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Sub-project: Fondation Martin Bodmer on e-codices I

January - December 2007

Status: Completed

Financed by: Loterie Romande (http://www.loro.ch)

Description: The process of digitizing the manuscripts of the Fondation Martin Bodmer in Cologny has been underway since 2007. In the same year the digitisation of 40 manuscripts was made possible by the generous financial support of the Loterie Romande.

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Cologny, Fondation Martin Bodmer, Cod. Bodmer 7
Parchment · 59 ff. · 20.8 x 14.2 cm · Italy, Naples · 15th century
Genus Arati

This Latin manuscript on astronomical topics includes works by Germanicus, Pliny the Elder and Hyginus. The codex features numerous pen and ink drawings, including a planisphere (rotatable star chart) consisting of five golden concentric circles containing constellations portrayed as people or animals. These drawings, dating from the 15th century, have been attributed to Antonio di Mario of the Neapolitan region. (fmb)

Online Since: 07/31/2007

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Cologny, Fondation Martin Bodmer, Cod. Bodmer 10
Parchment · 251 ff. · 26.6 x 19.3 cm · France · 13th century
Aristoteles, Opera; Avicenna, De congelatione seu De mineralibus; Nicolaus Damasceus, De plantis; Costa-Ben-Luca, De differentia spiritus et animae; Alexander Aphrodisiensis, Opera

Manuscript CB 10 was probably intended for educational use, it contains works of Aristotle, Avicenna, Nicolaus Damascenus, Qusta Ibn-Luca and Alexander Aphrodisiensis. This manuscript, written on parchment during the 13th century, presumably belonged to a student of the Faculty of Arts in Leipzig, as may be concluded from a list of lectures attended during the year 1439 which is included in the codex. The list contains the names of the professors, titles of the texts covered, lecturers' fees, and starting and ending dates for the lecture periods. (fmb)

Online Since: 12/20/2007

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Cologny, Fondation Martin Bodmer, Cod. Bodmer 14
Parchment · 263 ff. · 43.5 x 27.2 cm · Italy, Bologna (?) · 14th century
Hazo Bononiensis . Hugolinus Bononiensis . Iohannes Bassianus . Placentinus

This Latin parchment manuscript from the 14th century contains a comprehensive commentary by jurists of Bologna on the "Corpus Iuris Civilis" as well as on others, such as the "Codex Justinianus" and the "Digests". (fmb)

Online Since: 07/31/2007

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Cologny, Fondation Martin Bodmer, Cod. Bodmer 21
Parchment · 347 ff. · 28 x 23.5 cm · Spain (?) · 13th century
Tanach/Hebrew Bible

The Hebrew text of the Old Testament in CB 21 originated in Moorish Spain: Al-Andalus. Unlike most similar surviving manuscripts, it does not belong to the Ashkenazic tradition, but is instead an artifact of the Sephardic book culture of the 13th century. The ornamentation is strongly influenced by calligraphic art. (fmb)

Online Since: 07/31/2007

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Cologny, Fondation Martin Bodmer, Cod. Bodmer 30
Parchment · 163 + 16 ff. · 22.7 x 15.7 cm · Southern Germany · around 1200 / 13th / 14th centuries
Calendarium (Prayer calendar), Latin Bible selections: Liber Psalmorum, Cantica with prayers; Hymns, etc.

This codex from southern Germany is composed of two parts bound together in one German binding in 1569. The first part of the manuscript contains about a hundred leaves from the 12th and 13th centuries. It begins with a calendar featuring numerous constellations and full page illustrations. Following are prayers and liturgical songs. The second part consists of thirty leaves containing a series of Latin prayers in carefully wrought late 14th century Gothic script. (fmb)

Online Since: 12/20/2007

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Cologny, Fondation Martin Bodmer, Cod. Bodmer 43
Parchment · III + 208 + III pp. · 27 x 19 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 "Metrical Chronicle" 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. (fmb)

Online Since: 03/25/2009

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Cologny, Fondation Martin Bodmer, Cod. Bodmer 45
Parchment · 301 ff. · 23 x 33 cm · Spain · around 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

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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. (fmb)

Online Since: 12/09/2008

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Cologny, Fondation Martin Bodmer, Cod. Bodmer 56
Paper · 218 ff. · 32.3 x 22 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. (fmb)

Online Since: 12/20/2007

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Cologny, Fondation Martin Bodmer, Cod. Bodmer 61
Parchment · I + 108 + 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. (fmb)

Online Since: 07/31/2007

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Cologny, Fondation Martin Bodmer, Cod. Bodmer 62
Paper · I + 51 + I ff. · 21.1 x 15.1 cm · Southeast Germany · second half of the 14th century
Spiritual Poems · Hartmann von Aue: Gregorius · Frauenlob: Mary's Song (also called Frauenlob's Song of Songs) · Meister Albrant: Horse Medicine (Erlau composite manuscript or "Sammelhandschrift")

This paper manuscript from the second half of the 14th century contains Gregorius by Hartman von Aue, Marienleich by Frauenlob, and the Rossarzneibuch (Horse Medicine) by Meister Albrant. (fmb)

Online Since: 12/20/2007

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Cologny, Fondation Martin Bodmer, Cod. Bodmer 72
Parchment · 333 ff. · 34.5 x 25 cm · Bohemia (northwestern), Upper Franconia, southern Vogtland · first quarter of the 14th century
Collected short Middle High German works in rhyming couplets (the "Kalocsa-Codex"; "Gesamtabenteuer")

