680 Works

Cologny, Fondation Martin Bodmer, Cod. Bodmer 40 : Jean Bodel, Chanson de Saisnes

Jean Bodel
Jean Bodel, who was a member of the Brotherhood of Buskers and a bourgeois (middle-class resident) of Arras, wrote his Chanson des Saisnes (Song of the Saxons) during the last third of the 12th century. This epic in Alexandrine verse tells of the war prosecuted by Charlemagne against the Saxon King Guiteclin. The Chanson exists today in three manuscripts (a fourth was completely destroyed in the fire at the library of Turin) which present different...

Cologny, Fondation Martin Bodmer, Cod. Bodmer 111 : Macrobius, Commentarius in Ciceronis Somnium Scipionis

Ambrosius Theodosius Macrobius, Gaius Plinius Secundus & Anicius Manlius Severinus Boethius
This 10th century parchment manuscript contains a commentary on the Somnium Scipionis by Macrobius, followed by excerpts from the Naturalis historia of Pliny the Elder and from De institutione musica by Boethius. The codex also includes diagrams which portray, for example, the Earth and the constellations.

Cologny, Fondation Martin Bodmer, Cod. Bodmer 189 : Les Vœux du paon [by Jacques de Longuyon]

Jacques De Longuyon
In about 1310 the Bishop of Liège, Thibaut de Bar, commissioned Jacques de Longuyon to write the "Vœux du paon", which extends the tradition of the Alexander romance. Thirteen miniatures and a number of filigreed initials adorn the alexandrine monorhyme stanzas of the poem.

Cologny, Fondation Martin Bodmer, Cod. Bodmer 57 : Dante, Commedia, etc. Codex Severoli

Bosone Da Gubbio, Bernardo Scannabecchi, Dante Alighieri, Benevenutus Imolensis, Menghino Da Ravenna Mezzani, Duc Jean Bourgogne & Jacopo Alighieri
Copied in 1378 by Francesco di maestro Tura of Cesena, who included both a date and a signature at the end of the volume, the Codex Severoli opens each of the three sections of the Commedia with an historiated initial. A number of interlinear glosses explicate the verses of the Paradiso. (mes)

Cologny, Fondation Martin Bodmer, Cod. Bodmer 162 : Thucydides, De bello Peloponensium

In his De bello Peloponensium, Thucydides fully achieves the work of a historian, as he shows the origins of the Peloponnesian War and then relates its events year by year with great exactitude. This parchment manuscript is extraordinarily beautiful in its illustrations, especially the two "putti" and the human figure in the center of one initial, wearing a blue suit of armor and holding a sword. The humanistic script, a slightly angular cursive, is the...

Cologny, Fondation Martin Bodmer, Cod. Bodmer 78 : Guido de Columnis, Historia destructionis Troiae

Guido De Columnis
This 14th century parchment manuscript preserves the "Historia destructionis Troiae" by Guido de Columnis for posterity. Its 187 miniatures crafted by Giustino da Forli portray the most important scenes of the Trojan War against a background of the Gothic architecture of Venice. The margins of the manuscript reveal written traces of the collaborative efforts of the copyist and the illuminator: the scribe made notes in Venetian dialect indicating the plan for incorporating a series of...

Cologny, Fondation Martin Bodmer, Cod. Bodmer 144 : René d'Anjou: Le mortifiement de vaine plaisance

Duc René Anjou
This manuscript contains the tract "Le Mortifiement de Vaine Plaisance" by King René of Anjou. This allegorical poem, composed in 1455, invites people to live a holy life by means of a dialogue between soul and heart about abstinence from unsatisfying earthly things. CB 144 is decorated with eight full-page miniatures made by Jean Colombe in about 1470.

Cologny, Fondation Martin Bodmer, Cod. Bodmer 61 : Eike von Repgow: Sachsenspiegel

Eike Von Repgow
The "Sachenspiegel" by Eike von Repgow is one of the oldest books of law in the German language. This parchment manuscript, CB 61, was produced at the beginning of the 15th century and contains codes of common and feudal law.

Cologny, Fondation Martin Bodmer, Cod. Bodmer 59 : Meister Eckhart

Johannes Frank Von Köln, Aurelius Augustinus, Johannes De Sterngassen, Johannes Von Nördlingen & Eckhart Meister
Manuscript CB 59 brings together in one contemporaneous binding three manuscripts that were produced independently of one another. All three show the influence of Alemannic dialect and all three were produced at the end of the 15th entury. They offer a selection of sermons in written form, originally composed by Meister Eckhart or others in the circle of the Rheinish Master of mysticism. The first part could have been completed in an atelier in Constance...

