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Bern, Burgerbibliothek, Cod. 722.4
Parchment · 2 ff. · 19 x 17.5 cm · Germany? · 12th / 13th century
Constantinus Africanus: Viaticus (fragment)

Bifolium from a manuscript of the Viaticus by Constantinus Africanus, from a handbook for traveling doctors, translated from Arabic. Prior to 1875, Hermann Hagen detached it from a host volume from the Stadtbibliothek of Bern. (mit/san)

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Bern, Burgerbibliothek, Cod. 749.8
Parchment · 1 f. · 34.5 x 20.5 cm · Switzerland · 2nd half of the 15th century
Love letter (fragment)

A love letter in Middle High German, which came to the Burgerbibliothek Bern from the estate of Dr. Friedrich Emil Welti. (mit/san)

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Bern, Burgerbibliothek, Cod. 756.40
Parchment · 2 ff. · 19 x 14.5 / 18 x 13.5 cm · Southern Germany · end of the 13th / 14th century
Wolfram von Eschenbach: Willehalm

Remnants of a manuscript of the Willehalm by Wolfram von Eschenbach. In August 1928, Hans Bloesch detached it from codex Mss.h.h.XIV.144. (mit/san)

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Bern, Burgerbibliothek, Cod. 756.64
Parchment · 4 ff. · 24.5-26.5 x 19.5-21 cm · 2nd half of the 9th century / 1st half of the 10th century
Priscien: Institutiones grammaticae (fragment)

Fragment of a manuscript of the Institutiones grammaticae by Priscian, probably from the South of Germany; 12 more leaves from this manuscript can be found in Paris BN lat. 10403. f. 615. These four single leaves, inserted into a printed version owned by Jacques Bongars, came to Bern in 1632, where they were detached from their host volume in the 20th century. (mit/san)

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Bern, Burgerbibliothek, Cod. 756.78
Parchment · 2 ff. · 26 x 13 cm · Southern Germany · beginning of the 14th century
Ulrich von dem Türlin: Arabel (fragment)

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. (mit/san)

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Bern, Burgerbibliothek, Cod. A 45
Paper · 159 ff. · 30 x 22 cm · Königsfelden · 1479-1482
Österreichische Chronik der 95 Herrschaften

This Österreichische Chronik der 95 Herrschaften was copied around 1479 by Clemens Specker in Königsfelden Monastery. It is followed by a song about the War of Aargau, texts about King Frederick III, Konrad Pfettisheim’s story of Peter von Hagenbach, a song about Charles the Bold, the Swiss Annals by Clemens Specker, as well as pasted woodcuts of the Nine Worthies. It is richly decorated with miniatures and coats of arms. A copy of Cod. A 45 from 1597 can be found in BBB Mss.h.h.VI.74. After the dissolution of the monastery, the codex passed into private hands in Bern in 1528, and in the 17th/18th century, it became part of the Stadtbibliothek of Bern. (mit/san)

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Bern, Burgerbibliothek, Cod. A 95.1
Paper · 4 ff. · 27.5 x 20 cm · France · 1370-1380
Fragment of a chansonnier: Trouvère c

Fragment of a 14th century French Trouvère manuscript. It contains 18 jeux-partis (17 with the participation of Jehan Bretel) and a fragment of the Prise amoureuse by Jean Acart de Hesdin; all chansons except for one are attested in the parallel version. The songs have been transmitted without notation. (mit/hop)

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Bern, Burgerbibliothek, Cod. A 95.2
Parchment · 38 ff. · 14-14.5 x 10-10.5 cm · Northern France or Flanders · beginning of the 14th century (around 1314–1316)
Lanfrancus Mediolanensis: Surgery

Fragment of a contemporaneous French translation of the Chirurgia parva by Lanfranc of Milan. This small-format booklet is incomplete; it presents the oldest remaining witness of the work; the other four surviving manuscripts all date from the 15th century. Based on a text comparison with the Latin version, one must probably assume the loss of a quire at the front as well as at the back. (mit)

