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Appenzell, Landesarchiv Appenzell Innerrhoden, LAAI, C.II.01
Paper · 126 pp. · 31 x 24 cm · 1519-1520
Book of accounts 1519-1520

On 126 paper pages, this volume contains the income and expenditures of the territory of Appenzell  from February 1519 to February 1520. These accounts are among the most important sources for researching the history of the yet undivided region. (fre)

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Appenzell, Landesarchiv Appenzell Innerrhoden, LAAI, C.II.02
Paper · 390 pp. · 31 x 23 cm · 1521-1527
Book of accounts 1521-1527

On 390 paper pages, this volume contains the income and expenditures of the territory of Appenzell from July 1521 to August 1527. These accounts are among the most important sources for researching the history of the yet undivided area. (fre)

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Appenzell, Landesarchiv Appenzell Innerrhoden, LAAI, C.II.03
Paper · 280 pp. · 29.5 x 22.5 cm · 1527-1530
Book of accounts 1527-1530

On 280 paper pages, this volume contains the income and expenditures of the territory of Appenzell from August 1527 to January 1530. These accounts are among the most important sources for researching the history of the yet undivided area. (fre)

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Appenzell, Landesarchiv Appenzell Innerrhoden, LAAI, C.II.04
Paper · 328 pp. · 35.5 x 26 cm · 1530-1534
Book of accounts 1530-1534

On 328 paper pages, this volume contains the income and expenditures of the territory of Appenzell from January 1530 to May 1534. These accounts are among the most important sources for researching the history of the yet undivided area. (fre)

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Appenzell, Landesarchiv Appenzell Innerrhoden, LAAI, C.II.05
Paper · 238 pp. · 31.5 x 23 · 1534‒1537
Book of accounts 1534‒1537

On 238 paper pages, this volume contains the income and expenditures of the territory of Appenzell from May 1534 to May 1537. These accounts are among the most important sources for researching the history of the yet undivided area. (fre)

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Appenzell, Landesarchiv Appenzell Innerrhoden, LAAI, C.II.06
Paper · 220 pp. · 30 x 23 cm · 1537-1540
Book of accounts 1537-1540

On 220 paper pages, this volume contains the income and expenditures of the territory of Appenzell from May 1537 to May 1540. These accounts are among the most important sources for researching the history of the yet undivided area. (fre)

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Basel, Universitätsbibliothek, R III 3
Paper · III + 28 + I ff. · 19.5-19.7 x 14.4-14.5 cm · Ashkenaz · 16th century
Sefer Avqat Rokhel attributed to Makhir ben Isaac of Toledo

The Avqat Rokhel is a selection of eschatological writings arranged in three ‘books’ with several sections each, attributed to Makhir ben Isaac Sar Hasid of Toledo (14th c.), a student of Judah ben Asher (1270-1349), son of Asher ben Yehiel (Rosh, c.1250-1327). Only its title is identical with a later work on responsa by Joseph Caro (1488-1575) (Ed. Princ. Salonica, 1791). The title of the work is taken from a verse of the Songs of Songs 3: 6 [Who is this that cometh up out of the wilderness like pillars of smoke, perfumed with myrrh and frankincense, with all powders of the merchant/ perfumer (אבקת רוכל)?] and can be translated as “The perfumer’s powders”. (iss)

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Bern, Burgerbibliothek, Cod. 253
Paper · II + 107 + II ff. · 29-29.2 x 20.7-21 cm‎ · Ashkenaz · 2nd half 15th century
Tur Oraḥ Ḥayim, first book of the Arba’ah Turim by Jacob ben Asher

The Arba’ah Turim is a work of legal nature and is divided into four books, the first of which is found in MS Cod. 253 is the Tur Oraḥ Ḥayim or ‘Path of Life’ and encloses laws on daily Jewish practices of blessings (i.e. washing hands in the morning, tefilin, tsitsit), prayer and laws on the Sabbath, festivals and Torah readings. This section also includes aspects of the Hebrew calendar relative to the annual liturgy. (iss)

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Bern, Burgerbibliothek, Cod. 388
Parchment · 135 ff. · 22.5–23 x 16–16.5 cm · End of the 13th century/beginning of the 14th century
Composite manuscript: Thierry de Vaucouleurs, Vie de Saint Jean l’évangéliste; Prophéties de Merlin; Sept sages de Rome

This composite manuscript consists of three parts and was probably written in Picardy. The manuscript contains a rare legend of St. John, the Prophecies of Merlin, and the Tale of the Seven Sages of Rome; it was probably written for private use. Once owned by Isabel d'Esch, a member of one of the most important families of Metz, as can be determined from notes of ownership, the volume came to Bern in 1632 from the holdings of Jacques Bongars. (tra/mit)

