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Cologny, Fondation Martin Bodmer, Cod. Bodmer 1 : Adenet le Roi, Cleomadés

Cleomadés, a poem in octosyllabic verse, is considered the masterpiece of the 13th century French poet Adenes le Roi. He lived at the courts of Brabant, France, and Flanders and composed various chansons de geste and courtly romances. (ber)

Cologny, Fondation Martin Bodmer, Cod. Bodmer 146 : Manuscript with rhetorical works, owned by Petrarch

Consultus Fortunatianus, Iulius Severianus, Aurelius Augustinus & Marcus Tullius Cicero
10th century manuscript of Italian origin, which contains numerous works of rhetoric: the Ars rhetorica by Fortunatianus, the Principia rhetorices by Augustine, the Praecepta artis rhetoricae by Julius Severianus and the Partitiones oratoriae by Cicero. In the 14th century, it became the property of Petrarch (Francesco Petrarca), who, at various times of his life, added numerous marginal notes. The manuscript demonstrates the humanist’s interest in the Oratores latini minores (minor Latin orators), which contributed to...

Cologny, Fondation Martin Bodmer, Cod. Bodmer 103 : Konrad von Megenberg, Buch der Natur · Johannes Denenat, Experientiae notabiles medicae

Johannes Denenat, &
The two originally independent parts of this manuscript were bound together probably in the last third of the 15th century (after 1469, cf. Index p. Iv). The first part, written in a single column (pp. 1r-272), contains the Buch der Natur (Prologfassung) by Conrad of Megenberg. This part of the manuscript features marginal corrections and glosses (especially for medically relevant parts of the text), which may be by the original owner of the manuscript (Hayer...

St. Gallen, Stiftsbibliothek, Cod. Sang. 730 (alt) : Edictus Rothari (Veterum Fragmentorum Tomus III)

König Rothari Langobardenreich
The incompletely preserved "Edictus Rothari" is the oldest extant copy of the early medieval law of the Lombards as decreed by King Rothari (636-652) in 643. This earliest known copy, dating from 670/680 and originating in Bobbio (?) has been preserved only as fragments divided between the Abbey Library of St. Gall, the Badische Landesbibliothek Karlsruhe, the Zentralbibliothek in Zurich and the Zurich cantonal archives. The largest portion of the fragments, which were bound together...

Basel, Universitätsbibliothek, AN II 36 : Biblia germanica, 1st part

Peter Werenfels
Manuscripts AN II 36 and AN II 37 together constitute a complete Bible in German. This is a copy of the so-called “Mentelin Bible” [printed in Strasbourg by Johannes Mentelin, prior to 27 June 1466] and of the “Pflanzmannbibel.” In the 17th century, both manuscripts were owned by Peter Werenfels (1627-1703), professor of theology and pastor at St. Leonhard in Basel.

Sion/Sitten, Médiathèque Valais, S 56 : Composite manuscript with Latin texts (Gasparinus Barzizius, Boethius, Hieronymus de Vallibus, Sallust, Augustinus Datus)

De Vallibus Hieronymus, Dati Augustinus, Barzizius Gasparinus, Georg Supersaxo, Walter Supersaxo, Anicius Manlius Severinus Boethius & Gaius Sallustius Crispus
This volume, S 56, from the library of Walter Supersaxo (ca. 1402-1482), Bishop of Sion, and of his son Georg (ca. 1450-1529) in five parts brings together various Latin texts, classical texts as well as works by Italian humanists; the first two parts are printed (with initials in red and green), the latter three are handwritten. The first part, printed around 1472 by Michael Wenssler and Friedrich Biel in Basel (GW 3676), contains the Epistolae...

Genève, Bibliothèque de Genève, Ms. lat. 52 : Guido de Columnis, Historia destructionis Troiae

Alexandre Petau, Paul Petau, Ami Lullin, De Columnis Guido, De Columnis Guido & De Sainte-More Benoît
This manuscript contains the Latin translation of the Roman de Troie by Benoît de Sainte-Maure, prepared in 1287 by Guido de Columnis. The text is divided into 35 books, of which only 9 are introduced by miniatures, most of them whole-page miniatures (f. 1r, 5v, 16v, 46r, 72v, 83v, 89v, 107v, 124v). Set in Renaissance-style frames, the paintings illustrate various important moments in the destruction of Troy. This manuscript was part of the collection of...

St. Gallen, Stiftsbibliothek, Cod. Sang. 74 : Bible (Apc, Epistolae catholicae, Io), with Glossa ordinaria

Porretanus Gilbertus
Copy of New Testament books with prologues and Glossa ordinaria: Gilbertus Porretanus, prologue to the Apocalypse, Stegmüller RB 839 (pp. 2–4), Apocalypse (pp. 4–81), prologue to the catholic epistles, Stegmüller RB 809 and 11846 (p. 82), Epistle of James (pp. 83–99), First Epistle of Peter (pp. 99–115), Second Epistle of Peter (pp. 115–126), First Epistle of John (pp. 126–141), Second Epistle of John (pp. 141–143), Third Epistle of John (pp. 143–145), Epistle of Jude (pp....

