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Basel, Universitätsbibliothek, H V 15 : Hans and Peter Roth, Pilgrimages to Jerusalem 1440 and 1453

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This small-format manuscript contains accounts written by Hans Rot († 1452) and his son Peter Rot († 1487) about their pilgrimages to the Holy Land in 1440 and 1453. It is possible that the notes are in their own handwriting.

Bern, Burgerbibliothek, Cod. 756.72 : French notarial document (manuscript waste as binding of Cod. 172)

This fragment was removed from Cod. 172‬‬ during the restoration of the previous binding; presumably it originated in the legal office of Pierre Daniels in Orléans, as attested by the fact that his name is on the document.

Cologny, Fondation Martin Bodmer, L-5.2 : Alphonse de Lamartine, Les Visions (Song II), autograph

Around the 1820s, Lamartine undertook an ambitious poetic work: Les Visions. Although several fragments thereof were used in Jocely (1836) or in La Chute d’un ange (1838), most of these verses remained unpublished for 30 years, with the poet tirelessly reworking, changing and correcting them until the final publication in 1851. This autograph of Song II contains a passage of ten verses that ultimately were not published (ellipsis marks the place in the original edition).

Cologny, Fondation Martin Bodmer, E-4.1 : Albert Einstein, Ether and Relativity Theory, autograph

At the beginning of his visiting professorship at the Reichs-Universität of Leiden, on May 5, 1920, Albert Einstein gave this lecture with the title “Ether and Relativity Theory.” This copy, in his own handwriting, contains numerous corrections and deletions. The lecture was published in the same year. Einstein later often returned to the concepts set forth in this lecture.

Cologny, Fondation Martin Bodmer, M-23.3 : Guy de Maupassant, Le rosier de Madame Husson, autograph

With his six novels and his famous collections of over 300 short stories, Guy de Maupassant (1850-1893) has earned a place among the most important French writers of the end of the 19th century. He presented an often unvarnished picture of provincial as well as Parisian society of his time. This is the case in the present story, the only one to have had a separate original edition preceding its publication in the collection of...

Genève, Bibliothèque de Genève, Ms. lat. 85 : Dictionary of Tironian notes

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This manuscript is remarkable because of its contents as well as its age: it is a dictionary of Tironian notes, copied in the 9th century. While puzzling at first glance, this dictionary is written as lists of signs, the "Tironian notes", accompanied by their Latin meanings. This shorthand from antiquity supposedly survived until the Carolingian era.

St. Gallen, Stiftsbibliothek, Cod. Sang. 942 : 15th century Composite Manuscript from the Monastery of St. Gall containing, among other items, alphabetical excerpts of writings by the Church Fathers, Bonaventure’s work Soliloquium, and the 10th/11th century Consuetudines Fuldenses

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This composite manuscript from the Monastery of St. Gall, written and compiled by several hands in the 15th century, contains (in addition to shorter texts and numerous blank pages): excerpts in alphabetical order of Latin writings by church fathers regarding various theological concepts (De abiectione – De voto; pp. 3−179); the work Soliloquium by the Franciscan theologian and philosopher Bonaventure (1221−1274; pp. 181−266); a copy of the anonymous work Stella clericorum that was often adopted...

Cologny, Fondation Martin Bodmer, Cod. Bodmer 149 : Diego de San Pedro, Carcel de amor

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This manuscript contains François Dassy's French translation of Carcel de amor by Diego San Pedro (1437-1498). This translation is also based on Lelio Manfredi’s Italian translation, completed in 1513. Diego de San Pedro is a Spanish pre-Renaissance poet and storyteller; perhaps he was of Hebrew origin but converted to Christianity. Carcel de amor, one of his two best-known novellas, is a sentimental romance about the overcoming of passionate love through reason; it was first printed...