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Bern, Burgerbibliothek, Cod. 433
Parchment · 79 ff. · 21.5-22 x 17.5-18 cm · 2nd third of the 9th century
Cicero (Pseudo-): Rhetorica ad Herennium; Catalogus librorum

This textual witness of the Rhetorica ad Herennium, erroneously attributed to Cicero, was produced in the Loire area. The manuscript gained great attention in the 19th century already because it contains a short library catalog from the 11th/12th century, which probably refers to books from the Abbey of Saint-Mesmin de Micy. The claim that the manuscript originated in Fleury, proposed by many earlier authors, is uncertain and has been rejected several times in recent times. This volume came to Bern in 1632 from the property of Jacques Bongars. (all/mit)

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Bern, Burgerbibliothek, Cod. 451
Parchment · 145 ff. · 21.5 x 21 cm · Part I (f. 1–8): around 869; Part II (f. 9–147): 2nd third of the 9th century
False decretals; Curtius Rufus: Historia Alexandri; Notitia provinciarum Galliae; Laterculus provinciarum; Notitia locorum urbis Romae; excerpts from Curtius Rufus.

One of the oldest and most important manuscripts of the Alexander story by Curtius Rufus; it probably was copied on the initiative of Lupus of Ferrières at the local abbey. A quire bound in the front contains a collection of excerpts from the Pseudo-Isidorian papal letters (= false decretals) which has been preserved only here. This collection is larger than the related partial collection by Hinkmar of Laon and most probably stems from the common 'legal invention', which was thought to have been lost. The final pages of the manuscript contain a geographical index of the late Roman administration and notes on the city of Rome. This volume came into the possession of Pierre Daniel, who annotated it extensively; in 1632 the manuscript came to Bern as part of Jacques Bongars' collection. (all/mit)

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Cologny, Fondation Martin Bodmer, Cod. Bodmer 123
Parchment · 16 ff. · 19.4 x 12.5 cm · Germany (?) · 11th or 12th century (early?)
Ovidius, Fasti (fragments)

These fragments of Ovid’s Fasti were discovered around 1700 in the monastery school of Ilfeld and have since been known as "Fragmentum Ilfeldense". In 1956 they became part of the collection of Martin Bodmer, after they had been used as endpapers or in a book binding. The Fasti is a poem in elegiac couplets, the theme of which is the Roman calendar – only the first six months – as well as the changes introduced at the beginning of the Empire with the feast days in memory of Augustus. (rou)

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Cologny, Fondation Martin Bodmer, Cod. Bodmer 183
Parchment · 7 ff. · 48.5-75.5 x 15.5-18.2 cm · England or France (?) · middle of the 13th century
Peter of Poitiers, Compendium historiae in genealogia Christi

The historical-biblical compilation by Peter of Poitiers (around 1130-1205), the Compendium historiae in genealogia Christi, was very widely used during the last centuries of the Middle Ages. Like many other examplars of this text, this copy was written on a parchment scroll, but at an unknown date it was cut into 7 parts. Figurative medallions and schemata, most of them genealogical, cover the entire work and thus represent a continuous line of world history, from the Fall of Man (f. 1) to the Christmas story (f. 5). (rou)

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Delémont, Musée Jurassien d'Art et d'Histoire, MJ.1950.20
Parchment · 275 ff. · 39.5 x 26 cm · 1502-1794
Genealogical Register of the Canons of the Diocese of Basel, 1502-1794


This register, consisting of 275 leaves, contains the coats of arms of the canons of the diocese of Basel, from the election of Bishop Christoph von Utenheim in 1502 to the last prince-bishop, Franz Xaver von Neveu in 1794. Over three centuries, painters added to these parchment sheets over 2,300 coats of arms in color. From 1682 on, complete family trees appeared, which proved that the church dignitaries had the requisite sixteen quarters of nobility (sixteen noble ancestors in the generation of the great-great-grandparents). (pic)

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Fribourg/Freiburg, Bibliothèque cantonale et universitaire/Kantons- und Universitätsbibliothek, L 339
Parchment · 198 ff. · 9.5 x 7 cm · Northern Germany · 1305 (?)
Prayer book

This small but extensive (198 ff.) prayer book is written in a variant of North German (Middle Low German). In accordance with the female form in many of the prayers, it was intended for a woman. With the exception of one full-page miniature depicting Christ as the gardener before Mary Magdalene (Noli me tangere), all illuminations have been removed. An ex-libris on the front pastedown informs us that this small manuscript was a gift to the Fribourg Library in 1891 from Franz Xaver Karker, canon of Wroclaw Cathedral. (ber)