Romont, Abbaye de la Fille-Dieu Romont, Ms. liturg. FiD 7 : Cistercian Collectarium-Ritual

Manuscript FiD 7 (square notation; rubrics in Latin and Old French) begins with the chapters (short readings) and the collects of the sanctorale (folio 1r begins abruptly in the middle of the chapter of the Terce for the birth of John the Baptist). It then contains various rites, among them the Office of the Dead (with musical notation on folios 40r-46v), as well as the one for religious profession and for the investiture of nuns...

Basel, Universitätsbibliothek, F IV 8 : Vocabularius Ex quo latino-germanicus

Bethuniensis Eberhardus, Jakob Louber, Hispalensis Isidorus, & De Lyra Nicolaus
Probably written in Schongau and later acquired by the Carthusian Monastery of Basel, this volume is part of the vast tradition in manuscript and in print form of the so-called Vocabularius Ex quo. This alphabetically ordered dictionary was intended as a resource for users with limited knowledge of Latin and remained enormously popular in the German-speaking region until the end of the 16th century.

Cologny, Fondation Martin Bodmer, Cod. Bodmer 157 : Heinrich Seuse, Büchlein der ewigen Weisheit . Allegorical treatise: Die zwölf Lichter im Tempel der Seele

Martin Bodmer, Hans P. Kraus, Heinrich Seuse & 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, A IX 38 : German prayer book

Georgius Carpentarii
This small-format devotional book is from the library of the lay brothers of the Carthusian Monastery of Basel. It was written by ten different hands and contains, in addition to numerous prayers, the legend of Hugh of Lincoln, a treatise on the Passion, as well as a “Cisiojanus” (a poem for remembering religious feast days and holidays, named for the incipit of the Latin version).

Fribourg/Freiburg, Couvent des Cordeliers/Franziskanerkloster, Ms. 15 : Henricus de Isny, Veritates questionum ex opere Bonaventurae super librum sententiarum; Veritates theologiae Bonaventurae

Goeckelmann Henricus, Nicolas Raedlé & Sanctus Bonaventura
Excerpts from Bonaventure's commentary on Peter Lombardus' Sentences, written by the Franciscan Heinrich von Isny (Bishop of Basel, 1275-1286). Ownership note on f.1r (Johannes Joly). Colophons f. 336vb (frater Henricus), f. 337ra (Antonius de Maasmünster, scribe, 1478), f. 352ra (Johannes Joly, scribe, 1478). Former chained book with pressed leather cover of the 15th century.

Bern, Burgerbibliothek, Cod. 756.78 : Ulrich von dem Türlin: Arabel (fragment)

Hans Bloesch, Hans P. Kraus & Von Dem Türlin Ulrich
Remnants of a manuscript of the Arabel by Ulrich von dem Türlin, which constitutes the backstory to the Willehalm by Wolfram von Eschenbach. Purchased by the Burgerbibliothek in 1937 from Hans Peter Kraus, antiquarian book dealer in Vienna.

Genève, Bibliothèque de Genève, Ms. fr. 74 : Jean Lemaire de Belges, Destruction de Troye (Illustrations de Gaule et singularitez de Troye, book II)

Alexandre Petau, Paul Petau, Ami Lullin & Jean Lemaire De Belges
This early 16th century manuscript contains book II of the Illustrations de Gaule et singularitez de Troye by Jean Lemaire de Belges (1473-1524), followed by the XXIV coupletz de la valitude et convalescence de la royne trescrestienne and the virelai “Espritz haultains“. This is the only known manuscript to contain these three texts. It was signed by Lemaire de Belges’s own hand (f. 199v).

Genève, La Bibliothèque juive « Gérard Nordmann », HEB 0002 : Astronomical and geographical work

Daṿid Ben Shelomoh Gans
This manuscript is a copy of only one of six extant manuscript exemplars and an old print of this work (1743) worldwide. Its author is the famous Bohemian rabbi, astronomer and mathematician R. David ben Salomon Gans (1541-1613). In his 1974 monograph about David Gans, André Neher referred to this copy as the Manuscrit de Genève. A colophon in the manuscript gives the date as 1613, but a current study on the history of the...

Cologny, Fondation Martin Bodmer, Cod. Bodmer 709 : Collection of texts related to the worship of Viṣṇu

This is a composite manuscript, written in Devanāgarī script bearing the influence of the Kashmiri style, bringing together a number of ritual texts dealing with the worship of Viṣṇu. 1. (ff. 1_1r-1_6r) preparatory texts and rituals (without a single name or title), starting with a likely Pāñcarātra-influenced set of ritual practices, namely, nyāsas, and dhyānas, i.e. assignment of deities, and syllables to various parts of the body and the visualisation of the main deity. 2....

