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St. Gallen, Kantonsbibliothek, Vadianische Sammlung

The Vadian Collection, which is owned by the Ortsbürgergemeinde (citizen’s community) of St. Gall, is a permanent deposit in the cantonal library; it contains, among others, about 100 medieval and 700 early modern manuscripts. The late medieval illuminated manuscripts and the 15th century humanist manuscripts from Italy are of supra-regional significance. The Vadian Collection (VadSlg) also has the most important holdings of alchemic manuscripts (15th and 16th century) in Switzerland. Many of these manuscripts are included, either at the maximal or the normal level, in the virtual union catalog HAN, maintained by the Basel University Library.

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St. Gallen, Kantonsbibliothek, Vadianische Sammlung, VadSlg Ms. 342
Parchment · 9 ff. · 30 x 21 cm · Originated in a German-speaking region, possibly Bohemia · around 1360/1370
Vaticinia de pontificibus (Prophecies about the Papacy)

The illustrations and text enjoy equal importance in this illustrated work of anti-papal propaganda, named after its opening "Ascende calve". The Vadian Collection manuscript is the most important exemplar of this text, which takes the form of proverbs. The most notable and fascinating feature of this manuscript is the way in which the gray-tone illustrations are used. (gam)

Online Since: 05/20/2009

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St. Gallen, Kantonsbibliothek, Vadianische Sammlung, VadSlg Ms. 343c
Paper · 275 ff. · 38-39 x 27 cm · Hagenau · middle of the 15th century
"Historienbibel" from the workshop of Diebold Lauber, Vol. 1: Old Testament.

This two-volume, large format history Bible (“Historienbibel”) is illustrated throughout in an artistic style characteristic of the workshop of Diebold Lauber in Hagenau. This history Bible is traceable to Constance in the third quarter of the 15th century; some defects were repaired in St. Gall in the early 17th century – one of the early conservation efforts undertaken in this city. (gam)

Online Since: 05/20/2009

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St. Gallen, Kantonsbibliothek, Vadianische Sammlung, VadSlg Ms. 343d
Paper · 124 ff. · 38.5–39 x 27 cm · Hagenau · middle of the 15th century
"Historienbibel" from the workshop of Diebold Lauber, Vol. 2: New Testament.

This two-volume, large format history Bible (“Historienbibel”) is illustrated throughout in an artistic style characteristic of the workshop of Diebold Lauber in Hagenau. This history Bible is traceable to Constance in the third quarter of the 15th century; some defects were repaired in St. Gallen in the early 17th century – one of the early conservation efforts undertaken in this city. (gam)

Online Since: 05/20/2009

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St. Gallen, Kantonsbibliothek, Vadianische Sammlung, VadSlg Ms. 352/1-2
Paper · 55 ff. · 28.5-30 x 20.5 cm · around 1440
Speculum humanae salvationis (Ger.)

The Speculum humanae salvations is a work consisting of texts and illustrations of Biblical content. Each double page of the opened book shows four images, which usually juxtapose one scene from the life of Christ with three prefigurations from the Old Testament. In the present manuscript, this order has not been sustained consistently. The Latin text source has been translated into German verses, which earlier were erroneously attributed to Konrad von Helmsdorf. The Speculum is preserved as a composite manuscript of manuscripts and printed works; several pages are missing in the beginning. (gam)

Online Since: 06/23/2016

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St. Gallen, Kantonsbibliothek, Vadianische Sammlung, VadSlg Ms. 427
Paper · 128 ff. · 29 x 21 cm · Lyon · third quarter of the 15th century
Ludovicus de Angulo (Louis de Langle), De Figura seu imagine mundi

The cosmology of the Lyon physician and astrologer Louis de Lange treats the formation of the world and describes the earth and the stars in the sky. The illustrations of the decans, showing the subdivision of each of the twelve signs of the zodiac into three astrological sections, are worthy of particular attention. Despite the attractive illustration, the work was not very popular; only a few manuscripts are known to exist. (gam)

Online Since: 05/20/2009

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St. Gallen, Kantonsbibliothek, Vadianische Sammlung, VadSlg Ms. 455
Paper · 156 ff. · 30.5 x 21.5 cm · southwestern German state · third quarter of the 15th century
Volume of collected works: Walter Burley; Albertanus Brixensis; Franciscus Petrarca; Heinrich Steinhöwel; Disticha catonis; Regimen Sanitatis; Adolfus Viennensis; Ps.-Virgil; Alanus de Insulis; Pope Pius II; Hieronymus de Vallibus; Antoninus Barzizius; Vincentius Bellovacensis; Jacobus de Cessolis; Biblia pauperum

This collection of works was produced during the third quart of the 15th century, under the influence of early humanism, in one of the southwestern German states. It contains German and Latin texts from the late middle ages as well as some interlinear and marginal glosses. The newer works by humanist authors include contributions by Petrarch, Aeneas Silvius Piccolomini (later Pope Pius II), Hieronymus de Vallibus and Antonio Barzizza. (gam)

Online Since: 11/04/2010

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St. Gallen, Kantonsbibliothek, Vadianische Sammlung, VadSlg Ms. 484
Paper · 134 ff. · 23.5 x 16–16.5 cm · Italy · 1468
Heinrich Schlüsselfelder

Heinrich Schlüsselfelder's work, Blumen der Tugend, a collection of brief instructive tales, is derived from an Italian model. The author, originally from Nürnberg, translated them into German in 1468 in Italy. The paper is of Italian manufacture; the Lombard initials, the binding stamp and what remains of the fasteners are all of Italian design. For illustrations Schlüsselfelder used early Italian copperplate engravings portraying the cardinal virtues and a unicorn; slightly later he, or a reader, illustrated the text with color-washed pen sketches in the margins. (gam)

Online Since: 11/04/2010

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St. Gallen, Kantonsbibliothek, Vadianische Sammlung, VadSlg Ms. 1000
Parchment · 1 f. · 646 x 44.5 cm · second half of the 14th century
Iohannes de Utino, Compilatio nova super tota biblia

This 6,5 meter long parchment scroll depicts the history of the world, from Adam and Eve up to Christ, as a “Heilsgeschichte” (history of salvation); central events are illustrated with multicolored pen and ink drawings. Representing later epochs up to the middle of the 14th century, tables list the popes up to Innocent IV (elected in 1352) as well as the kings and emperors up to Charles IV. (gam)

Online Since: 12/17/2015

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