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Bern, Burgerbibliothek, Cod. 803 : Rotulus von Mülinen: Recipes, incantations, blessings, De taxone liber; alphabetical glossary of plants

Familie Mülinen, Conrad Pfister & Johann Lindt
This manuscript is probably from Murbach Abbey; it is an example of the transmission of texts by the medium of the medieval scroll. The Rotulus von Mülinen contains more than 460 recipes, incantations and blessings in Latin, with selective interlinear glosses in Old High German. In addition there is an isolated recipe purely in Old High German Contra paralysin theutonice. The verso side contains an extensive glossary with over 1500 lemmas from the field of...

Zürich, Schweizerisches Nationalmuseum, LM 51690.3 : Fragment from a Book of Hours

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One of six parchment leaves from a book of hours, written in bastarda and datable to the second half of the 15th century. It contains illuminated initials, executed in gold on a background alternating between blue and pink; ornamental vine scrolls, sketched in pen and decorated with trifoliate leaves, extend from the initials to the margin. One of the fragments (no. 5) contains a part of the Litany of the Saints.

Zürich, Schweizerisches Nationalmuseum, LM 4624.2 : Breviary of Jost von Silenen, pars aestivalis

Von Silenen Jost, Adrian Riadmatten & Silenen-Meister
Breviary in two volumes, created in 1493 for Jost von Silenen († 1498), the Bischop of Sion from 1482 until his dismissal in 1497. Richly decorated, the miniatures are the work of an itinerant artist active in Fribourg, Bern and Sion during the final decades of the 15th century and known by the name Master of the breviary of Jost von Silenen. At the beginning of the 16th century, he continued his work in Aosta...

St. Gallen, Stiftsbibliothek, Cod. Sang. 850 : Cicero, Tusculanae disputationes, De finibus bonorum et malorum, De natura deorum, De divinatione

Marcus Tullius Cicero & Papst Nikolaus V.
This codex, written in humanist minuscule, contains philosophical works by Marcus Tullius Cicero (106–43 BC): pp. 3–121 Tusculanae disputationes (“Tusculan Disputations”), pp. 121–248 De finibus bonorum et malorum (“On the Ends of Good and Evil”), pp. 249–344 De natura deorum (“On the Nature of the Gods”) and pp. pp. 345–416 De divinatione (“On Divination”). The coat of arms on p. 3 (four bearded male faces in profile, arranged in a circle) most likely was that...

St. Gallen, Stiftsbibliothek, Cod. Sang. 583 : Mechthild von Hackeborn, Liber specialis gratiae

Franz Eduard Buchegger, Pater Pius Kolb, De Prussia Conradus, Gallus Morel, Lentulus, Ildefons Von Arx, Johannes Tauler, Von Hackeborn Mechthild & Gustav Scherrer
This codex contains the first five books of the Liber specialis gratiae by Mechthild von Hackeborn; books 6 and 7 are missing. On p. 3 there is also a fragment of the Epistola de Ihesu Christo by Ps.-Lentulus Romanus de Judea. The notes on p. 224, which name Johannes Tauler and Konrad (in the codex: Johannes) of Prussia as previous owners, suggest an origin in a Dominican environment. In the 15th century, this manuscript belonged...

St. Gallen, Stiftsbibliothek, Cod. Sang. 3 : Bible (Gn, Ex, Lv, Nm, Dt, Ios, Idc, Rt)

Mediolanensis Ambrosius & Sophronius Eusebius Hieronymus
This manuscript in two columns contains a copy of the first eight books of the Old Testament (Pentateuch, Joshua, Judges, Ruth) that was transcribed at the monastery of St. Gall in the 12th century. At the beginning (p. 1) and at the end (p. 254), there are, in addition to occasional pen trials and additional notes in Latin and in German, copies of two hymns with neumes (Veni redemptor gentium by Ambrose and Jesu redemptor...

St. Gallen, Stiftsbibliothek, Cod. Sang. 1116 : University Lecture Notes from the Collège des Cholets in Paris

Morus Hubertus & Enk Mauritius
Transcriptions, prepared by Mauritius Enk (1538-1575) of the Abbey of St. Gall, of lectures by Hubertus Morus (Hubert Meurier, 1535–1602) on the third and fourth book of the Libri magistri sententiarum (Peter Lombard’s Sentences). The lectures on the third book (pp. 7–109) took place from April 22 until June 27, 1566; those on the fourth book (pp. 199–433) from May 7 until August 14 (19?), 1566. This transcription of lectures has a Parisian calfskin binding...

St. Gallen, Stiftsbibliothek, Cod. Sang. 76 : Biblia latina utriusque Testamenti

Sophronius Eusebius Hieronymus
Complete Bible in large-format, only the Psalms and the Book of Baruch are not included. The individual books are introduced by initials in red ink over several lines (e.g., p. 3). The inside of the back cover shows imprints of pages in uncial script, probably a 5th century version of a Vetus Latina.