Basel, Universitätsbibliothek, A IV 6 : Composite manuscript of theological content

Textor Guilelmus, Von Messina Bonjohannes, Michael Furter, CanR Johannes Herstael & Papa Gregorius I
This manuscript, parts of which are dated, is from St. Leonhard Monastery of the Canons Regular of St. Augustine; it contains mostly patristic and liturgical texts. For a while, this volume, along with the corrections later added to the manuscript, served as a model in the printshop of Michael Furter of Basel, who in 1496 edited the Expositio super cantica canticorum, which has been preserved among the works of Gregory the Great, but today is...

Basel, Universitätsbibliothek, O I 18 : Thüring von Ringoltingen, Story of the beautiful Melusine

Ludwig Sieber, Daniel Huber, Von Ringoltingen Thüring, Ruman Fäsch & Meyer Zum Pfeil Niklaus
Nikolaus Meyer zum Pfeil, city clerk of Basel, owned a large collection of incunabula of mostly German entertainment literature and himself copied a number of manuscripts, such as this Melusine by Thüring von Ringoltingen in 1471. The paper manuscript contains 38 colored pen and ink drawings, which apparently are by two different painters. Because sheets were lost, the current text has gaps; it is unclear whether illustrations were lost as well.

Basel, Universitätsbibliothek, M V 5 : Nasabnāma

& Rudolf Tschudi
This Persian-Arabic manuscript, written in Herat by ʿAbdallāh al-Harawī and completed Middle of Šaʿbān 871 h. [= end of March 1467], contains genealogical information about the Prophet Muhammad and his descendants, as well as about people important to the subsequent history of the eastern part of the Islamic world and of Central Asia, among them the Khan of Moghulistan, Tughluq Timur († 1363). Sayyid Ǧalāladdīn Mazīd Bahādur is named as the person who commissioned the...

Schlatt, Eisenbibliothek, Mss 23 : H. [Hermann] Wedding, About the Freiberg smelting industry; Procedures of the Freiberg smelteries. Copy from a notebook by H. Th. [Hieronymus Theodor] Richter; H. [Hermann] Wedding, various notes

Hermann Wedding
This manuscript is a collection of notes, which were compiled by Hermann Wedding (1834-1908), later professor of ferrous metallurgy at the Bergakademie Berlin (mining academy), during his visits to the smelteries in Freiberg (Saxony) in 1856/57. The notes were taken while he was a student at the Freiberg mining academy and include his own observations of the procedures at the various silver and lead smelteries around Freiberg. The notes also contain copies of relevant scientific...

Basel, Universitätsbibliothek, B II 11 : Gospel Book

Ludwig Sieber, Jakob Louber, Heinrich Arnoldi, Antonius Rüstmann, Adolf Brower & Flaccus Alcuinus
This Gospel Book, written in an accurate Carolingian book hand, was probably created in the Marmoutier abbey by Tours. It features richly decorated initials and artistically designed frames for the canon tables. The manuscript was a gift to the Carthusians of Basel from the former dean of Rheinfeld, Antonius Rüstmann, in 1439.

Basel, Universitätsbibliothek, A XI 64 : Prayer book of Elisabeth Blumin

Elisabeth Blumin & Von Indersdorf Johannes
This manuscript contains, among others, prayers by Johannes von Indersdorf for Duke William III of Bavaria, the seven Penitential Psalms, as well as texts on the passion and the deposition of Christ. The major part of the prayer book was written in the years 1534 and 1540, more prayers filled in blank sections until the 1560s. The exact provenance of the manuscript is unknown, but the written language as well as the textual tradition suggest...

Basel, Universitätsbibliothek, M VI 135 : Velāyet-i Ḫāksār Ḥācı Bektāş Velī

& Rudolf Tschudi
Legendary biography of the founder of the Bektashi Order, Ḥāǧǧī Bektāş Velī from Khorasan (Eastern Iran/Afghanistan), written in Ottoman Turkish. The manuscript was written by ʿAbdallāh Ibn Aḥmad el-Merzīfōnī and was completed on 20. Ǧumādā II 1165 h. [= 5 May 1752]. It was part of the collection of oriental manuscripts of the Islamic scholar and turkologist Rudolf Tschudi (1884-1960), from where it came to the University Library Basel.

Solothurn, Staatsarchiv, R 1.1.9 : Boethius, De institutione musica (Liber IV, cap. 18, Liber V, Capitula), fragment

Anicius Manlius Severinus Boethius
A leaf in Carolingian minuscule, containing a fragment of De institutione musica by Boethius (Liber VI, chap. 18 and Liber V, Capitula). It constitutes the upper half of the left leaf of fragment R 1.1.10 from the state archives of Solothurn. It is part of the same manuscript as the fragments R 1.5.7, R 1.5.8 and R 1.1.11 from the above-mentioned archives. It was probably used as binding for a document from the archives of...

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