With his brief "Büchlein der ewigen Weisheit,” the Dominican Henry Suso (1295-1366) created a work that was widely distributed in the late Middle Ages. This manuscript is part of the collection of the women’s cloister of St. Andrew in Engelberg; together with cod. 141, it is a very early witness of the text.
Exemplar of the so-called Parisian Bible, a pocket Bible which contains the entire text of the Old and the New Testaments in a relatively small format in two columns in small script. The codex was produced around the middle or in the second half of the 13th century in Central or Eastern France. It is distinguished and made luxurious by no fewer than 82 historiated initials and 66 ornamental initials. Noteworthy is the fact that...
Porrentruy, Bibliothèque cantonale jurassienne, A2626bis-1 : Diarium Collegii Bruntrutani Soc. Jesu ab anno 1657(:Unav)
Diary with daily notes about life in the Jesuit seminary in Porrentruy between 1657 and 1670.
Einsiedeln, Stiftsbibliothek, Codex 302(450) : Wandelbertus, Boethius, Ausonius, Gregorius, Arator, Prosper, Prudentius, Aldhelmus, BonifatiusAurelius Prudentius Clemens, Heinrich Von Ligerz, Diaconus Arator, Papa Gregorius I, Ferrariensis Lupus, Schireburnensis Aldhelmus, Sanctus Bonifatius, Anicius Manlius Severinus Boethius, Decimus Magnus Ausonius, Prumiensis Wandalbertus, Gallus Morel & De Aquitania Prosper
A composite manuscript composed of two volumes of collected works, written during the 9th and 10th centuries in eastern France or southwest Germany. It includes works by Wandelbertus, Boethius, Ausonius, Gregory, Arator, Prosper, Prudentius, Aldhelmus and Boniface.
A 12th century manuscript (1170-1190), probably copied in Switzerland (Einsiedeln?) or in Austria. It contains the introduction In prima parte agitur (fol. 1r-7ra) and the Decretum by Gratian [Σ-group, cf. C. Wei, A Discussion and List of Manuscripts Belonging to the Σ-group (S-group)] (fol. 7ra-217va); an additio (from fol. 167vb to C.29: Adrianus papa Eberhardo Salzeburgensi archiepiscopo. 'Dignum est et a rationis... [JL 10445: 1154-59]); various excerpts of glosses (scraped on fol. 21a) and excerpta...
St. Gallen, Kantonsbibliothek, Vadianische Sammlung, VadSlg Ms. 70 : Casus Sancti Galli; Vitae sanctorumMelchior Goldast, Eccardus IV, Sangallensis, Strabo Walahfridus, Vadianus Joachim, Cantuariensis Theodorus, Lugdunensis Eucherius, Heinrich Seuse, De Fabaria Conradus, Sangallensis Iso, Turonensis Gregorius, Vadianus Joachim, Sangallensis Hermannus, Augiensis Berno, Sangallensis Ratpertus & Severus Sulpicius
This voluminous composite manuscript brings together the Casus Sancti Galli, the history of the monastery of St. Gall from the early and high Middle Ages, and about 50 lives of saints in texts of various lengths, among them those of the St. Gall saints Gallus, Otmar and Wiborada. The manuscript was created in the 1450s, when relations between the monastery and the town of St. Gall were sorted out, and the monastery launched extensive reforms.
Information about the conscription of troops. It names several cities along the Nile (among them Elephantine, Herakleion, Oxyrhynchus) that had to supply soldiers for the Persian commander Šērag. This document, written in Middle Persian (Pahlavi) on parchment, dates from between 619 and 629 AD, the time of the Sassanid occupation of Egypt.
A two-column dictionary compiled by Ferdinand Raspieler, parish priest of Courroux (? – 1762). A note at the beginning of the dictionary indicates that it was written in order to serve justices and clergy in the Bernese Jura, who were impeded in their work because they did not know the dialect.