St. Gallen, Stiftsbibliothek, Cod. Sang. 4 : Isidore of Seville, Commentary on the Old Testament Books Ex, Dt, Ios, Idc; Copy of the Book of Leviticus (Lv) with interlinear commentary

Diethelm Blarer Von Wartensee & Hispalensis Isidorus
This manuscript contains as its first part Isidore of Seville’s commentary on the Old Testament Books Exodus (pp. 1−44), Deuteronomy (pp. 44−53), Joshua (pp. 53−62) and Judges (pp. 62−71). These commentaries are a part of his work Mysticorum expositiones sacramentorum seu quaestiones in vetus testamentum. The second part (pp. 73−135), written in a different, more accurate hand, contains a copy of the Book of Leviticus with a more extensive interlinear commentary that was planned from...

Cologny, Fondation Martin Bodmer, Cod. Bodmer 600b : The Life of Buddha, second book (Shaka no Honji, ge)

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The book belongs to the category of nara ehon, a type of polychrome, illustrated narratives published from the Muromachi period though to the first half of the Edo period. The term nara ehon has been widely applied to all illustrated books from these periods since the Meiji era, but its origin is unclear. The format of nara ehon differs, depending on the period. Early examples from the Momoyama to the very early Edo period are...

Zürich, Schweizerisches Nationalmuseum, LM 51690.4 : Fragment from a Book of Hours

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One of six parchment leaves from a book of hours, written in bastarda and datable to the second half of the 15th century. It contains illuminated initials, executed in gold on a background alternating between blue and pink; ornamental vine scrolls, sketched in pen and decorated with trifoliate leaves, extend from the initials to the margin. One of the fragments (no. 5) contains a part of the Litany of the Saints.

St. Gallen, Stiftsbibliothek, Cod. Sang. 628 : Abbreviated version of the Universal Chronicle of Platterberg/Truchseß; Jean de Mandeville, Travel to India

Ildefons Von Arx, Hildesheimensis Johannes, Pater Pius Kolb, Mandeville John, Dietrich Truchsess, Jakob Twinger Von Königshofen, Hans Schiltberger, Marcus Tullius Cicero, Johannes Platterberger, Von Diemeringen Otto & Meister Babiloth
The largest part of this voluminous manuscript consists of an abbreviated version of the Universal Chronicle of Platterberg/Truchseß, completed in 1459 (pp. 3−796), which in the older literature is also referred to as the “St. Gall Universal Chronicle.” This chronicle also contains the so-called St. Galler Cato (pp. 259−260; Disticha Catonis; Von Catho dem weysen und seinen spruchen), a partial German translation of the work De officiis by Marcus Tullius Cicero (pp. 263−265); as well...

Zürich, Schweizerisches Nationalmuseum, LM 4624.1 : Breviary of Jost von Silenen, pars hiemalis

Von Silenen Jost, Silenen-Meister & Adrian Riadmatten
Breviary in two volumes, created in 1493 for Jost von Silenen († 1498), the Bischop of Sion from 1482 until his dismissal in 1497. Richly decorated, the miniatures are the work of an itinerant artist active in Fribourg, Bern and Sion during the final decades of the 15th century and known by the name Master of the breviary of Jost von Silenen. At the beginning of the 16th century, he continued his work in Aosta...

St. Gallen, Stiftsbibliothek, Cod. Sang. 525 : Composite manuscript with, among others, commentary on the hymnal, Vocabularius Ex quo, Speculum humanae salvationis

Ildefons Von Arx, De Sancto Caro Hugo & Pater Pius Kolb
Composite manuscript containing mainly theological texts and, as the largest part (pp. 61–212), the Vocabularius Ex quo. The remaining works are a commentary on the hymnal, where each verse of a hymn alternates with the corresponding explanation (pp. 1–56), a short treatise De humani cordis instabilitate (pp. 57–60), sermons (pp. 212–229, 240–268 and 268–273), the life of Albert of Trapani (Albertus Siculus) (pp. 230–239), the Speculum humanae salvationis (pp. 274–335), a short treatise on virtues...

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

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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...

St. Gallen, Stiftsbibliothek, Cod. Sang. 533 : Directorium perpetuum of the Monastery of St. Gall, Serie prima, Regulae 1-2

Franz Gaisberg, Ildefons Von Arx, Fridolin Sicher, Nikolaus Bertschi & Johannes Cuontz
The Directorium perpetuum of the monastery of St. Gall, commissioned by Abbot Franz von Gaisberg (1504–1529), consists of seven volumes (Cod. Sang. 533–539). A total of 36 regulae contain the liturgical rules for the Liturgy of the Hours for all possible annual calendars, due to the variable date of Easter. Each rule begins with Epiphany; the rules for the holidays of the Christmas season until the Vigil of Epiphany (which do not depend on the...

