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Basel, Universitätsbibliothek, F II 15
Paper · 117 ff. · 29.5 x 21-22 cm · 2nd quarter of the 15th century
Astronomica

This composite manuscript with content regarding astronomy, bound in crimson sheepskin, was owned by Heinrich Amici († 1451), city physician of Basel, who bequeathed it to the city’s Carthusian monastery. In addition to calculations of planetary conjunctions and eclipses, the volume also contains astronomical treatises by Pierre d’Ailly or Petrus de Alliaco (around 1350-1420). D’Ailly was a scholar and church politician and infused his theological works with astrological justifications. (flr)

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Basel, Universitätsbibliothek, F II 20
Parchment · 152 ff. · 24.5-25 x 17.5-18 cm · 13th century
Aristoteles, De animalibus libri XIX

Since the 9th century, Aristotle’s Historia animalium, an orderly description of various creatures, had been available in an Arabic translation, which Michael Scotus translated into Latin in 1220. The decoration of the initials in this manuscript, which Johannes Heynlin purchased in Paris and bequeathed to the Carthusian monastery of Basel, is rich in drolleries. Throughout the volume, there are annotations by various hands. (flr)

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Basel, Universitätsbibliothek, M I 18
Parchment · 1 f. · 15.5 x 18.5 cm · 619 to 629 AD
List with information about military recruitment

Information about the conscription of troops. It names several cities along the Nile (among them Elephantine, Herakleion, Oxyrhynchus) that had to supply soldiers for the Persian commander Šērag. This document, written in Middle Persian (Pahlavi) on parchment, dates from between 619 and 629 AD, the time of the Sassanid occupation of Egypt. (wur)

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Basel, Universitätsbibliothek, M VI 48
Paper · 14 ff. · 18 x 11.5 cm · 1st half of the 18th century (at the latest 1746)
Awrād-i šarīfa

Collection of prayers in the form of litanies (awrād), attributed to a Šayḫ Wafāʾ. The manuscript must have been completed before 1746, because in this year it was consigned to a religious foundation by Bašīr Āġā, a dignitary of the Ottoman court. The author cannot be conclusively ascertained since there are several people known by the name Šayḫ Wafāʾ. This manuscript probably belongs in the context of Islamic mysticism (Sufism), which was firmly established as an institution in the Ottoman-Turkish society of the period. The manuscript comes from the collection of the Islamic scholar and turkologist Rudolf Tschudi (1884-1960). (wur)

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Basel, Universitätsbibliothek, M VI 135
Parchment · 302 ff. · 22 x 16 cm · 20. Ǧumādā II 1165 h. [= 05.05.1752]
Velāyet-i Ḫāksār Ḥācı Bektāş Velī

Legendary biography of the founder of the Bektashi Order, Ḥāǧǧī Bektāş Velī from Khorasan (Eastern Iran/Afghanistan), written in Ottoman Turkish. The manuscript was written by ʿAbdallāh Ibn Aḥmad el-Merzīfōnī and was completed on 20. Ǧumādā II 1165 h. [= 5 May 1752]. It was part of the collection of oriental manuscripts of the Islamic scholar and turkologist Rudolf Tschudi (1884-1960), from where it came to the University Library Basel. (wur)

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Basel, Universitätsbibliothek, M V 5
Paper · 31 ff. · 27.5 x 18 cm · Herat · middle of Šaʿbān 871 h. [= end of March 1467]
Nasabnāma

This Persian-Arabic manuscript, written in Herat by ʿAbdallāh al-Harawī and completed Middle of Šaʿbān 871 h. [= end of March 1467], contains genealogical information about the Prophet Muhammad and his descendants, as well as about people important to the subsequent history of the eastern part of the Islamic world and of Central Asia, among them the Khan of Moghulistan, Tughluq Timur († 1363). Sayyid Ǧalāladdīn Mazīd Bahādur is named as the person who commissioned the manuscript; he probably was part of the local upper class. Interspersed in the text are quotations from the Koran, prayers and poems; an appendix gives exact death dates for three people who passed away in the year 869 h. and who may have been part of the circle of the man who commissioned the manuscript. The decoration of the manuscript is incomplete, as can be seen from an only partially completed rosette (3r) and a missing family tree (26v). The manuscript was owned by Rudolf Tschudi (1884-1960).  (wur)

