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Wattwil, Kloster Maria der Engel Wattwil, Ms. 3 : Pharmacopoeia

Collection of recipes for preparing medicines. The form in which the recipes are presented ranges from a simple list of ingredients to more detailed texts including information about the preparation as well as the use of the medication. There is an index (pp. 262-264). The manuscript is from the pharmacy of the former Capuchin Convent of Wattwil; in 1881 it was “improved and written” (“verbessert und geschrieben”) based on an older original (p. E). The...

Genève, Bibliothèque de Genève, Ms. lat. 30b : The Missal of Urbain Bonivard, Prior of Saint Victor in Geneva

François Bonivard, François Bonivard & Otto Wessner
Urbain Bonivard, prior of Saint-Victor in Geneva from 1458 to 1483, produced this missal in 1460. The missal follows the liturgical practices of Cluny; the miniatures are the work of Janin Luysel and Guillaume Coquin. During the Reformation the manuscript disappeared from Geneva and only came to light again in 1912 when the city of Geneva bought it at an auction in Munich.

Cologny, Fondation Martin Bodmer, Cod. Bodmer 84 : De victus ratione liber II seu De observantia ciborum

This Carolingian manuscript from the period before 850 comes from the Cloister of Fulda. It contains the sole extant copy of the Latin version of a text falsely attributed to Hippocrates: "De victus ratione", which sets forth the foundations of dietetics and emphasizes the antagonism between the elements of fire and water within the body. Numerous scholars and physicians have relied on this text throughout history.

Sarnen, Benediktinerkollegium, Cod. membr. 6 : Lectionarum Officii Monasticum

Lectionary from the second half of the 12th century or beginning of the 13th century from a Benedictine monasrtery in the southwestern German region, as indicated by the naming of various saints from this area. This is likely among the manuscripts brought to Hermetschwil by the nuns from the Double monastery of Muri. Adorned with many figured and historiated initials.

Cologny, Fondation Martin Bodmer, Cod. Bodmer 54 : Collection of alliances made by the (Swiss) confederates, as well as burgage (“Burgrecht”) alliances and contracts with the city of Bern

Martin Bodmer & Renward Cysat
The first part (4r-121r) of this paper manuscript contains a series of alliances made by the (Swiss) confederates, and the second part (130r-290r) contains the burgage (“Burgrecht”) alliances and contracts of the city of Bern. In the last part (300v-336r), the texts of alliances made in the 16th and 17th century by the confederates or by the individual cantons with Venice, Savoy and France were added at a later time and by a different scribe....

Zürich, Braginsky Collection, K110 : Ketubbah (כתובה)

This contract is for the marriage of Solomon, son of Abraham, and Rachel, daughter of Elijahu. The total amount of the dowry was set at 26,000 “lion” piastre. This Ketubbah belongs to a type that was particular to Jerusalem between the 1830s and the 1860s. As in other representations, floral decorations in bright colors frame the lower field of text (with the signatures of the bride and groom in the center and the artfully ornamented...

Utopia, armarium codicum bibliophilorum, Cod. 9 : Collection of laws about ritual slaughter and about dietary laws (Hilkhot Shekhitah and Treifah)

Shelomoh Ben Avraham Adret &
This small-format handbook about ritual slaughter is from 14th century Italy. It contains the laws of shekhitah (ritual slaughter) and of treifot (possbile defects of kosher animals) by Judah ben Benjamin ha-Rofe Anaw from Rome (13th century). This is followed by excerpts of laws on shekhitah from the Torat ha-Bayit ha-Arokh, a legal work on the laws governing Jewish households by Salomon ben Abraham ben Adret from Barcelona (1235-1310).

Luzern, Staatsarchiv, Pontifikallektionar : Pontifical-lectionary of Abbot Peter Eichhorn of Wettingen Abbey

Otto Wessner & Peter Eichhorn
This is the only know work of monogrammist B.G.; it was created in 1557 for Abbot Peter I. Eichhorn (†1563) of Wettingen Abbey. While most of the many initials are based on woodcuts by Bernard Salomon (Quadrins historiques de la Bible, Lyon 1553), the painter composed the decoration of the margins independently and very charmingly with allusions to the name of the client (Eichhorn = squirrel) who commissioned the work as well as to a...

Cleveland, The Cleveland Museum of Art, Purchase from the J. H. Wade Fund 1955.74 : Gregory the Great, Morals in Job (Author portrait)

De Monte Angelorum Frowinus & Papa Gregorius I
The upper half of the illustrated side contains a naked Job and his three friends, the lower half shows the author, Gregory the Great, inspired by the Holy Spirit in the form of a dove, and a Benedictine monk, portrayed in the usual manner of Petrus Diaconus, the latter probably drawn by a different artist. On the back is a Leonine couplet, which attributes the leaf unambiguously to Engelberg. The leaf is, according to P....