The so called "Kalocsa-Kodex" contains more than two hundred texts from the time between the and of the 12th century and the beginning of the 14th centuries. It is a wide-ranging written record of German lyric poetry in the middle ages. In its approximately 330 parchment leaves, it preserves poetry by Walter von der Vogelweide, Konrad von Würzburg, Hartman von Aue, Reinmar von Zweter, and the Stricker as well as texts in the tradition of "Fuchsdictung" (Fox Tales) and a series of anonymous works. CB 72 is closely related to another manuscript written in the same hand, a partial copy of the same material, which is held by the University Library of Heidelberg (Cod. Pal. Germ. 341). (fmb)

Online Since: 12/20/2007

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Cologny, Fondation Martin Bodmer, Cod. Bodmer 74
Parchment · 128 ff. · 31.2 x 19.6 cm · Rome · 1071
Gradual · Tropary · Sequentiary.

This Gradual was produced in 1071 by the archpresbyter of the Church of Santa Cecilia in Trastevere; it contains the musical scores for assorted liturgical songs. These melodies set down in written form make CB 74 the oldest record of Roman song. (fmb)

Online Since: 07/31/2007

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Cologny, Fondation Martin Bodmer, Cod. Bodmer 75
Parchment · 282 ff. · 46.3 x 29.2 cm · Bologne · 13th-14th centuries or beginning of the 14th century
Gratianus, Decretum (cum glossa ordinaria)

This manuscript containing legal materials from the 13th or early 14th century demonstrates the high regard in which the "Decretum Gratiani", often considered the foundation of modern canon law, was held during the middle ages. The text is bordered by the "Glossa Ordinaria" of Johannes Teutonicus, in the first revision by Barthomeus of Brescia (before 1245). The manuscript features numerous ornately illustrated initials. (fmb)

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Cologny, Fondation Martin Bodmer, Cod. Bodmer 77
Parchment · 112 ff. · 14 x 9 cm · central Italy · 12th century
Guido Aretinus, Micrologus; Prologus in Antiphonarium; De ignoto cantu; Regulae rhythmicae

This 12th century manuscript from central Italy contains works of music theory by three Latin authors. Among these is Guido Aretinus, a Tuscan monk of the 10th century who is regarded as the inventor of solmisation. Some passages of text in the codex are based on the Institutio musica by Boethius. (fmb)

Online Since: 07/31/2007

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Cologny, Fondation Martin Bodmer, Cod. Bodmer 78
Parchment · 88 ff. · 32.5 x 23 cm · Italy, Venice · 14th century (around 1370?)
Guido de Columnis, Historia destructionis Troiae

This 14th century parchment manuscript preserves the "Historia destructionis Troiae" by Guido de Columnis for posterity. Its 187 miniatures crafted by Giustino da Forli portray the most important scenes of the Trojan War against a background of the Gothic architecture of Venice. The margins of the manuscript reveal written traces of the collaborative efforts of the copyist and the illuminator: the scribe made notes in Venetian dialect indicating the plan for incorporating a series of miniature illustrations, which were then duly added by the illuminator. (fmb)

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Cologny, Fondation Martin Bodmer, Cod. Bodmer 83
Paper · 62 ff. · 30 x 20 cm · Hesse · last third of the 14th century
Heinrich of Veldeke, Eneide

This 14th century codex is one of seven surviving manuscripts that preserve in its entirety the Eneasroman (Romance of Aeneas) by Heinrich von Veldeke, one of the most important pioneers of Middle High German poetry. This work by Veldeke is the first courtly romance written in Middle High German and is an adaptation of the Old French Roman d'Eneas, originally written in about 1160. (fmb)

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Cologny, Fondation Martin Bodmer, Cod. Bodmer 84
Parchment · 12 + 51 ff. · 22.3 x 17.2 cm · Fulda · 9th century (first half)
De victus ratione liber II seu De observantia ciborum

This Carolingian manuscript from the period before 850 comes from the Cloister of Fulda. It contains the sole extant copy of the Latin version of a text falsely attributed to Hippocrates: "De victus ratione", which sets forth the foundations of dietetics and emphasizes the antagonism between the elements of fire and water within the body. Numerous scholars and physicians have relied on this text throughout history. (fmb)

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Cologny, Fondation Martin Bodmer, Cod. Bodmer 91
Paper · 389 ff. · 29.2 x 20 cm · South Tyrol (Carthusian monastery of Allerengelberg?) · 1468
Hugo von Trimberg: Der Renner · Johann Hartlieb: Alexanderroman

This manuscript from the southern Tyrol was produced by two scribes in the year 1468 and bound as one volume during the same period. It brings together the didactic work Der Renner (The Runner or Courier) by Hugo von Trimberg and the Alexanderroman (Romance of Alexander) following a compilation by Johann Hartlieb. The codex contains 91 pen sketches. Instructions for the execution of these sketches can be found in the lower margins of the pages on which they appear. (fmb)

Online Since: 12/20/2007

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Cologny, Fondation Martin Bodmer, Cod. Bodmer 93
Parchment · 59 ff. · 23.2 x 16.2 cm · France · end of the 14th century
Jacques de Cessoles, Echecs moralisés

This parchment manuscript from the time around 1400 contains a work by the Dominican sermonist Jacques de Cessoles, using the game of chess as the allegorical basis for a lesson in morals. The same theme is carried out in 16 accompanying illustrations as well. (fmb)

Online Since: 12/20/2007

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