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Sub-project: Collaborative Projects

January 2010 - June 2011

Status: Completed

Financed by: Andrew W. Mellon Foundation (http://www.mellon.org/)

Description: The main aim of this second Mellon funded project phase is to strengthen the function of e-codices as an international platform for research on manuscripts from Swiss collections. A 'call for collaboration' was published on our website in June 2009, in which scholars were invited to suggest manuscripts for digitization.
From among more than 150 proposals submitted, our internal evaluation process allowed us to select 60 manuscripts for digitization. Types of collaboration vary greatly, from writing new scholarly manuscript descriptions to developing tools for online manuscript study, to building connections with other virtual manuscript library websites.

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Aarau, Aargauer Kantonsbibliothek, MsWettF 1
Parchment · 334 ff. · 40 x 30 cm · Zürich (?) · 1260-1280
Biblia sacra

Part (Genesis-Ezra) of an illuminated three-volume bible (of which MsWettF 1 and MsWettF 2 remain), probably bequeathed to the cloister of Wettingen by Rudolph Schwerz, choirmaster of the Grossmunster Cathedral of Zurich and pastor of Altdorf. (pel)

Online Since: 11/04/2010

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Aarau, Aargauer Kantonsbibliothek, MsWettF 11
Parchment · 417 ff. · 31.5 x 22.5 cm · German speaking region · third quarter of the 13th century
Biblia Sacra . Short tract „De fructibus carnis et spiritus“

This manuscript, which probably originated in a German-speaking region, contains a Biblia sacra decorated with numerous initials with a gold ground, as well as the short tract entitled De fructibus carnis et spiritus, attributed to Hugo of St. Victor or Conrad of Hirsau, with two schematic diagrams. During the 16th century the richly decorated manuscript was owned by Christoph Silberysen, Abbot of the Cistercian cloister at Wettingen. (fas)

Online Since: 11/04/2010

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Aarau, Aargauer Kantonsbibliothek, MsWettF 26: 4
Paper · 79 ff. · 30 x 21 cm · 1445 / third quarter of the 15th century
Wasmodus de Homberg; Varia in materia beghardorum et beginarum; Johannes Mulberg; Benedictus de Asinago; Felix Hemmerlin

Manuscript of collected works including texts by Wasmodus de Homberg, Lampertus Episcopus Argentinensis, Johannes Mulberg and Felix Hemmerlin regarding the Beguine conflict and a tract by Benedictus de Asinago on poverty. (pel)

Online Since: 11/04/2010

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Basel, Universitätsbibliothek, B III 8
Parchment · 343 ff. · 33 × 23 cm · Basel, Dominican cloister · 14th century
Thomas Aquinas: Quaestiones; Quodlibeta

This pecia manuscript produced by numerous hands contains, with minor omissions, Thomas Aquinas's Quaestiones disputatae (De malo is missing) as well as eleven Quodlibeta (no. 12 is missing, as is part of no. 8). The manuscript originated at the Dominican cloister in Basel and belonged to Johannes and Hugo von Münchenstein, both of whom were priors at the Basel cloister for a time. The pastedowns contain records of the 1440 Council of Basel. (mit)

Online Since: 12/21/2010

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Basel, Universitätsbibliothek, D III 34
Parchment and paper · 257 ff. · 23 x 17 cm · 15th century / 1495
Manuscript Miscellany containing texts on horse medicine

Manuscript D III 34 consists of two parts: Part I (ff. 1-29) contains the medical manual for horses by Jordanus Ruffus: Part II (ff. 30-255) contains the Mulomedicina Chironis and an incomplete tract by one Oliverius, Stablemaster at the court of Ferdinand I of Naples. This is the only manuscript than Cod. Monacensis latinus 243 that includes a manuscript copy of the Mulomedicina Chironis; the Oliverius tract appears to be unedited. (mit)

Online Since: 03/31/2011

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Basel, Universitätsbibliothek, F III 20
Parchment · 148 ff. · 23.5 x 16.5 cm · Basel, Dominican convent · 14th century
Commenta super logicam veterem

This manuscript of collected works consists of four originally independent parts: Part I contains the writing of Hervaeus Natalis, Part II super sex principia originally written by Albert the Great, Part III texts by Peter of Auvergne and Part IV two anonymous texts - which may only transmitted in this manuscript - and the tract De medio demonstrationis by Aegidius Romanus. The manuscript was produced at the Dominican convent in Basel. (mit)

Online Since: 03/31/2011

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Cologny, Fondation Martin Bodmer, Cod. Bodmer 5
Paper · 96 ff. · 21 x 15.4/15.6 cm · about 1491
Aesopus, Fabulae, Epigrammata et proverbia, Oraculum sibyllinum · Ps. Pythagoras, Carmen aureum, Praecepta delphica · Phocylides, Sententiae · Aristophanes, Nubes, Vita Aristophanis, Hypothesis in Aritophanis Plutum