Basel, Universitätsbibliothek, N I 3:95c : David of Augsburg and the «geistlicher Palmbaum» (fragment)

De Augusta David
This bifolium from a late Medieval mystical manuscript has been preserved as a book cover. It contains parts from the “Sieben Vorregeln” and from the “Spiegel der Tugend” by the Franciscan David of Augsburg (c. 1200-1272) as well as a section from the “Geistlicher Palmbaum” (from the “Palmbaumtraktaten”?). The fragment shows clear signs of wear due to its secondary use.

Schaffhausen, Konzernarchiv Georg Fischer AG, GFA 1/144.25 : Correspondence Book of Johann Conrad Fischer

This paper manuscript contains copies, drafts and lists of the French, English and German business correspondence of Johann Conrad Fischer (1773-1854) of Schaffhausen, covering the years 1811-1817 in mostly chronological order. About the first fifty pages cover the time period from 1811 until 1815 and contain primarily drafts of letters - recognizable by regularly occurring corrections in the text - to business partners in Romandy and in the French Jura. Pages 58 to 165 contain...

St. Gallen, Kantonsbibliothek, Vadianische Sammlung, VadSlg Ms. 292 : Psalter, Hymnary, Prologi Psalterii

Joachim Cuontz & Joachim Cuontz
The composite manuscript VadSlg Ms. 292 combines three independently produced parts, bound together in about 1460 at the Abbey of St. Gall. The first part is a Psalter from the 9th century; whether it was produced in St. Gall is questionable. The hymnal from the 12th century that comprises the second part contains a dedicatory illustration showing the scribe Eberhard presenting his book to Gallus, while Pope Gregory sits at a podium writing down songs...

Schaffhausen, Konzernarchiv Georg Fischer AG, GFA 1/144.36 : Memory album of Eduard Fischer, medical student

This paper manuscript bound in green leather is the memory album of Eduard Fischer (1801-1859) of Schaffhausen; it contains notes from family and friends. Eduard Fischer was the son of the metallurgist and entrepreneur Johann Conrad Fischer (1773-1854) of Schaffhausen. The book contains entries from 1818 until 1920. The very first entry is from the hand of his father, Johann Conrad Fischer: „Experientia est optima Magistra! […] Zum Andenken von deinem dich liebenden Vatter Johann...

Genève, Bibliothèque de Genève, Ms. lat. 78 : Composite manuscript containing medical texts

Alexandre Petau, Paul Petau, Ami Lullin, Muḥammad Ibn-Zakarīyā Ar- Rāzī, Trallianus Alexander, Cremonensis Gerardus & Ibn-Isḥāq Ḥunain
This manuscript contains three medical texts translated from Arabic and Greek into Latin. It begins with a small medical encyclopedia in ten books, the Kitâb al-Mansuri by Rhazes (ff. 4-126), in the translation attributed to Gerard of Cremona (d. 1187); this is immediately followed by a treatise on fever (ff. 126-144v) inspired by Johannitius (Latin name of the doctor and translator Hunain ben Ishāq al-Ibādī from Baghdad, 808-873). The collection concludes with the text Twelve...

Trogen, Kantonsbibliothek Appenzell Ausserrhoden, CM Ms. 7 : Book of hours from Lille

Carl Meyer
The origin of this manuscript in the northern French-Flemish border region can be determined from its liturgical features, its leather binding with stamped designs and the inscription Robiers Plovrins as well as by a comparison with stylistically similar manuscripts. Another book of hours illustrated by the same artist is held at Claremont near Berkeley, California (USA). This exemplar is a somewhat cruder imitation of the style of scribe and book illustrator Jean Markant, who was...

Frauenfeld, Historisches Museum Thurgau, T 9393 : Miniature depicting the “Annunciation to the Blessed Virgin Mary“ from an antiphonary, possibly from the Convent of Cistercian nuns at Salem

This miniature was cut from a deluxe manuscript. The Annunciation of the Lord, depicted in the initial M-of the text Missus est Gabriel (Gabriel was sent), is celebrated on March 25. The Archangel Gabriel and Mary face each other in a vertically rectangular, geometrically designed border, each framed by an arch of the M. Gabriel holds a banderole with his greeting to the listening Mary AVE GRACIA PLENA (Hail Mary, full of grace). The side...

Solothurn, Zentralbibliothek, Cod. S 378 : Breviarium canonicorum regularium monasterii sanctae crucis mortariensis

Autpertus Ambrosius & Sangallensis Ratpertus
This illustrated breviary for the Canons Regular of Saint Augustine was produced in 1470/1471 in Lombardy. The elegant script is characteristic of the Abbey of Santa Croce at Mortara. In the 17th century the volume was acquired by the patrician Wagner family of Solothurn, whose books were bequeathed to the city library in 1773.

Zürich, Zentralbibliothek, Ms. B 118 : Collection of the names of persons from the region near the baronial Abbey of St. Gallen who converted to Catholicism between 1640 and 1697

Collection of the names of persons from the region near the baronial Abbey of St. Gall who converted to Catholicism between 1640 and 1697 (List of Converts), organized by village (primarily those of the Toggenburg and the Rhein valley.

