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Cologny, Fondation Martin Bodmer, L-37.1
Paper · 4 pp. · 25 x 19.9 cm · Washington · 10 July 1848
Abraham Lincoln, Letter to his partner and follower William H. Herndon, signed autograph

In this letter to his young partner William H. Herndon (1818-1891), who had remained in Chicago as head of their joint law office, Lincoln, who is about to lose his seat in Congress as a Representative of the Whig Party, offers a lesson in political philosophy. Exhausted by months of political battles against the Mexican-American War and hurt by "exceedingly painful" statements by his friend (whom he describes as "a laborious, studious young man"), the future American President presents his "so Lincolnian" advice: "The way for a young man to rise is to improve himself every way he can, never suspecting that every body wishes to hinder him." (duc)

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Cologny, Fondation Martin Bodmer, M-5.1
Paper · 4 pp. · 20 x 30.5 cm · Paris · 21 January 1628
François de Malherbe, Letter to his cousin François de Malherbe, signed autograph

While Cardinal Richelieu was besieging La Rochelle by land and by sea from September 1627 on, the poet François de Malherbe, who was very close to the government, reported on the royal council’s decisions and orientation in order to appease the concerns of his Norman cousin. In Malherbe’s opinion, there is no cause for concern: the King of England is no more than a second-rate monarch, militarily not on a par with France and not able to support the Huguenots of La Rochelle. As to the threat posed by the Reformed, Malherbe judges them to be near the end: "la Huguenoterie court fortune par toute l’Europe d’estre voisine de sa fin." (duc)

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Cologny, Fondation Martin Bodmer, R-28.3
Paper · 2 pp. · 20 x 15 cm · non daté
Arthur Rimbaud, Jeunesse II-IV, undated autograph

This autograph by Arthur Rimbaud (1854-1891) contains a fragment of a poem. Written on the recto side of a page are three sections numbered with Roman numerals from II to IV and, with the exception of the last one (IV), titled. Although the text is written in prose, the designation “sonnet” (II) could be due to the form of the excerpt in question, which is presented in 14 lines. The first section contains the sign +, which is difficult to interpret and which gives the impression that Rimbaud had planned to rework it. The numbering suggests that these three sections form a homogeneous whole together with the section Dimanche (I, BNF manuscript), thus constituting the poem Jeunesse. One can see inscriptions by other hands from after 1886: the annotation Illuminations in the upper left corner deliberately refers to the collection of poems with that same title, which was originally published in 1886. The poem Jeunesse, which consists of four stanzas, was first published by Vanier in 1895, after the Poésies complètes, as a complement to the Illuminations. (exq)

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Genève, Bibliothèque de Genève, Comites Latentes 173
Paper · VI + 173 + VI ff. · 21.7-21.9 x 15-15.5 cm · Velletri · between 1565 and 1599
Sefer Ḥokhmat Nashim

This legal manuscript with the title Sefer Ḥokhmat Nashim is part of a vernacular literary genre for women that was widely read in Ashkenazic and Italian communities since the Renaissance. This manual of prescriptions in Judeo-Italian is said to have been copied from the famous Italian kabbalist and preacher Mordechai ben Juda Dato during the second half of the 16th century. (iss)

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Genève, Bibliothèque de Genève, Comites Latentes 278
Paper · III + 1 + II f. · 25.7 x 17-18 cm · 12th century
Kitab al-Hidaya ila Faraiḍ al-Qulub

This rare Judeo-Arabic fragment is from the Kitab al-Hidaya ila Faraiḍ al-Qulub (Guide to the Duties of the Heart ) by Baḥya ben Joseph Ibn Paquda (2nd half of the 11th century). This work is of fundamental importance since it sets out the first Jewish system of ethics. The manuscript tradition of this Judeo-Arabic work is quite fragmentary because few textual witnesses remain today. (iss)

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Genève, Bibliothèque de Genève, Ms. fr. 2
Parchment · (I-III) + 474 + (IV-V) ff. · 39 x 29 cm · around 1330
Guyart des Moulins, Bible Historiale

