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  • Scarpatetti Beat Matthias von, Die Handschriften der Stiftsbibliothek St. Gallen, Bd. 1: Abt. IV: Codices 547-669: Hagiographica, Historica, Geographica, 8.-18. Jahrhundert, Wiesbaden 2003, S. 69-70.
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  • Euw Anton von, Die St. Galler Buchkunst vom 8. bis zum Ende des 11. Jahrhunderts, Band I: Textband, St. Gallen 2008 (Monasterium Sancti Galli, Bd. 3), S. 442-443, Nr. 115.
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  • Scherrer Gustav, Verzeichniss der Handschriften der Stiftsbibliothek St.Gallen, Halle 1875, S. 183.
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  • UCLA Reichenau-St. Gall Virtual Library
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St. Gallen, Stiftsbibliothek, Cod. Sang. 568
Manuscript title: Vita S Silvestri
Place of origin: St Gall (von Euw/Bruckner)
Date of origin: 880-890 (von Euw)
Support: Parchment. Handsome, very fine parchment, flesh-side white, hair-side yellowish with prominent pores. HFHF.
Extent: 182
Format: 240 x 175 mm
Collation: Quires are marked: p. 1-112 = I8 - VII8; p. 113-132 = VIII10; p. 133-180 = VIIII8 - XI8. p. 181 is a separate leaf that was once a pastedown. (von Euw)
Page layout: Single column, 18 lines per page. Written area 163 x 135 mm (von Euw)
Writing and hands: Black Caroline minuscule by a single hand. By a handsome, broad hand of the Harmut era (Bruckner).
Decoration: Incipits and explicits in capitalis and uncials in red. For the prologue and the beginnings of the books initials in red, with following lines in capitalis, or rustics, in red or black (von Euw).
Additions: Later contents notes: (spine) Vita S. Sylvestri (s. XIX); (p. 1) Liber monasterij sancti galli (s. XV?). Later note on p. 1: Gelasius papa instituit hanc legendam legi a fidelibus sicut in decretis habetur et ita omni anno in ordine Carhusiensium legitur in refectorio in die natali S. Siluestri (s. XV). Probationes pennae on p. 180, and an initial J drawing on p. 181. May appear in the s. IX catalogue of St. Gall found in CSG 728 (p. 15, available on this website): 'Vita sancti Silvestri, recens et bene conscripta'. [Bruckner/von Euw]
Binding: Bound in light yellow-leather-covered boards (s. XV), with quadruplesquare and diamond tooling on the leather. Four frets, one lost, medium-sized leather buckle. Without pastedowns.
  • 1. p. 2-169 Vita sancti Silvestri >Incipit prologus de uita sancti siluestri< Historiographus noster eusebius cęsareę …–… pręmium fugisse supplicium. >Explicit uita sancti siluestri<
    • 1_1. (p. 2-4) Prologus
    • 1_2. (p. 4-67) Liber 1
    • 1_3. (p. 67-169) Liber 2
    Index Reference Numbers
    • CPL 2235; BHL 7725, 7726a, 7728
    • Prologus in uitam sancti syluestri papae et confessoris, ed. B. Mombritius in Sanctuarium seu Vitae sanctorum (Vol. 2). Paris: Fontemoing, 1910, p. 508-531. Internet Archive
    • For further bibliography, see: IMB and LexMA
  • 2. p. 169-179 Legendum in inventione sanctae crucis >Legendum in inuentione sanctae crucis< Post haec constantinus habuit bellum …–… translationis nostrae finem imponat.
    Index Reference Numbers
    • BHL 7733-5
    • Catalogus codicum hagiographicorum bibliothecae regiae Bruxellensis (Vol. 1). Brussels: Polleunis, Ceuterick et Lefébure, 1886, p. 119-120. Google Books Contains the text from p. 169-172 in this MS
    • C. Lanéry. Ambroise de Milan hagiographe, (Collection des études augustiniennes: Série Antiquité 183). Paris: Institut d'Études Augustiniennes, 2008, p. 565-567. Contains the text from p. 173-179 in this MS
    • For further bibliography, see: IMB and LexMA
Codicological Bibliography
  • Euw, Anton von. Die St. Galler Buchkunst vom 8. bis zum Ende des 11. Jahrhunderts (Vol. 1). St. Gall: Verlag am Klosterhof, 2008, p. 442-443.
  • Scarpatetti, Matthias von. Die Handschriften der Stiftsbibliothek St. Gallen (Vol. 1/4). Wiesbaden: Harrassowitz, 2003, p. 69-70.
  • Bruckner, Albert. Schreibschulen der Diözese Konstanz: St. Gallen II (Scriptoria Medii Aevi Helvetica 3). Geneva: Roto-Sadag, 1938, p. 111.
  • Scherrer, Gustav. Verzeichniss der Handschriften der Stiftsbibliothek von St. Gallen. Halle: Buchhandlung des Waisenhauses, 1875, p. 183. Stiftsbibliothek St. Gallen