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Basel, Universitätsbibliothek, N I 2:12-13
Parchment · 2 ff. · 30 x 26-26.5 cm · Upper Rhine region (?) · 2nd quarter of the 9th century
Basel scroll

The texts on which the Basel scroll is based were written in the Holy Land at the behest of Charlemagne. This somewhat later copy might have been produced in the region of the Upper Rhine; it constitutes the only textual witness. Not only the content of the texts, but also the original scroll form were preserved. In his comprehensive study from 2011, Michael McCormick supposes an administrative use at the court of Louis the Pious or Louis the German. It is not clear how the fragments reached the University Library Basel; they were removed from a volume that was not further identified in the second third of the 19th century by the librarian Franz Dorotheus Gerlach. (stu)

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Basel, Universitätsbibliothek, N I 3:13 + 15
Parchment · 4 ff. · 31 x 22.5-23 cm · Lorsch · beginning of the 9th century
Oribasius Latinus (fragments)

Two individual bifolios with different excerpts from the work of the Greek physician Oribasius Latinus (4th century). Originally the fragments were probably from the same codex from Lorsch Abbey. They were created at the beginning of the 9th century, and in the 16th century they were used as bookbindings in the Carthusian Monastery of Basel. (stu)

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Basel, Universitätsbibliothek, O I 18
Paper · 83 ff. · 29 x 20.5-21 cm · Basel · 1471
Thüring von Ringoltingen, Story of the beautiful Melusine

Nikolaus Meyer zum Pfeil, city clerk of Basel, owned a large collection of incunabula of mostly German entertainment literature and himself copied a number of manuscripts, such as this Melusine by Thüring von Ringoltingen in 1471. The paper manuscript contains 38 colored pen and ink drawings, which apparently are by two different painters. Because sheets were lost, the current text has gaps; it is unclear whether illustrations were lost as well. (flr)

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Basel, Universitätsbibliothek, O II 14
Parchment · 134 ff. · 30.5 x 22 cm · around 1100
Hrabanus Maurus, Expositio super Jeremiam prophetam, Libri XX (fragment)

This manuscript, disbound and surviving only in fragments, was used in 1543 by the printer Heinrich Petri from Basel as model for his edition of the Rabani Mauri Moguntinensis archiepiscopi commentaria in Hieremiam prophetam. Various signs from typesetting as well as traces of printing ink provide evidence for such a use. From Petri’s print shop, the manuscript became part of the collection of Remigius Fäsch and, together with the other holdings of the Museum Faesch, in 1823 it became the property of the University of Basel. The original provenance of the manuscript is not clear. (stu)

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Bern, Burgerbibliothek, Cod. 389
Parchment · 249 ff. · 23 x 16 cm · France · about 1290-about 1300
Chansonnier français: Trouvère C

Late 13th century songbook from Lorraine (Metz?); the manuscript has empty staves throughout. It contains 524 trouvère songs by anonymous as well as by named authors and includes various genres, religious texts and many songs that are transmitted only in this source. (mit)

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Bever, Dorfarchiv Bever, B 4
Paper · 8 ff. · 22 x 16 cm · Bever · 1558-1562
Artichels del 1558 (Statutes of the community of Bever)

This manuscript contains the statutes of the community of Bever from 1558 (ff. 1r-5v). After 1560, these were used as the basis for developing new statutes; in the course of this, the articles were sometimes supplemented and crossed out after having been copied, but without any loss of text. The draft of the new statutes was continued on blank pages; a fair copy of this text has not survived. (dar)

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Bever, Dorfarchiv Bever, B 5
Paper · 193 ff. · 19.5 x 14.5 cm · Bever · 1584-1661
Ls Artichels, u Aschantamains, & Estem, dalla Vschinaunchia da Biuer (The articles or statutes of the neighborhood of Bever 1584-1661)

This manuscript contains the statutes and the respective lists of land appraisals from 1584 (ff. 1-30), 1589 (ff. 33-58), 1593 (ff. 60-85), 1597 (ff. 88-115) and 1601 (ff. 117-146), occasionally with additional decisions made by the community. These are followed by appraisals for the years 1613, 1617, 1625, 1629, 1637, 1641, 1645, 1649, 1653, 1657 and 1661 (ff.155-186), which provide an overview of the development of the community’s financial circumstances over 70 years. (dar)

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Fribourg/Freiburg, Bibliothèque cantonale et universitaire/Kantons- und Universitätsbibliothek, Ms. L 46
Parchment · 375 ff. · 19 x 12.5 cm · (Payerne) · second half of the 12th century
Breviarium monasticum ad usum cluniacensem