Although the Aesopian tradition enjoyed great popularity during the middle ages, thanks to the dissemination of Latin translations, the Greek text of the fabulist was first rediscovered during the Renaissance. CB 5, which was written on paper near the end of the 15th century, is a collection of some 150 fables ascribed to the poet, which served as an inspiration for La Fontaine. Following are, among other things, the Delphic prophecies of Pseudo-Pythagoras, which transmit the well-known aphorism "Know thyself!", and The Clouds, the comedy that made the Athenian writer Aristophanes famous. (jos)

Online Since: 11/04/2010

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Cologny, Fondation Martin Bodmer, Cod. Bodmer 79
Parchment · IV + 137 + III ff. · 26.3 x 17.6 cm · 1308
Guillaume de Lorris and Jean de Meun, Roman de la Rose

Guillaume de Loris and Jean de Meung (Meun) are the authors of the Roman de la Rose, one of the masterpieces of medieval courtly literature. In a phantasmagoric and allegorical setting, the lover seeks entry to a locked garden which conceals a rose, the image of his beloved. The second part, written by Jean de Meung, provides a philosophical and moral lesson. This manuscript, written on parchment in the 14th century, contains many golden and gold-accented illustrations and borders as well as initials with blue and red extensions. (jos)

Online Since: 06/02/2010

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Cologny, Fondation Martin Bodmer, Cod. Bodmer 161
Parchment · 213 ff. · 35.6 x 25 cm · France, Paris · 1280
Thomas Aquinas, Summa theologica

"Even as it is better to enlighten than merely to shine, so is it better to give to others the fruits of one's contemplation than merely to contemplate." The greatest work of Thomas Aquinas, the Summa Theologica, is the emblematic work of Christian scholasticism. This work, written near the end of the life of the great Dominican is incomplete, as its compositon was broken off by the death of the author. Organized in the form of questions (quaestiones) and subdivided into articles, the work presents theology in an organic form. Manuscript CB161 was produced in France, certainly in Paris, only a short time after the philosopher's death; it has been preserved in its original binding. The inscription from the end of the 13th century which can be found on the lower portion of the back cover shows that the manuscript was deposited as collateral by Jean de Paris against the loan of another work. (mes)

Online Since: 12/21/2009

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Einsiedeln, Stiftsbibliothek, Codex 28(1279)
Parchment · III + 518 + II pp. · 13 x 19 cm · 14th century
[Anonymus]. Veritas textus bibliorum

This volume contains a number of tracts by anonymous authors as well as extracts from works of textual criticism treating individual books of the Old and New Testaments. Specifically worth naming are: Guilelmus Brito (died ca. 1275), Johannes de Colonia (13th century) and Guilelmus de Mara Lamara (1230-ca. 1290). The content is of Franciscan authorship, suggesting that the manuscript was produced in a Minorite cloister. (lan)

Online Since: 11/04/2010

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Einsiedeln, Stiftsbibliothek, Codex 83(76)
Parchment · 462 ff. · 34.5 x 26 cm · Einsiedeln · 11th century (about 1060-1075/1100)
Breviarium antiquissimum

Cod. 83 is a complete breviary consisting of the following parts: calendar, antiphonary with neume notation, lectionary with biblical readings, homilary containing interpretations by the Church Fathers, hymnal, canticles from the Old and New Testaments, psalter, brief readings, prayers, preces and benedictions. Of special note is the oldest version of the Meinrad Office known to us, which is still used today. The melodies used in the antiphonary belong to the Alemanic choral dialect, still sung in the same form in Einsiedeln in the liturgy of the hours. (lan)

Online Since: 11/04/2010

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Einsiedeln, Stiftsbibliothek, Codex 121(1151)
Parchment · 300 pp. · 10.5 x 16 cm · Einsiedeln · about 960-970
Graduale – Notkeri Sequentiae

This Codex comprises the oldest complete surviving neumed mass antiphonary; it includes assorted appendices (such as Alleluia verses, Antiphons and Psalm verses for the Communion Antiphons). Because the mass antiphonary is complete, the manuscript remains important to this day as a resource for Gregorian chant research. The second part of the codex contains the Libyer Ymnorum, the Sequences of Notker of St. Gall. Recent research has established that the codex was written in Einsiedeln itself (in about 960-970), most likely for the third abbot of the cloister, Gregor the Englishman. (lan)

Online Since: 03/31/2011

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Einsiedeln, Stiftsbibliothek, Codex 206(49)
Parchment · 92 pp. · 36.2 x 27.5 cm · France (Paris?) or Flanders · 15th century (about 1430-1450)
Speculum humanae salvationis

This is an especially lovely exemplar, written in France (Paris?) or Flanders, of The Mirror of Human Salvation, or Speculum humanae salvationis. The work itself exists in over 200 manuscript copies and numerous print editions. The Mirror of Human Salvation is divided into the prefiguring of salvation (Old Testament), the story of salvation as told in the New Testament (from the Annunciation to the Judgement Day), the 7 Stations of the Passion, the 7 Sorrows and the 7 Joys of Mary. At this time, four leaves and the opening portion are missing. (lan)

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Einsiedeln, Stiftsbibliothek, Codex 214(241)
Paper · 191 ff. · 31.3 x 22.2 cm · Lake Constance area · [14]52/[14]54/[14]55
Composite manuscript containing texts of pastoral theology by Nicolaus von Dinkelsbühl, Bonaventure, Marquard von Lindau, the Carthusian Guigo II, and Jordanus von Quedlinburg