Cologny, Fondation Martin Bodmer, Cod. Bodmer 39 : Giovanni Boccaccio, Elegia di madonna Fiammetta

The Elegia di madonna Fiammetta, dedicated to "women in love", describes in the first person the feelings of the young Neapolitan Fiammetta, who has been left by her beloved Panfilo. The Elegia, a prose work written by Boccaccio in his youth, praised for the subtlety of its psychological approach, mixes autobiographical elements and obvious references to Latin literature. It is preserved here in a manuscript copied in 1467 by Giovanni Cardello da Imola, whose regular...

Cologny, Fondation Martin Bodmer, Cod. Bodmer 131 : Petrarch and Dante, Rime

Francesco Petrarca, Guido Guinizelli, Guido Cavalcanti, Cinus De Pistorio & Dante Alighieri
This manuscript unites two different collections of Italian poetry: a collection of 380 poems by Petrarch and a collection of works by the preceding generation of poets, especially Dante. In this mysterious "libro de la mia Comare" (Book of my Godmother), the poems of Petrarch are recorded in an archaic script, augmented here and there with individual glosses which are not found elsewhere, apparently in an effort to introduce these texts to a female readership.

Cologny, Fondation Martin Bodmer, Cod. Bodmer 186 : Festus Pompeius, De verborum significatu

Aristophanes, Titus Livius, Gaius Plinius Secundus, Gaius Suetonius Tranquillus, Publius Vergilius Maro, Apicius, Aulus Gellius, Lucius Annaeus Philosophus Seneca, Plutarchus, Sextus Pompeius Festus, Lucius Caecilius Firmianus Lactantius, Servius, Marcus Tullius Cicero, Marcus Terentius Varro, Paulus Diaconus & Quintus Asconius Pedianus
The text De verborum significatu by the Latin grammarian Pompeius Festus is an extremely valuable dictionary of Latin language and mythology for those seeking to understand the world of the Romans. This manuscript is of Italian origin and retains its contemporary binding with a wooden cover. It was written during the 15th century on parchment and contains lovely gilded initials on a blue and red background. Quotations have been added in the margins to explain...

Cologny, Fondation Martin Bodmer, Cod. Bodmer 89 : Horatius, Opera (cum glossis)

Quintus Horatius Flaccus & Caecilius Balbus
The countless marginal and interlinear glosses in CB 89 are evidence of the rediscovery of the works of Horace during the 12th century. This copy was produced in France.

Cologny, Fondation Martin Bodmer, Cod. Bodmer 53 : Quintus Curtius, The Life and Deeds of Alexander the Great

Quintus Curtius Rufus & Plutarchus
This French translation of the story of Alexander, destined to belong to Charles the Bold, was commissioned by Vasco da Lucena, "the Portugese", a retainer of the Infanta Isabella, who was married to Philip the Good. This revival of the work by Quintus Curtius Rufus, which is augmented by texts from Plutarch, Valerius Maximus, Aulus Gellius and Justin, allows the author to liberate the Macedonian conqueror from legends perpetuated by the medieval tradition. The Miroir...

Cologny, Fondation Martin Bodmer, Cod. Bodmer 135 : [Peter of Eboli], The Baths of Pozzuoli

Petrus De Ebulo
"De Balneis Puteolanis", a didactic poem by the Salerno physician Petrus de Ebulo, describes the health benefits of about thirty healing springs found in the region around Pozzuoli and Baia, Italy. This work was widely disseminated in Latin as well as in Italian and French translations. It describes baths that were destroyed by an earthquake in 1538. The manuscript is decorated with full-page illustrations and was probably produced in the artistic circle of René de...

Cologny, Fondation Martin Bodmer, Cod. Bodmer 136 : Plato, Dialogues

Marsilius Ficinus, Leonardo Bruni & Platon
An exceptional testimony of the "Renaissance" that rediscovered Platonism, as opposed to the medieval Thomism based on Aristotle, CB 136 was copied by the hand of the great Florentine humanist Leonardo Bruni, also called Aretino. This manuscript on parchment, written in a regular calligraphy, contains many philosophical dialogues, and it served as the basis for the Latin translation made by Aretino. (mes)

Cologny, Fondation Martin Bodmer, Cod. Bodmer 124 : Ovid, Metamorphoses, Fasti

Oricus De Capriana, Publius Ovidius Naso & Flaccus Alcuinus
The double page at the beginning of this manuscript of the Metamorphoses and the Fasti of Ovid shows its connections to antiquity: the use of initials in the fashion of antiquity, the purple tint that colors the entire double page and the laurels that crown the poet's verses and anchor the production of this volume in the Italian Renaissance. The dedication in golden letters on the back of the first page confirm this origin: the...