This manuscript contains a complete monastic breviary. The decoration consists of red, blue and green initials with additional pen and ink drawings of floral, anthropomorphic and zoomorphic motifs. Several initials on the first pages (ff. 8-11) were framed on a gold background, probably at a later time. Of French origin, this breviary was used in Payerne from the 12th century on; after the secularization of the priory, it passed into private ownership. (ber)

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Fribourg/Freiburg, Bibliothèque cantonale et universitaire/Kantons- und Universitätsbibliothek, Ms. L 61
Parchment · 391 ff. · 16.5 x 12.5 cm · around 1300
Breviarium Lausannense

Breviary for use in the diocese of Lausanne. Additions to the calendar attest that this manuscript was used in a Dominican monastery in Lausanne from the 14th century on. The decoration consists of initials with mostly floral ornamentation and drolleries in the margins. This codex was heavily trimmed when it was rebound in the 18th century. (ber)

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Fribourg/Freiburg, Bibliothèque cantonale et universitaire/Kantons- und Universitätsbibliothek, Ms. L 2030
Paper · A + IX + 454 pp. · 29 x 20.5 cm · Fribourg (?) · around 1483
Peter von Molsheim, Fribourg chronicle of the Burgundian Wars

This paper manuscript contains the Fribourg chronicle of the Burgundian Wars in German, inspired by the Kleiner Burgunderkrieg by Diebold Schilling (1477), but from the perspective of Fribourg. This chronicle, which for a long time had been forgotten, is attributed to Peter von Molsheim from Bern, who is to have written it at the behest of the Council of Fribourg. The initials and illustrations were not executed. (ber)

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Fribourg/Freiburg, Couvent des Cordeliers/Franziskanerkloster, Ms. 24
Paper · 158 ff. · 29 x 20 cm · Fribourg (Switzerland) · 1383
Bertrandus de Turre, Sermones epistolarum dominicalium

Sermons by the Franciscan Bertrand de Turre (Sermones epistolarum dominicalium); from the holdings of Friedrich von Amberg (guardian in Fribourg, † 1432), who in 1393 had a professional scribe copy these sermons (f. 134r-v, regarding the cost f. 153r) and compile a table of contents (ff. 147-153). The 14th century binding with wooden boards and formerly with a chain was restored by Father Otho Raymann before 2007. (zim)

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Fribourg/Freiburg, Couvent des Cordeliers/Franziskanerkloster, Ms. 66
Paper · 102 ff. · 21.5 x 14.5 cm · Freiburg in Br. · 1384
Fritsche Closener, German-Latin and Latin-German Lexicon

German-Latin and Latin-German dictionary by the cleric Fritsche Closener; in 1384 Friedrich von Amberg (guardian in Fribourg, † 1432) had the scribe Gregorius copy this lexicon (colophon f. 101v). This is an important, alphabetically-arranged dictionary with brief translations of words, with additions and supplements by Friedrich von Amberg. The 14th/15th century binding with wooden boards and formerly with a chain was completely restored by Father Otho Raymann in 1998 (see ms. 139 regarding the original binding). The originally loose parts of the manuscript (f. B, ff. I-XX) are now securely bound. (zim)

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Fribourg/Freiburg, Couvent des Cordeliers/Franziskanerkloster, Ms. 139
Parchment · 115 ff. · 14.5 x 11 cm · before 1432
Collection of anonymous sermons

Collection of anonymous sermons (Quadragesima) from the early 14th century, containing 96 sermons. The foliation by Friedrich von Amberg (guardian in Fribourg, † 1432) indicates that the manuscript is incomplete. Catchwords by Friedrich von Amberg, ownership note f. 115v. Typical white leather binding from the Franciscan workshop, non-restored chained volume (cf. ms. 66). (zim)

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Samedan, Chesa Planta Samedan, Ab 31
Paper · 44 pp. · 15 x 10 cm · 1639
[La chianzun da la guerra dalg Chiaste da Müs] (The song of the Musso War)

This is the oldest surviving copy of Gian Travers’ epic verse report about the events of the Musso War of 1525/1526, written in 1527. This report is the oldest known Romansh (bünderromanische) text. Johan Schucan from Zuoz signed as scribe; at the time of this copy, he was Protestant pastor in Zernez. (dar)

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