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Sub-project: e-codices 2017-2020

January 2017

Status: In progress

Financed by: swissuniversities

Description: Continued support from the swissuniversities program « Scientific Information » will ensure the sustainability of e-codices and its transformation from a project to an established service. In addition, it will ensure the continued improvement of technical infrastructure. Such ongoing development is necessary in order to contribute to essential technical developments in the area of interoperability in the coming years. Finally, more sub-projects will be initiated in order to publish online by 2020 most of those Swiss manuscripts that, from a current point of view, are relevant to research.

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Basel, Universitätsbibliothek, A I 14
Parchment · 312 ff. · 28-29 x 21 cm · 3rd quarter of the 15th century
Thomas Aquinas, Summa theologiae (prima pars)

This meticulously executed manuscript contains the first part of Thomas Aquinas’s Summa theologiae, one of the Scholastic’s main works; it is from the library of Johannes de Lapide, Carthusian monk in Basel. The quires consist of paper and parchment in regular alteration; the proem begins with an ornamental page decorated with gold with a Q-initial on gold leaf, scroll ornamentation with flowers and berries in the margins, and a decorated intercolumnium. (flr)

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Basel, Universitätsbibliothek, A III 52
Paper · 2 ff. · 29.5 x 20.5 cm; 32 x 22.5 cm · last quarter of the 15th century
Ludwig Moser, Hymn about the Ave Maria

These two individual leaves, autographs by the Carthusian Ludwig Moser of Basel, transmit the same hymn about the Ave Maria. The first leaf (A III 52a) contains 11 stanzas, the second (A III 52b) contains the first three stanzas plus the beginning of the fourth. (stu)

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Basel, Universitätsbibliothek, A IV 4
Paper · 176 ff. · 29.5-30 x 20.5-21.5 cm · 1471
Aurelius Augustinus, Confessiones

This manuscript contains mainly Augustine’s Confessiones as well as his treatise De virtutibus et meritis. It was copied in 1471 by Henricus de Bocholdia, who, on the occasion of the Windesheim reform, had made his profession of faith among the canons regular of St. Leonhard in Basel. In a note on folio 162rb, added in 1473 but then crossed out several times and therefore difficult to read, Henricus relates the attempt to reform Interlaken Monastery (1473-1475), where he would have liked to have gone. (flr)

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Basel, Universitätsbibliothek, A VI 38
Paper · 300 ff. · 20.5 x 13.5 cm · 1493
Libellus of John the Evangelist

This libellus of John the Evangelist from the Gnadental Convent of the Poor Clares was completed in 1493. The manuscript contains texts by and about John the Evangelist, among them exempla, sermons, sequences, lections, and the Revelation in German. A pictorial cycle with scenes from the legend of the Evangelist decorates the vita of John at the beginning of the manuscript. (stu)

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Basel, Universitätsbibliothek, A VII 30
Parchment and paper · 240 ff. · 21 x 14.5 cm · Basel · 2nd half of the 15th century
Composite manuscript (Henricus Arnoldi)

This composite manuscript from the Carthusian monastery of Basel contains — partly handwritten and partly printed — primarily texts of devotional and spiritual content. Author (and for the first part of the manuscript also the scribe) for the most part is Heinrich Arnoldi, Prior of the Carthusian monastery from 1449-1480. (flr)

Online Since: 09/26/2017

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Basel, Universitätsbibliothek, A VIII 36
Paper · 235 ff. · 21 x 14.5 cm · 1st half of the 15th century
Iordanus de Quedlinburgo, Sermones de sanctis

This composite manuscript in German is from the Convent of Dominican nuns of St. Maria Magdalena “an den Steinen” in Basel, which was reformed in 1423; most of the manuscript was probably written there as well. In addition to two sermons, a treatise and a miracle of Mary, the manuscript mainly contains legends: Elizabeth of Hungary, Jerome, Francis, Vincent, Ignatius, Julian and Basilissa, Paul of Thebes and Anthony. (stu)

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Basel, Universitätsbibliothek, A VIII 37
Paper · 132 ff. · 21 x 14.5 cm · 15th century
Devotionalia

15th century devotional volume, mostly written by the Carthusian Johannes Gipsmüller and owned by the Carthusian monastery of Basel. On the verso side of a parchment leaf, inserted as f. 57 into the paper manuscript, there is a full-page image of Christ on the cross with Mary and John. A peculiarity is a collection of Bible passages in Latin and sayings in German by Petrus Wolfer, which are said to have been written on a wall of the Carthusian monastery, surrounding a crucifixion. (flr)