This Bible Historiale is the Bible translated toward the end of the 13th century into French and prose by Guyart des Moulins. Presented in the form of a holy story, it joins Jerome’s Vulgata and Petrus Comestor’s Historia Scholastica. It was quickly completed by the second volume of the Bible du XIIIe siècle. Widely used in the 14th and 15th centuries; today there exist 144 complete or fragmentary exemplars. (hoc)

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Genève, Bibliothèque de Genève, Ms. fr. 168
Parchment · I + 165 + I ff. · 41 x 28.5 cm · end of the 15th century
Livres du roy Modus et de la royne Ratio

This work contains two tracts: the Livre des deduis, a handbook on hunting, and the Songe de Pestilence, an allegorical narrative that tells about the battle of the Virtues and the Vices. This Geneva examplar is attributed to the illuminator known by the name Master of Robert Gaguin. (hoc)

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Mariastein, Benediktinerkloster, ehem. zbs S 429
Parchment · I + 321 + I ff. · 9 x 6 cm · 15th century (after 1461)
Horae Diurnae [Ad Usum Monialium Ordinis Praedicatorum]

This booklet, written by a single hand around the middle of the 15th century, was used for the prayer of the little hours at the Schönsteinbach Convent of Dominican nuns in Upper Alsace. It contains the texts of the Proprium de tempore and of the Commune Sanctorum. The last part contains the Ordinarium, but it is incomplete. Philipp Jakob Steyrer, Abbot of St Peter's Abbey in the Black Forest, purchased the book in 1781; through him, it came to Mariastein Abbey. (sck)

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Mariastein, Benediktinerkloster, ehem. zbs S 508
Parchment · 50 ff. · 16 x 12 cm · 15th century (1st half)
Obsequiale [Ad Usum Monialium Ordinis Praedicatorum]

This booklet, with notes and decorated with three initials, contains the texts for the Office of the Dead, the seven penitential psalms, and prayers for a deceased Dominican nun, probably in the convent in Colmar. Judging by the script, it is from the first half of the 15th century. The book belonged to Sister Martha Gosslerin. In 1782 it was acquired by Philipp Jakob Steyrer, Abbot of St Peter's Abbey in the Black Forest; through him, the booklet came to Mariastein Abbey. (sck)

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Mariastein, Benediktinerkloster, ehem. zbs S I 177
Paper · 243 + III ff. · 29,5 / 21,2 cm · 15th century. (I: after midcentury; II: 1465/66)
Florilegium Sacrum et Profanum

This composite manuscript from the middle of the 15th century is from the Augustinian hermitage in Basel. Since 1470, several brothers there cared for the pilgrimage site Mariastein. This volume was probably left there and was found by the monks from Beinwil, when they took over the pilgrimage site in 1636. It contains, among others, sacred (S. Bonaventura), profane (Cicero, Sallust), historical (Piccolomini/Pius II.) and rhetorical (Laurentius de Aquileja) texts. The second part of the volume, containing the Rhetorica , was written in 1465/66 by the Augustinian Matthias Glaser from Breisach in Basel. A fragment glued to the interior of the front cover gives information regarding the content of the volume. (sck)

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Müstair, Benediktinerinnenkloster St. Johann, XVIII Nr. 3
Parchment · 47 ff. · 25 x ca. 33.5 cm · Müstair · 1394
Urbarium

Register of ownership compiled in 1394, at the behest of Abbess Luzia I, by the notary Jakob von Schluderns; a fair copy was written on parchment by his son Peter. The register records 517 leaseholds in 36 localities. The ornamentation is simple, but beautifully executed. Important are two large figures in color, representing John the Baptist as patron and Charlemagne as founder of the monastery. Valuable from the point of view of historical linguistics is a passage in the vernacular that is copied in the urbarium as part of a Latin document from 1389. This is the oldest testimony of the Romansh language of the Engadine, or rather of the Val Müstair. (ack)

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Müstair, Benediktinerinnenkloster St. Johann, XVIII Nr. 9
Parchment · 18 ff. · 26.5 x 35.5 cm · 1418
Urbar