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Bern, Burgerbibliothek, Cod. A 95.3
Parchment · 4 ff. · 15.5 x 11.5 cm · France · 14th century
Tractatus de peccatis; Poème pieux (fragment)

The Latin part of this fragment (f. 1r3r) contains a collection of excerpts from various authors regarding sins and penance, morals, etc. The French part (f. 3v4v) contains one or two poem(s) in verse, which seem to have survived only in this fragment. (mit)

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Bern, Burgerbibliothek, Cod. A 95.4
Parchment · 13 ff. · 14 x 10 cm · France · 2nd half of the 13th century
Maurice de Sully: sermons (fragment)

Fragment of a small-format manuscript with sermons by Maurice de Sully. It contains sermons 27–36, however, the quires are arranged incorrectly: the text of quire 2 (f. 913) is followed by the text of quire 1 (f. 18). (mit)

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Bern, Burgerbibliothek, Cod. A 95.5
Parchment · 4 ff. · 27.5 x 19 cm · France · end of the 15th century
Robin Comtet: Panégyrique de Blanche de Navarre (fragment)

Fragment of a panegyric on Queen Blanche of Navarre (1331–1398), consisting of almost 400 verses. The author Robin Comtet - who mentions himself toward the end of the piece - is not otherwise known. The poem seems to have been preserved only in this copy and has not yet been published. (mit)

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Bern, Burgerbibliothek, Cod. A 95.7
Parchment · 2 ff. · 26 x 17.5 cm · France · end of the 14th century (text) –1515 (additions)
Continuation des Chroniques abrégées de Baudouin d'Avesnes (fragment)

Fragment with an excerpt from the Continuation des Chroniques abrégées by Baldwin of Avesnes (for the years 1369–1370); the text for the events of the years 1342-1383 was adopted without changes for the Chroniques de Flandres. The additions twice contain the name of Robert Migaillot, canon at Laon, who gave this manuscript as a gift to his cousin in 1515. (mit)

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Bern, Burgerbibliothek, Cod. A 95.8
Parchment · 1 f. · 26.5 x 17 cm · France · 14th century
Copie de lettre

Copy of a letter by Etienne du cimetière, prévôt d’Orléans, regarding Jean de Saint-Mesmin's confession to the maison de la chèvrerie, dated March 1331 (or 1337). (mit)

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Bern, Burgerbibliothek, Cod. A 95.9
Parchment · 4 ff. · 29 x 21 cm · France · end of the 13th / beginning of the 14th century
Lancelot en prose (fragment)

Fragment (2 bifolia) of a French manuscript of Lancelot in prose. Based on the note of sale, perhaps related to the library of Jean Buridan, philosopher and professor at the University of Paris? (mit)

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Bern, Burgerbibliothek, Mss.h.h.XV.54
Parchment · 12 ff. · 34.5 x 24.5 cm · Königsfelden · just before 1331
Necrology of Königsfelden Monastery

This fragment from Königsfelden Monastery consists of only 12 leaves (= 1 quire) and contains a complete calendar (necrology) with records of the days of death of the members of the donor family from the House of Habsburg, as well as that of the confessor of Queen Agnes of Hungary (Lamprecht of Austria), up until 1330. After the dissolution of the monastery, it passed into private hands in Bern in 1528, and in the 19th century, it was donated to the Stadtbibliothek of Bern. (mit)

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Cologny, Fondation Martin Bodmer, Cod. Bodmer 129
Parchment · IV + 12 + IV ff. · 18.5 x 10.8 cm · France (?) · 12th century (middle?)
Persius, Saturae