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Basel, Universitätsbibliothek, A VIII 51
Paper · 167 ff. · 14.5 x 10.5 cm · 2nd half of the 15th century
Margret Zschampi’s Book of Devotion and Prayer

This late medieval book of devotion and prayer is named for its first owner, Margret Zschampi, Dominican at Klingental Convent in Basel. It is a typical manuscript for edification, in German, as they were customarily used and written at the end of the Middle Ages for private devotion, especially in women’s convents and in lay communities. Margret Zschampi donated the manuscript to the Carthusian monastery of Basel, where it became part of the library for lay brothers. As part of this Carthusian library, the devotional book reached the university library of Basel in 1590. This is the only completely preserved known manuscript from the Dominican Convent of Klingental.  (stu)

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Basel, Universitätsbibliothek, A IX 23
Paper · 131 ff. · 16.5 x 12 cm · Basel (?) · 15th century
Composite manuscript (theology)

This manuscript from the library of the lay brothers of the Carthusian monastery in Basel consists of various parts that are bound together. It was meant as a devotional book for the lay brothers and contains various basic texts in German translation, among them a Rule of Saint Benedict, a life of Saint Benedict, as well as various prayers that address either the lay brothers of the Carthusians or the lay brothers of the Benedictines.  (stu)

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Basel, Universitätsbibliothek, A X 72
Paper · 277 ff. · 21-21.5 x 14.5 cm · Cologne · 1488
Petrus Siber, Lectura super Petri Lombardi libros 1 et 2 sententiarum

Lecture by Peter Siber about the first two Books of Sentences by Peter Lombard, whose systematic presentation of the whole of theology by means of carefully chosen quotations from Church Fathers and Doctors of the Church has often been commentated. The volume was copied in 1488 by the Dominican Wernher von Selden from Basel during his studies in Cologne. (flr)

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Basel, Universitätsbibliothek, A XI 36
Paper · 154 ff. · 29 x 21 cm · 1429-1431
Robertus Holcoth OP, Quaestiones super quattuor libros sententiarum

Commentary on the Sentences by the Dominican theologian Robertus Holcot (ca. 1290-1349), who critically discusses the theological problems raised by Lombard. Robertus Holcot gave lectures on biblical theory at Oxford and was held in high esteem by his contemporaries. This volume, originally a catenatus from the Dominican monastery in Basel, was created between 1429 and 1431. (flr)

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Basel, Universitätsbibliothek, A XI 59
Paper · 260 ff. · 14 x 10.5 cm · Basel (?) · 4th quarter of the 15th and 1st quarter of the 16th century
Ascetic-catechetical composite manuscript

This manuscript, written mostly in German, consists of various parts, all of which probably date from the same time, the end of the 15th century to the beginning of the 16th century. This codex belonged to the library of the lay brothers of the Carthusian monastery in Basel and may have been written, at least in part, in this same monastery. Among the texts in this devotional book are the exemplum of the pious [female] miller, the “Guten-Morgen-Exempel” often attributed to Meister Eckhart, a recounting of the history of the Carthusian order, as well as various sermons, prayers, sayings and exempla. (stu)

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Basel, Universitätsbibliothek, A XI 64
Paper · 106 ff. · 15 x 10 cm · East Upper German-speaking region (Region of Bavaria/Austria) · 2nd third of the 16th century
Prayer book of Elisabeth Blumin

This manuscript contains, among others, prayers by Johannes von Indersdorf for Duke William III of Bavaria, the seven Penitential Psalms, as well as texts on the passion and the deposition of Christ. The major part of the prayer book was written in the years 1534 and 1540, more prayers filled in blank sections until the 1560s. The exact provenance of the manuscript is unknown, but the written language as well as the textual tradition suggest the East Upper German-speaking area (the region of Bavaria/Austria). The prayer book receives its name from Elisabeth Blumin, deceased 23 May 1550, who is mentioned at the end, and who may have been the first owner of this manuscript. (stu)

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Basel, Universitätsbibliothek, AN I 8
Parchment and paper · 385 ff. · ca. 38 x 27 cm · 13th century
Elias Cretensis, Commentarius in S. Gregorii Nazianzeni orationes