Genève, Bibliothèque de Genève, Ms. lat. 81 : Andrea Benincasa, Atlas of nautical charts

Andrea Giovannini & Andrea Benincasa
This portolan by Andrea Benincasa is signed and dated 1476 on the last chart, which is glued to the inside back cover. The five nautical charts, each occupying a double page of the atlas, describe the Eastern Mediterranean and the Black Sea (chart 1), the coasts between Sicily and the Aegean Sea (chart 2), the Mediterranean Sea from Gibraltar to Rome with Corsica and Sardinia (chart 3), the coasts of the Atlantic between England and...

St. Gallen, Stiftsbibliothek, Cod. Sang. 207 : Moralia in Iob (Pars II, Lib. VI-X)

Papa Gregorius I
Gregory the Great, Moralia in Job (commentary on Job): commentary on Job 6-10 dating from the time of Hartmut (dean ca. 850-872). Volume 2 of a six-volume series.

Basel, Universitätsbibliothek, A XI 71 : Composite manuscript (theology)

De Einesham Adamus, Ninivita Isaac, De Bergamo Venturinus, Anselm Von Canterbury, Aurelius Augustinus, Claraevallensis Bernardus, Anicius Manlius Severinus Boethius, Marcus Tullius Cicero, Caesariensis Eusebius, De Clusio Gratianus, Papa Gregorius I, De Langenstein Henricus, Sophronius Eusebius Hieronymus, Maurus Hrabanus, De Sancto Victore Hugo, Hispalensis Isidorus, Damascenus Johannes, Publius Ovidius Naso, Lombardus Petrus, Aurelius Prudentius Clemens, Gaius Sallustius Crispus, Lucius Annaeus Seneca, Valerius Maximus, Bellovacensis Vincentius, Magnus Albertus … & Da Todi Jacopone
This small-format codex probably is from the Carthusian monastery of Mainz, from where it came to the Carthusian monastery of Basel, where numerous ownership notes were added. It contains a great variety of excerpts from religious, historical and other literature from the Middle Ages and antiquity. The length of the texts also varies considerably: in addition to short excerpts and two- or four-line verses about various things such as popes or bees, there are longer...

St. Gallen, Kantonsbibliothek, Vadianische Sammlung, VadSlg Ms. 317 : Basilius Caesariensis, Admonitio ad filium spiritualem; Notker Balbulus, Hymni; Vita Findani; Acta Apostolorum; Visio Pauli; Cassiodorus, De anima; Andreas Bergamensis, Chronicon.

Bergamensis Andreas, Bartholome Schobinger, Anicius Manlius Severinus Boethius, Flavius Magnus Aurelius Cassiodorus, Hispalensis Isidorus, Balbulus Notker, Caesariensis Basilius, Apostolus Paulus & Melchior Goldast
This unimposing composite manuscript contains six works of differing content types and origins, bound together under the auspices of the librarian of St. Gall in about 1460. The individual elements were produced independently of one another during the 9th or 10th century. Some are incomplete, lacking the beginning, the ending, or both. Nevertheless, this composite manuscript received attention from early on, as some of the component parts are important for the texts they transmit. This...

Cologny, Fondation Martin Bodmer, Cod. Bodmer 601b : Tale of Ise, second book (Ise Monogatari, ge)

The Tale of Ise is one of the earliest and most well-known example of uta monogatari, a subgenre of the monogatari, which focuses on waka poetry with the narrative evolving around the poetry. Its authorship, as well as the exact date of composition remain unclear, but it is today dated to the early Heian period. It is also known by the title "Zaigo chūjō nikki", or "Diaries of the Prince Ariwara no Narihira". The main...

Zürich, Zentralbibliothek, Ms. Rh. 172 : Aurora consurgens

& Magnus Albertus
In its first part, the parchment manuscript contains the text that has been named, on the basis of its outstanding cycle of illustrations, the Aurora consurgens. The manuscript also contains numerous other alchemical treatises, for ex. Albertus Magnus on Secreta Hermetis philosophi, Johannes de Garlandia (John of Garland), excerpts from Geber (Jabir ibn Hayyan), the Thesaurus philosophiae and the Visio Arislei. Nine other Aurora-manuscripts are currently known to exist: Berlin Die uffgehnde Morgenrödte, Bologna, Glasgow,...

St. Gallen, Stiftsbibliothek, Cod. Sang. 279 : Collectanea ex Augustino in epistolas Pauli

Lugdunensis Florus, Abbas Petrus, Venerabilis Beda, & Balbulus Notker
Copy of the first part of the work Collectanea ex Augustino in epistolas Pauli, a compilation of works by the church fathers (mainly those of Augustine) by the scholar Deacon Florus of Lyon († about 860), produced in the second half of the 9th century in the monastery of St. Gall, with numerous glosses written by the monk Ekkehart IV. (about 980 - 1060) in the 11th century. This volume includes commentaries on the Epistle...

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