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Location: St. Gallen
Library / Collection: Stiftsbibliothek
Shelfmark: Cod. Sang. 985
Manuscript title: “Spiegelbuch” (Book of the Mirror) and other instructive tracts in German translation
Caption: Paper · 507 pp. · 27.8 x 20.2 cm · most likely Freiburg i. Br. · 1467
Language: Latin, German
Manuscript summary: This manuscript from 1467, which first belonged to the Claretian cloister at Freiburg in Breisgau and was transported to the Abbey of St. Gall in 1699, contains, in addition to some Latin texts, many tracts for spiritual instruction in German translation. These include an Ars moriendi, the Cordiale de quattuor novissimis by Gerard van Vliederhoven, the so-called Hieronymus-Briefe(Letters of Jerome) translated by John of Neumark (ca. 1315-1356), the Spiegelbuch, a dialogical text in rhymed verses on living life properly, the trials of worldly life and everyday tribulations, with about twenty colored pen sketches, and a version of the legend of the Three Kings by John of Hildesheim (1310/1320-1375). The manuscript also contains some additional pen sketches: a unicorn (p. 87), images representing two Apostles (p. 107; Paul and John?), a man and a woman in secular dress, and a stag and a wild boar (p. 513). There are transferred traces of text in Carolingian minuscule on front and rear inside covers (rear inside cover: Hrabanus Maurus, De computo). (sno)
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DOI (Digital Object Identifier): 10.5076/e-codices-csg-0985
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