Genève, Bibliothèque de Genève, Ms. l.e. 206 : Composite manuscript of Waldensian treatises and sermons

Jean Léger & Jean Senebier
This manuscript was probably written in the 15th century in the Waldensian Valleys of Piedmont (Italy). As also with a large part of the remaining Waldensian manuscripts, now dispersed across various European libraries, this is a collection of various treatises, sermons and upraising or doctrinaire texts. This manuscript probably reached Geneva around 1661, where it was brought, together with other manuscripts, by the Waldensian pastor Jean Léger. Classified as a Spanish manuscript by Jean Senebier...

St. Gallen, Stiftsbibliothek, Cod. Sang. 1115 : University Lecture Notes from the Jesuit College de Clermont in Paris

Aurelius Augustinus, Enk Mauritius & Juan De Mariana
Transcriptions, prepared by Mauritius Enk (1538-1575) of the Abbey of St. Gall, of lectures about the Holy Scripture (Isagoge in sacram scripturam) presented by the Spanish Jesuit Johannes Marianus (Juan de Mariana, 1536–1624). This text is on pp. 33–269. In addition, the volume contains excerpts from Augustine (pp. 19–21 from letter 28 to Jerome, with an alphabetical index on pp. 1–12; pp. 27–28 from the Confessiones), as well as a short treatise about confession before...

Cologny, Fondation Martin Bodmer, Cod. Bodmer 600a : The Life of Buddha, first book (Shaka no Honji, jō)

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The book belongs to the category of nara ehon, a type of polychrome, illustrated narratives published from the Muromachi period though to the first half of the Edo period. The term nara ehon has been widely applied to all illustrated books from these periods since the Meiji era, but its origin is unclear. The format of nara ehon differs, depending on the period. Early examples from the Momoyama to the very early Edo period are...

St. Gallen, Stiftsbibliothek, Cod. Sang. 965 : 15th century composite manuscript containing ascetic-mystical texts

Sanctus Bonaventura, Von Neumarkt Johannes, Kölner Friedrich, Johannes Tauler, Ratisbonensis Bertholdus, Von Kempen Thomas, Ildefons Von Arx, Von Lindau Marquard & Meister Eckhart
This composite manuscript in Northeastern Swiss-Alemannic dialect was probably written for the community of the sisters of St. Georgen above St. Gall; it contains numerous shorter and longer texts by known and unknown authors, among them: pp. 1−106: Thomas à Kempis, 3rd book of the Imitatio Christi; pp. 106−123: Bonaventure, excerpts from the work De triplici via; pp. 124−126: preacher of St. Georgen, sermon Geistliche Blume; pp. 126−134: Meister Eckhart (attributed), treatise Von der Vollkommenheit;...

St. Gallen, Stiftsbibliothek, Cod. Sang. 1119 : University Lecture Notes from the Collège de Navarre in Paris Paris, Collège de Navarre

Juan De Maldonado, Enk Mauritius, Michael Dionysius & Lombardus Petrus
This volume contains four texts: 1. (pp. 1–149) Transcriptions of lectures by Michael Dionysius about the Libri magistri sententiarum (Peter Lombard’s sentences), prepared by Mauritius Enk (1538-1575) of the Abbey of St. Gall. Dionysius began the lectures on 10 December 1565 (p. 1) and discontinued them on 4 February 1566 for want of auditors (p. 149; ob defectum auditorum). 2. (pp. 153–195) Annotationes de immortalitate animae by the Spanish Jesuit Johannes Maldonatus in a transcription...

Cologny, Fondation Martin Bodmer, Cod. Bodmer 601a : Tale of Ise, first book (Ise Monogatari, jō)

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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...

Utopia, armarium codicum bibliophilorum, Cod. 110 : Book of hours by the Master of Charles VIII – possibly a supplement to Utopia Cod. 111

Maggs Bros. Ltd.
In addition to the unusual book for King Charles VIII described in Utopia Cod. 111, there is another book of hours that was painted by the same artist. Its border decoration remained incomplete, and all the large images follow not the usual canon of images for books of hours, but instead depict unconventional motifs. What strikes the eye in both manuscripts is the motif of the family tree of Adam, which creates an optical link...

Zürich, Schweizerisches Nationalmuseum, LM 51690.6 : Fragment from a Book of Hours

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One of six parchment leaves from a book of hours, written in bastarda and datable to the second half of the 15th century. It contains illuminated initials, executed in gold on a background alternating between blue and pink; ornamental vine scrolls, sketched in pen and decorated with trifoliate leaves, extend from the initials to the margin. One of the fragments (no. 5) contains a part of the Litany of the Saints.

Zürich, Braginsky Collection, B49 : Siddur according to the Italian Rite (Nussah Roma)

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The Roman rite, generally known as Nussah Roma, is the oldest order of prayer outside the ancient lands of Israel and Babylonia, retaining many old Palestinian traditions. The ornamentation of this manuscript includes many attractive initial word panels, decorated with geometric designs and floral pen work, usually in red and blue ink. The illuminated opening page contains the initial word Ribbon (Master [of all Worlds]), which is set within a rectangular panel with red and...

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