A collection of homiletic and pastoral texts dated with the years [14]52, [14]54 and [14]55, which came to Einsiedeln from the Lake Constance area. The main work are those by Nikolaus von Dinkelsbühl: Sermones de sanctis, De tribus partibus poenitentiae, De indulgentiis, De oratione Dominica; a collection of writings in Latin by Marquard von Lindau OFM; and texts by Jordanus von Quedlinburg OESA: Sermones de communi sanctorum, Sermones ad religiosos et religiosas. (pal)

Online Since: 12/21/2010

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Einsiedeln, Stiftsbibliothek, Codex 304(514)
Parchment · 2 + 234 + 2 pp. · 25 x 15.7 cm · Churrätien (Chur?) · 8th / 9th century
Medical Tracts

For about twenty years it has been known that this extremely old manuscript contains medical texts by two different authors, whereas the contents of the entire volume had previously been attributed to Galen. The two parts are: 1. Galen's Ad Glauconem de medendi methodo Lib. I-III (which does not, however, follow the correct sequence of that text), and 2. Pelagonius , Ars veterinaria. The beginning and the end of this text are missing. (lan)

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Einsiedeln, Stiftsbibliothek, Codex 326(1076)
Parchment · a + 104 + z ff. · 18 x 12.5 cm · Pfäfers (?) · 9th /10th century
Manuscript of collected works

This codex is a particularly important manuscript of collected texts. Especially important are the Inscriptiones Urbis Romae and the Itinerarium Urbis Romae. The Ordo Romanus XXIII for use on Good Friday, transmitted only in this manuscript, is also notable. Additional contents of this codex include a selection from the Notae of Marcus Valerius Probus, the Gesta Salvatoris (Evangelium Nicodemi), Varia Poemata and a text entitled De inventione s. Crucis. There is no information about how the manuscript traveled to Pfäfers and then on to Einsiedeln (most likely during the 14th century). (lan)

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Einsiedeln, Stiftsbibliothek, Codex 366(472)
Parchment · 91 pp. · 27 x 19/20 cm · Einsiedeln · 11th / 12th century
Fragmenta Sequentiarum

The fragments assembled in this collection were removed from their previous volumes by P. Gall Morel in 1858 and bound together into this volume in 1860. They consist of fragments from sequences (two volumes), hymn melodies (such as those still sung to this day in Einsiedeln), three Gloria melodies (the third of which is attributed to Pope Leo IX), three liturgical plays as well as the Novem modi by Hermannus. This manuscript is important to music history, as it is the first instance in Einsiedeln where the neumes are set upon four (incised) staff lines; the form used here represents the Alemannic choral dialect. (lan)

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Einsiedeln, Stiftsbibliothek, Codex 611(89)
Parchment · 280 ff. · 32 x 22 cm · Einsiedeln · 14th century (prior to 1314)
Antiphonarium pro Ecclesia Einsidlensi

It is highly likely that this codex is the original transcription of the neumed manuscript in the hand of Guido von Arezzo commissioned by Abbot Johannes I of Schwanden shortly before 1314. The calligraphic copies found in the other "Schwanden codices" were then produced following this source. Evidence of heavy use indicates that these manuscripts remained in use into the 17th century, that is, until the liturgical reform of the Council of Trent. The forms used are from the Alemannic choral dialect, which is still sung in Einsiedeln today. (lan)

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Engelberg, Stiftsbibliothek, Cod. 103
Parchment · 200 ff. · 20.8 x 12.6 cm · Rhineland Benedictine monastery possibly Sponheim (or Disibodenberg) · first third of the 13th century
Breviarium antiquissimum (Major sections: Lectionary, Litany, Neumed Antiphoner, Partial Hymnary, Calendar of Saints, Capitulary, Collectar)

A composite manuscript containing text and music for the celebration of the Benedictine office, including a fully neumed (non-diastemmatic) antiphoner. Local saints' feasts (Disibod, Afra, Alban) and the extensive repertory for Martin help to establish its probable provenance. (fly)

Online Since: 12/21/2010

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Engelberg, Stiftsbibliothek, Cod. 335
Paper · 147 ff. · 21.5 x 14.5 cm · Engelberg (parts also from Stans?) · between 1378 and 1386
"Engelberger Predigten" (Composite manuscript Ea)

The first volume of a codicologically heterogeneous composite of fascicle groups and individual leaves containing copies of sermons in German, assembled near the end of the 14th century or early in the 15th century for use in the women's cloister of St. Andreas at Engelberg. Together with Cod. 336, this is the oldest textual witness for the body of works known as the "Engelberger Predigten" (formerly the "Engelberger Prediger"). One sermon was written, in 1383 at the lastest, by the parish priest Bartholomäus Fridower from Stans. The Benedictine nuns of St. Andreas took the two complementary volumes Cod. 335 and Cod. 336 (a third volume may have been lost) as well as Cod. 337 and at least 24 additional manuscripts with them to their new location at Sarnen; these have been held by the Abbey Library of Engelberg since 1887. (sta)

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