Cologny, Fondation Martin Bodmer, Cod. Bodmer 148 : Sala (Pierre): Tristan

Pierre Sala
"Tristan", written by Pierre Sala of Lyon in the years 1520-1528, derives from the medieval Italian tradition of the "Tristan" and "Lancelot" story cycles in prose about the knights of the round table. Stories about the idealized friendship between Tristan and Lancelot shift between the adventures of the knights of the round table and their romantic intrigues. A mere two manuscripts transmit this Renaissance work by Pierre Salas. The codex held by Fondation Bodmer is...

Cologny, Fondation Martin Bodmer, Cod. Bodmer 132 : Petrus de Vinea, Epistulae

Clemens IV, Papa, Bonfilius Aretinus, I Charles D'Anjou, Petrus De Vinea & Innocentius Papa
This manuscript contains a collection of letters exchanged in the court circle of Friedrich II., assembled in about 1270 at the papal Curia as a collection, which is generally attributed to Petrus de Vinea (Chancellor of Friedrich II.; ca. 1200-1249). This collection has been reproduced in over 230 manuscripts and was long regarded as a model for writers because of the elegant language used in the letters. The role of the collection as a model...

Cologny, Fondation Martin Bodmer, Cod. Bodmer 8 : Archimedes, Opera . Eutocius, Commentarii in Archimeden . Hero Alexandrinus, De mensuris

Eutocius Ascalonius, Heron Alexandrinus & Archimedes
Multiple treatises by Archimedes are brought together in Codex Bodmer 8, notably On the Sphere and Cylinder and The quadrature of the Parabola. This manuscript, which was written in about 1541 on paper, also includes commentaries on the work of the celebrated mathematician by the geometer Eutocius, followed by a treatise on instruments of measurement by Heron of Alexandria. (jos)

Cologny, Fondation Martin Bodmer, Cod. Bodmer 160 : History of Thebes and History of Troy

Guido De Columnis
The Theban and Trojan sagas held an important place in the literature of the middle ages. The contents of manuscript CB 160, written in 1469 on paper by Jacotin de Lespluc (« escript par la main de Jacotin de Lespluc »), form part of this tradition. This codex contains a prose version of the "Historia trojana" by Guido delle Colonne and a history of Thebes that closely follows the "Histoire ancienne jusqu'à César". The ink...

Cologny, Fondation Martin Bodmer, Cod. Bodmer 85 : Homer, Iliad with scholii

Homerus & Ioannes Tzetzes
CB 85, a manuscript of the Iliad on paper, was copied during the 13th century in Terra d'Otranto, a famous center of Greek culture in southern Italy. The text by Homer is accompanied by interlinear and marginal scholii and commentaries by the Byzantine scholar John Tzetzes. (mes)

Cologny, Fondation Martin Bodmer, Cod. Bodmer 19 : Pseudo-Bernard of Clairvaux

Ecbertus Schonaugiensis & Jacopone Da Todi
This manuscript, produced in 1480 at the Cistercian Abbey of Maulbronn (Diocese of Speyer, Württemberg, cf. f. 44r), contains texts written by Ekbert of Schönau, the brother of St. Elizabeth of Schönau, as well as prayers to Mary written in another hand.

Cologny, Fondation Martin Bodmer, Cod. Bodmer 18 : Benoît de Sainte-More: Roman de Troie, Thèbes (Roman de)

Benoît De Sainte-More
In the middle of the 12th century the Latin works of Statius and Virgil as well as adaptations of Homer were translated into the vernacular. At the same time these Latin texts were being brought into the "romance" language (French), the first examples of the French poetic form called the "Roman" or Romance were being written. CB 18, a parchment manuscript, contains two such works, the "Roman de Troie" by Benoît de Sainte-Maure and the...

Cologny, Fondation Martin Bodmer, Cod. Bodmer 48 : Chaucer, Canterbury Tales (to l. 1061)

Geoffrey Chaucer
The "Canterbury Tales" by Geoffrey Chaucer, the "Father of English Poetry", have been preserved in 82 medieval manuscripts and four incunabula editions. The copy in CB 48 was made in the 15th century by a single scribe. The manuscript is still in its original binding of suede deerskin stretched over wooden covers.

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