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Fribourg/Freiburg, Bibliothèque cantonale et universitaire/Kantons- und Universitätsbibliothek, L 390
Paper · 268 ff. · 29 x 21 cm · Rüeggisberg · around 1425-1428 (Part 1), 1486 (Part 2)
Cartulary-tribute register of the Priory of Rüeggisberg

This document contains the cartulary and the tribute register of the Cluniac priory of Rüeggisberg in the canton of Bern, which was the first Cluniac priory in the German-speaking area and probably the oldest monastery in the Bernese area. The manuscript consists of two different parts, which were probably joined together in Bern at the beginning of the 16th century, or in 1484, when the priory was abolished and its assets were incorporated into the newly founded St. Vincent monastery of Bern. The first part (ff. 1-200 and 261-267) contains transcriptions made between 1425-1428 of various documents and bulls, and of the priory’s register of tributes, which in turn had been copied from even older cartularies. The second part (ff. 201-260) contains documents copied from the collegiate monastery of St. Vincent in Bern. (ber)

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Fribourg/Freiburg, Bibliothèque cantonale et universitaire/Kantons- und Universitätsbibliothek, L 573
Parchment · 125 ff. · 28 x 20 cm · Fille-Dieu (?) · 1455
Officium capituli cisterciense ad usum monialium

Cistercian capitulary for the nuns of Fille-Dieu Abbey in Romont. In addition to the martyrology and the necrology, the manuscript contains the Rule of Benedict in French. The text was probably written at the Abbess's request and copied by Uldry Charbodat, the priest of Romont, who describes his work in a poem. In it he confirms that he received the parchment from Catherine de Billin (f. 107r). The Capuchin Apollinaire Dellion (1822-1899) donated the manuscript to the Fribourg library in 1879. (ber)

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Fribourg/Freiburg, Bibliothèque cantonale et universitaire/Kantons- und Universitätsbibliothek, L 1946
Parchment · 161 ff. · 37 x 26-26.5 cm · 15th century
Missale Lausannense

This missal from the diocese of Lausanne reflects the contents of manuscript Ms. 7 from the Franciscan monastery of Fribourg. The manuscript is decorated with elegant fleuronné letters in red, blue and green, and the page with the Te igitur is framed by a frieze of flowers with a bird holding a flower in its beak. The opposite side, which probably contained a miniature with the crucifixion, has been cut out. The missal was part of the collection of Karl Friedrich von Steiger (died 1982) and was purchased by the BCU Fribourg in 1991. (ber)

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Fribourg/Freiburg, Couvent des Cordeliers/Franziskanerkloster, Ms. 63
Paper · 179 ff. · 21.5 x 14.5 cm · last third of the 14th century
Ricardus de Mediavilla; Mönch von Heilsbronn; Iohannes de Burgundia; Sermones

A later title plate describes the content: Sermones de beata virgine super Missus est. Item tabula, in qua continentur 7 virtutes and, by a later hand, Tractatus contra pestem et tractatus super Egredietur virga. The first text (1r-48r) offers an explanation of the Hail Mary in 14 sermons. Friedrich von Amberg annotated the Tractatus bonus de VI nominibus corporis Christi by the Cistercian monk of Heilbronn (67r-97v). This is followed by the copy of a treatise on the plague (100r-105r), the Good Friday postil by the Dominican Antonius Azaro Parmensis (f. 105v-123r), and additional texts which probably interested Amberg as sermon material. (zim)

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Fribourg/Freiburg, Couvent des Cordeliers/Franziskanerkloster, Ms. 107
Parchment and paper · 75 ff. · 19-19.5 x 14-14.5 cm · second third of the 14th century
Sermones; Rudolfus de Biberaco

The back label names the three original titles: Tractatus de septem donis spiritus sancti. Sermones super Cantica. Itinera eternitatis fratris Rudolfi de Bibraco. The scribe Bernoldus is named on f. 70r (probably 2nd half of the 14th century). Preserved in the present volume are: the alphabetical subject index for De septem donis (f. 1r-3v), the index for the Itinera eternitatis (20r-24r), the text of the Itinera itself (f. 29r-70r), and some additional sermons. Lost are the texts De septem donis and Sermones super Cantica. Friedrich von Amberg provided usage instructions for the subject indexes. He also thoroughly corrected and annotated the text of the Itinera eternitatis. Amberg had the texts bound in Fribourg/Switzerland. (zim)

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