one another. All three show the influence of Alemannic dialect and all three were produced at the end of the 15th entury. They offer a selection of sermons in written form, originally composed by Meister Eckhart or others in the circle of the Rheinish Master of mysticism. The first part could have been completed in an atelier in Constance or Ravensburg, it belonged to the Carthusian House of Buxheim. Threads, meant to serve as bookmarks, may be found sewn into the paper leaves. (mes)

Online since: 12/21/2009

Cologny, Fondation Martin Bodmer, Cod. Bodmer 61

Parchment · I + 108 Bll. + I ff. · 24.5 x 16.5 cm · Netherlands · about 1400-1405

Eike von Repgow: Sachsenspiegel

The "Sachenspiegel" by Eike von Repgow is one of the oldest books of law in the German language. This parchment manuscript, CB 61, was produced at the beginning of the 15th century and contains codes of common and feudal law.

Online since: 07/31/2007
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