Famous for the two portraits of Gregory of Nazianzus and Elias of Crete, as well as for a unique cycle of illustrations in honor of Gregory (of which 5 have been lost), this codex is also noteworthy for its content (19 commentaries by Elias of Crete, still unpublished in Greek) and for the story of its creation. The commentaries were copied around the end of the 12th or the beginning of the 13th century, a project that did not provide for miniatures on the frontispiece. These were added a short time later, together with a prologue. The codex still retains the binding that was created in Constantinople between 1435 and 1437 during a restoration for its new owner, the Dominican John of Ragusa, who brought the codex to Basel in 1437. (and)

Online Since: 06/22/2017

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Basel, Universitätsbibliothek, B II 11
Parchment · 183 ff. · 29 x 21 cm · Marmoutier (?) · 9th century
Gospel Book

This Gospel Book, written in an accurate Carolingian book hand, was probably created in the Alsatian Marmoutier. It features richly decorated initials and artistically designed frames for the canon tables. The manuscript was a gift to the Carthusians of Basel from the former dean of Rheinfeld, Antonius Rüstmann, in 1439. (stu)

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Basel, Universitätsbibliothek, B V 13
Parchment · 100 ff. · 28.5 x 24 cm · Lorsch · 9th century
Iohannes Cassianus: Collationes Patrum, pars I

This volume is from the library of the Carthusian Monastery of Basel; it contains the first part of the Collationes Patrum by John Cassian (360/365-432/435). It also contains assorted excerpts on the life and work of Cassian from various sources, as well as a letter on the way of life at the Abbey of Monte Cassino under abbot Desiderius (1058-1087). This manuscript was produced in Lorsch and forms a unit together with B V 14. It has supplements and signs of use up to the15th century.  (flr)

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Basel, Universitätsbibliothek, B V 16
Parchment · 83 ff. · 26.5-27 x 14.5-15 cm · probably Upper Rhine region · 1st half of the 9th century
Epiphanius Latinus (?), Interpretatio evangeliorum (chap. 18-62)

This Interpretatio evangeliorum, attributed to an Epiphanius Latinus, is a compilation of excerpts from the commentary on the gospels by Fortunatianus of Aquileia and from a collection of sermons by an Italian author from the period of late antiquity (whose name may have been Epihanius); it was compiled between the 7th and the 8th century. This manuscript from the Carthusian Monastery of Basel contains only the homiletic part (without introduction) in chapters 18-62). (flr)

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Basel, Universitätsbibliothek, B V 32
Parchment · 87 ff. · 26 x 18.5-19 cm · 13th/14th century
Composite manuscript

This manuscript from the Carthusian monastery of Basel, whose shelfmark was changed several times, consists of three originally independent parts. The first, homiletic, part contains a series of Sermones and interpretive Expositiones on the Gospel readings of the day. The second part consists of a treatise on the ten commandments by the Augustinian Hermit Heinrich von Friemar (1245-1340) and an anonymous commentary on the Latin version of the Physiologus Theobaldi. In the third part of the manuscript, in addition to instructions for leading a God-pleasing life, there is a dispute between angel and devil about the seven deadly sins.  (flr)

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Basel, Universitätsbibliothek, B VIII 27
Parchment · 309 ff. · 20.5 x 15.5 cm · alemannic-speaking region · around 1300
Hugo von Langenstein; Mainauer Naturlehre; Schondoch

This manuscript from the lay library of (the Carthusian Monastery of) Basel transmits two texts from the Teutonic Order: the legend in rhyme “Martina” by Hugo von Langenstein, as well as the “Littauer” by Schondoch. The “Martina” survives only in this manuscript and is considered the oldest sacred poetry of the Teutonic Order. As a third text, the codex contains the “Mainauer Naturlehre.”   (stu)

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Basel, Universitätsbibliothek, B IX 25
Parchment · 104 ff. · 17 x 13 cm · Southwestern German region (?) · 14th century
Rudolf von Biberach, Scripta duo

The greatest part of this manuscript consists of two texts by Rudolf von Biberach – Sermones super cantica and De VII itineribus aeternitatis. They were originally created in the 14th century as two separate pieces; later they were bound together into the current volume at the Carthusian monastery of Basel, whose library owned the manuscript from the 15th century on. Still in the 14th century, a German translation of De VII gradibus contemplationis was added as a supplement to the second part. Probably only at the time of binding the manuscript was the beginning of the Abstractum-Glossars added as a last page, bound in upside down; the transcription of this text also dates from the 14th century and therefore could not have been produced at the monastery.  (stu)

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