This manuscript contains the Satires by the Roman poet Persius – Aulus Persius Flaccus (34-62). Except for the prologue, the satires are written in hexameter; there are a modest number of verses (about 650). The satires were very popular in the Middle Ages and beyond, as even Jean-Jacques Rousseau borrowed some words from them - intus et in cute (Satire III, v. 30 - fol. 5v) - to place at the beginning of his Confessions. The addition of a paragraph in French from the Gospel of Luke on the last page of the manuscript suggests that this copy of the Satires, which goes back to the 12th century, might have been copied in France. (rou)

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Cologny, Fondation Martin Bodmer, Cod. Bodmer 157
Paper · 62 ff. · 30.2 x 21.7 cm · South Tyrol (?) (Brixen, St. Elisabeth Convent of the Poor Clares?)
Heinrich Seuse, Büchlein der ewigen Weisheit . Allegorical treatise: Die zwölf Lichter im Tempel der Seele

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 an inventory note stating that it belonged to the library of the St. Elisabeth Convent of the Poor Clares in Brixen. (ber)

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Cologny, Fondation Martin Bodmer, Cod. Bodmer 709
Paper · III + 476 + II ff. · 9.3 x 14.5 cm · Kashmir and Vṛṇdavan · 1776 or 1777
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. (ff. 1_6r-1_149v) Bhagavadgīta: the main text in this miscellaneous collection. The Bhagavadgītā ("Song of the Lord" - Viṣṇu/ Kṛṣṇa), which is a part of the Mahābhārata, book 6 from 18, is one of the most copied texts in the Hindu tradition, and this part of the Mahābhārata epic survives in a huge number of manuscripts. 3. (ff. 2_1r-2_107v) Copies of other parts of the Mahābhārata, Śāntiparvaṇ, which all are related to Viṣṇu. 4. (ff. 3_1r-6_31v) 2 parts of Pāñcarātrika Sanatkumārasaṃhitā, dealing with the praise of Viṣṇu, plus mantras including (ff. 4_1r-4_21r) Pāṇḍavagītāstotra, (ff. 5_1r-5_20v) Gopālapaṭala, (ff. 6_1r-6_23r) Gopālalaghupaddhati and other texts. 5. (ff. 7_1r-7_37v) Parts of the tantras, a. Saṃmohanatantra, dealing with the praise of Viṣṇu, i.e. Gopālasahasranāmastrotra; b. Gautamītantra, the part called Gopālastavarāja. 6. (ff. 8_1r-10_8r) Two different texts: 1. Niṃbarkakavaca, which is a production of the Nimbarka worship lineage of Vaiṣṇavas. 2. Part of ritual texts of Sāmaveda, dealing with the 5 saṃskāras, plus various vedic mantras, such as Gāyatrī, in its vaiṣṇava forms. 7. (ff. 11_1r-11_11v) Part of the Bhaviṣyotarapurāṇa dealing with the worship of the stones related to Viṣṇu from the Gaṇḍakī river (common name is shaligram). The manuscript contains 3 illuminated titles and 12 miniatures, most of which depict Kṛṣṇa. According to the colophon (ff. 11_11v-11_12r), the text was written in Kashmir, in a monastery called Ahalyamath, in 1833 Saṃvat, that is 1776 or 1777 CE, by a person called Gaṇeśa[bhaṭṭa?] Nandarāma. The second part of the colophon (partially missing), however, links the history of the manuscript to Vrindavan. (ser)

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Fribourg/Freiburg, Couvent des Cordeliers/Franziskanerkloster, Ms. 15
Paper · 352 ff. · 30 x 21.5 cm · Fribourg (Switzerland) · 1478
Henricus de Isny, Veritates questionum ex opere Bonaventurae super librum sententiarum; Veritates theologiae Bonaventurae

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. (zim)

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Genève, Bibliothèque de Genève, Ms. fr. 74
Parchment · I + 201 + I ff. · 20.1 x 28.1 cm · France · between 1512 and 1524 (most probably 1512-1513)
Jean Lemaire de Belges, Destruction de Troye (Illustrations de Gaule et singularitez de Troye, book II)

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). (des)

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