Cologny, Fondation Martin Bodmer, Cod. Bodmer 184 : Maximos Planudes, Vita Aesopi

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A luxurious copy of the Life of Aesop, part historical and part legendary, that was compiled around 1300 by Maximos Planudes. These pages once constituted the first part of a manuscript of Aesop's Fables , which today is held primarily in New York. It was written in Florence between 1482 and 1485 by Démétrios Damilas, one of the main scribes at the court of the Medici, for Lorenzo the Magnificent’s young son Piero II de'...

St. Gallen, Stiftsbibliothek, Cod. Sang. 1426 : History of the house of the lay brothers of the Monastery of St. Gall

The St. Gall Conventual P. Joseph Bloch (1754−1799) compiled this history of the lay brothers of the Monastery of St. Gall from numerous sources in 1793. The text is written partly in Latin and partly in German. In the first part (fol. 6r−21r), Bloch introduces the institution of the lay brothers. He describes the residences of the lay brothers or conversi over the centuries, he discusses their tasks and duties and their conduct with respect...

Genève, Bibliothèque de Genève, Ms. fr. 80 : Les faits des Romains

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This work, also known by the title „Livre de Jules César,“ contains a collection of texts by Julius Caesar, Sallust, Suetonius and Lucan; it was written in the years 1211-1214. The author, still unknown, intended to recount the history of the first twelve Roman emperors, but he terminated this undertaking at the end of the story of the life of Julius Caesar. The decoration of the manuscript from Geneva is by various hands; the principal...

Appenzell, Landesarchiv Appenzell Innerrhoden, M.03.02/PfAA A 2.3 : Sermones de tempore et de sanctis

The volume Sermones de tempore et de Sanctis contains sermons for Sundays and holidays which, according to information on the last page, were written down until 1466 by the primissarius Michael Kuhn in Hundwil. Today the volume is the property of the parish St. Mauritius in Appenzell.

St. Gallen, Stiftsbibliothek, Cod. Sang. 1091 : Book of wax tablets

Seven wooden tablets, bound together each between two later-added front and back paper guard leaves; the first tablet is filled only on the verso side with black-dyed wax, the following five are filled on both sides, the last is not filled. The format of the wooden tablets without the paper reinforcements is 14.8 x 8 cm. According to Wilhelm Wattenbach (in: Anzeiger für Kunde der deutschen Vorzeit 1873, p. 79f.), the tablets probably are “Bruchstücke...

St. Gallen, Stiftsbibliothek, Cod. Sang. 545 : Antiphonarium

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Antiphonary for the entire church year, written in German plainsong notation (“Hufnagelnotation”) on four lines. The volume probably originated in a French or Burgundian-Flemish Benedictine monastery; at least since about 1510, it has been part of the library of the Monastery of St. Gall. The book decoration consists of several large initials painted in opaque colors with scrolls and numerous cadels decorated with faces or animal motifs.

[sine loco], codices restituti, Cod. 1 (Codex Florus dispersus) : Augustinus Hipponensis, Epistolae et Sermones (Codex restitutus)

"Codex Florus dispersus” contains a virtual reconstruction of a manuscript of letters and sermons by Augustine. It was written by a single hand in a late 7th or early 8th century uncial script. The manuscript evidently originated in France, perhaps in Luxeuil or in Lyon. Originally the manuscript contained at least 30 quinions (at least 300 leaves), of which 117 leaves remain today. One part with 63 leaves from the original quires 4-11 is currently...

[sine loco], codices restituti, Cod. 2 (Frowinus dispersus) : Gregorius M., Moralia in Job., t. I (Codex restitutus)

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This codex contains a virtual reconstruction of Engelberg Abbey Library’s Cod. 20 with the first volume of Gregory the Great’s Moralia in Iob. It contains the first (ff. 6r-99r) and second part (99r-193v), each divided into five books. At the front of the volume there used to be a full-page illustration consisting of an artistic portrayal of Job with his three friends (upper half) and a portrayal of Gregory the Great and a writing monk...

Luzern, Zentral- und Hochschulbibliothek, P 33 4° : Berno Augiensis; Walahfridus Strabo

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This manuscript contains the life of Ulrich by Berno of Reichenau and the lives of St. Gall and St. Othmar. by Walafrid Strabo, as well as a copy of a document on the early history of St. Urban's Abbey, which is among the oldest surviving manuscripts in the St. Urban library.