Zürich, Zentralbibliothek, Ms. D 155 : Latin homilies on New Testament texts, preached by a monk from St. Gall(:Unav)
Latin homilies by a St. St. Gall monk, delivered in various churches in the territory of the Fürstabtei (Bishop's Abbey) of St. Gall between 1674 and 1691.
Cologny, Fondation Martin Bodmer, Cod. Bodmer 157 : Heinrich Seuse, Büchlein der ewigen Weisheit . Allegorical treatise: Die zwölf Lichter im Tempel der SeeleHeinrich Seuse, Hans P. Kraus, Martin Bodmer & Heinrich Rosenthal
This dated paper manuscript contains the Büchlein der ewigen Weisheit by the German mystic and Dominican Henry Suso (1295-1366), which was in wide use during the Middle Ages, as well as the allegorical treatise Die zwölf Lichter im Tempel der Seele, which originally might have been part of a sermon. The linguistic characteristics of the text (Bavarian dialect) suggest an origin in South Tyrol, while a later annotation on the flyleaf (18th-19th century) could be...
Basel, Universitätsbibliothek, F V 17 : Martianus Capella, De nuptiis Philologiae et Mercurii, lib. 1-2Grammaticus Eutyches, Altissiodorensis Remigius, Capella Martianus, Silvester II, Papa & Friedrich Nietzsche
This large-format 11th century manuscript by Martianus Capella transmits the first two books of his work De nuptiis Philologiae et Mercurii, one of the most widely-read books of the Middle Ages, together with Remigius of Auxerre’s commentary, which was written for instruction. Noteworthy is the contemporaneous original binding: the quires are attached to the parchment cover with thin strips of parchment (cf. Szirmai).
This manuscript from the second quarter of the 15th century contains the Lectura super Clementinas by Johannes de Imola; it is from the extensive library of the Basel jurist Arnold Zum Luft (1453-1517). This volume, originally a catenatus, contains initials by the same hand as in C I 21.
This small-format, almost square 14th century Ovid manuscript contains the Heroides accompanied by the commentary of William of Orléans (Guilelmus Aurelianensis, around 1200). An older erased note of ownership suggests a French origin; Johannes Heynlin bequeathed this manuscript to the Carthusian Monastery of Basel.
In 1728 Meir Cohen Belinfante copied this decorated psalter from the 1670 printed edition by the Amsterdam printer of Hebrew and Spanish books, David de Castro Tartas, who was active between 1662 and 1698. The manuscript has a decorated title page, which depicts David, the psalmist, and Aaron, making a clear reference to the first name of the patron, whereas the bottom part of this page portrays a scene of the biblical Joseph, making a...
Neuchâtel, Bibliothèque publique et universitaire de Neuchâtel, Ms. A 45 Vol. 4 : Bariller Frédéric, Neuchâtel-Chronicle from 1476-1664Bariller Frédéric
This manuscript of historical content in French, with some Latin texts, was left to the library in 1822 by the Merveilleux family. It consists of four separate booklets sewn together, of which one is bound in parchment. They are of irregular formats and some pages are cut.Several pages, written in another hand, were integrated into the pagination and were incorporated. The fourth booklet contains a list of coats of arms and emblems with sketches.
This small-format manuscript from the Carthusian Monastery of Basel contains prayers to and about the saints and martyrs Margaret of Antioch, Barbara of Nicomedia and Catherine of Alexandria. The Meditationes were composed by the Carthusian Henricus Arnoldi of Basel; the small-format manuscript was written by his fellow monk Johannes Gipsmüller.
Neuchâtel, Bibliothèque publique et universitaire de Neuchâtel, AF A1 : Piae conciones in Evangelii lectiones(:Unav)
This manuscript lacks a beginning, has much-trimmed margins, and was written by a variety of hands, is datable to the second half through the end of the 9th century. It contains readings from the Gospel texts for the feasts from Christmas through Pentacost as well as those of a few saints. The first words of the Gospel texts were augmented later (12th century) in the outer margin. The text for the feast celebrating the birth...