Engelberg, Stiftsbibliothek, Cod. 142 : Expositio Basilii episcopi et abbatis super regulam S. Benedicti abbatis

This is a witness of the so-called Basilius-version of the commentary on the Benedictine Rule, attributed to Hildemar of Corbie (died around 850). According to research by Hafner, this manuscript originated at Reichenau in the second half of the 9th century.

Luzern, Zentral- und Hochschulbibliothek, Msc. 41. fol. : Nicholas of Lira, Commentary on the Bible

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Contains the commentaries of French Franciscan Nicholas of Lira (ca. 1270/1275-1349) on the Old Testament Books of Numbers and Deuteronomy, with illustrations produced in central Switzerland.

Luzern, Zentral- und Hochschulbibliothek, Msc. 43. fol. : Nicholas of Lira, Commentary on the Bible

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The commentaries of French Franciscan Nicholas of Lira (ca. 1270/1275-1349) on the Old Testament Books of I and II Kings (III and IV Kingdoms), I and II Chronicles, I and II Maccabees, with illustrations produced in central Switzerland.

Cologny, Fondation Martin Bodmer, Cod. Bodmer 10 : Aristoteles, Opera; Avicenna, De congelatione seu De mineralibus; Nicolaus Damasceus, De plantis; Costa-Ben-Luca, De differentia spiritus et animae; Alexander Aphrodisiensis, Opera

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Manuscript CB 10 was probably intended for educational use, it contains works of Aristotle, Avicenna, Nicolaus Damascenus, Qusta Ibn-Luca and Alexander Aphrodisiensis. This manuscript, written on parchment during the 13th century, presumably belonged to a student of the Faculty of Arts in Leipzig, as may be concluded from a list of lectures attended during the year 1439 which is included in the codex. The list contains the names of the professors, titles of the texts...

Cologny, Fondation Martin Bodmer, Cod. Bodmer 17 : Benedeit, The Voyage of Saint Brendan

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Four fragments of parchment, separated from a binding, contain parts of the account of the so-called Navigatio sancti Brandani, the sea voyage of St. Brendan, an Irish monk of the fifth and sixth centuries. The work in Latin prose, handed down anonymously, is considered a classic of medieval hagiography and travel literature; since the 10th century, it has been preserved in numerous manuscripts. This version is an Anglo-Norman translation by the monk Benedeit (about 1120).

Cologny, Fondation Martin Bodmer, Cod. Bodmer 168 : Waldef, Guy de Warwick, Otinel

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The manuscript held by the Fondation Martin Bodmer contains the only exemplar of the long Anglo-Norman roman lignager (family history tale) Waldef. This text, originally written at the beginning of the 13th century, consists of some 22,300 octosyllabic couplets celebrating the lives of its hero and his sons; after a long preamble going back to the Roman occupation of England, the tale recounts love and separation, travels and battles using conventional imagery. This manuscript was...

Cologny, Fondation Martin Bodmer, Cod. Bodmer 64 : Euripides, Phoinissae

Following Aeschylus (Seven Against Thebes) and Sophocles (Oedipus the King, Euripides sought to treat the Theban myth in a new way in his writing. The first pages of this manuscript, copied around the end of the 15th century on paper, lay out the plot summary of the work, call to mind the prophecy about Oedipus and the riddle of the Sphinx, and then present the list of characters. The page following the transcription of the...

Cologny, Fondation Martin Bodmer, Cod. Bodmer 188 : William of Conches, Dragmaticon, and the Compotus, Texts on Science and Astronomy

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This manuscript contains the Dragmaticon, a work by the scholar Wilhelm de Conches, a member of the School of Chartres. It is possible that the codex was produced in about 1230 in the area of Cologne in a scholastic circle and that it is among the oldest surviving texts of the Dragmaticon, which is transmitted in a total of about 70 medieval manuscripts. The portable format, assorted schemata and tables provided, and the script used...

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