The 13th-century manuscript is composed of three parts. The first part contains Aristotelian and pseudo-Aristotelian works in Latin translation. The second part contains 'De mineralibus' and 'De natura loci' by Albertus Magnus. The third part consists of a commentary by Michael Scotus on Johannes de Sacrobosco's work about the heavenly spheres, an anonymous commentary on the Arithmetic of Boethius, and the commentary by Averroës on Aristotle's 'De longitudine et brevitate vitae'. This manuscript is among...
Cologny, Fondation Martin Bodmer, Cod. Bodmer 115 : Ps. Mauricius, Strategicon . Ps. Nicephorus, De uelitatione bellica . Ps. Iulius Africanus, Apparatus bellicusImperium Byzantinum Imperator Mauritius, Africanus Sextus Iulius & Imperium Byzantinum Nicephorus I
This Greek manuscript was copied on paper and, thanks to an inscription, can be dated from 1561. It unites three treatises on war. Two Byzantine treatises, the Strategikon generally ascribed to King Maurus (6th century), and De velitatione bellica ascribed to the Emperor Nikephoros II. (19th century), precede the Apparatus bellicus ascribed to Sextus Julius Africanus (born in Nicopolis).
Luzern, Korporation Luzern, S 23 fol. : Illustrated Chronicle by Diebold Schilling of Lucerne (Luzerner Schillling)Diebold Der Jüngere Schilling, Renward Cysat & Diebold Der Jüngere Schilling
This chronicle, completed in 1513, tells the early history of Lucerne and, beginning with the Battle of Sempach (1386), it tells the history of the Swiss Confederation from the point of view of followers of the Holy Roman Emperor. The 450 illustrations by two different hands, due to their vividness and to the richness of their subjects and details, constitute a unique source of information about late medieval life.
Bern, Burgerbibliothek, Cod. 4 : Biblia latina (Vulgata), Part 2: Solomon to Apocalypse (incomplete)Jakob Von Gravisset & Jacques Bongars
Latin Bible, designed as a pandect (i.e. in one volume), following the recension of Alcuin of York. Several copies of these Alcuin Bibles, manufactured in the scriptorium of St. Martin of Tours, have survived; with their finely graded hierarchy of scripts and harmonious proportions, they are considered monuments of Carolingian book production.
This 15th century Book of Hours following the custom of Paris also contains a complete biblical Psalter. The miniatures are attributed to the final period of the workshop of the Duke of Bedford (around 1435-1460). Each month in the calendar is preceded by a Latin verse in hexameter listing the two unlucky days of the month (January 1 and 25, February 4 and 26, March 1 and 28, April 10 and 20, May 3 and...
This paper manuscript, heavily damaged by woodworm, contains among other items, the following treatises on grammar: the Ars minor cum commento by Donatus (1r-61r), the Regulae grammaticales cum commento by Nicolaus Kempf (69r-91r) and the second part of the Doctrinale by Alexander of Villedieu, with an additional commentary (95r-220v).
This late Renaissance Italian humanist manuscript contains excerpts of various works by Latin and Greek authors, among them Pliny, Cicero, Silius Italicus, Plautus, Livy, Horace, Sallust, Plutarch, Seneca and others. Pellegrin, following Tammaro de Marinis, attributes the writing to the copyist Gian Marco Cinico, who worked for the kings of Naples between 1458 and 1494. The different parts are introduced by golden initials with bianchi girari, only partly completed (ff. 1v, 4v, 20r, 22r, 50r,...
Christus und die Minnende Seele ("Christ and the Courting (or wooing) Soul"); Henry Suso, life and works. This manuscript was a gift from a married couple, Ehlinger-von Kappel (Constance) to the Dominican convent of St. Peter in Constance, and from there it probably came to Einsiedeln via the Rheinau Abbey after its dissolution.