Urbarium compiled in 1418 by the notary Jakob von Schluderns and written by his son Peter. This is one of three registers of ownership compiled during the tenure of Abbess Agnes II. Kytz (1418-1436); it not only gives information about the status of the monastery’s possessions, but also makes clear how hard the abbess strove to preserve them. (ack)

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Müstair, Benediktinerinnenkloster St. Johann, XVIII Nr. 12
Parchment and paper · II + 23 ff. · 16 x 11/14 cm · 1460
Urbarium of the Holy Blood

Urbarium of the Holy Blood, compiled in 1460 by Hans Rabustan, chaplain of St. Maria, for sacristan Anna Planta (abbess 1464-1477). It lists all donations to the relic of the Holy Blood. Altogether there are 33 clearly described fields, as well as the names of the tenants at the time. (ack)

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Müstair, Benediktinerinnenkloster St. Johann, XX/48 Nr. 1a-i
Parchment · 38 pp. · 28 x 19.3 cm · Raetia · 8th/9th century
Evangeliary

Fragment of an evangeliary written around 800. It contains the pericopes necessary for the entire liturgical year. The surviving parts begin with the pericope for Septuagesima Sunday and suggest that, in addition to Sundays and holidays, gospels were chosen for every Wednesday and Friday, and during Lent - as in the Missale Romanum - for every day of the week. The final part contains the gospels for the votive Mass, however only four pericopes have survived. The script indicates a scriptorium in Raetia Curiensis as place of origin. (ack)

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Müstair, Benediktinerinnenkloster St. Johann, XX/48 Nr. 9
Parchment · 2 ff. · 29-30 x 20-21 cm · around 800
Gregory the Great’s homilies

Fragment of a copy of Gregory the Great’s Homilies on the Gospels, created around 800. Two excerpts remain: the first section of text, consisting of parts of chapter 17 (17.16-17.18), is a commentary on Luke 10, 1-9, i.e. the verses concerning the sending out of the seventy-two disciples. The second section of text, containing parts of chapter 18 (18.2-18.3), refers to John 8.46-59. These verses are a commentary on a dispute between Jesus and “the” Jews as well as the high priests; it concerns the identity of Jesus or rather his claim of identity, his message and the rejection thereof. (ack)

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Müstair, Benediktinerinnenkloster St. Johann, XX/48 Nr. 13a
Parchment · 2 ff. · 26.5 x 20.5 cm · 13th century
Hymnal with Tropes

Fragment of a 13th century manuscript. Parts of the hymn Gloria in excelsis Deo and the Agnus Dei have survived. This is followed by five lines from the trope of baptism, which begins with Quoniam Dominus and ends with coaeternum Patri. The title Tropi makes clear that the text contained more tropes. (ack)

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Müstair, Benediktinerinnenkloster St. Johann, XX/48 Nr. 13b
Parchment · 2 ff. · 37.7 x 28 cm · 15th century
Hymn Gloria in excelsis Deo

Handwritten fragment of the hymn Gloria in excelsis Deo from the 15th century. The final part has survived with [mise]rere nobis. Quoniam tu solus Sanctus, tu solus Dominus, tu solus Altissimus, Iesu Christe, cum Sancto Spiritu: in gloria Dei Patris. Amen. (ack)

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Müstair, Benediktinerinnenkloster St. Johann, XX/48 Nr. 14
Parchment · 3 ff. · 22.5 x 14.5 cm · 9th/10th century
Antiphonary

Fragment of a 9th or 10th century parchment manuscript containing an excerpt from an antiphonary. The text is written in a delicate and graceful Carolingian minuscule. Some letters, titles and sentences are executed in a brilliant minium red. (ack)

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Müstair, Benediktinerinnenkloster St. Johann, XX/48 Nr. 15
Parchment · 2 ff. · 27 x 18 cm · 8th/9th century
Cartulary

Fragment of a cartulary written around 800. Copies, in part complete, of six deeds of donation have survived. With these, several persons donated - for the salvation of their own soul or for that of relatives - pieces of land to the churches St. Hilarius in Chur and St. Carpophorus in Trimmis. The fact that the two churches St. Hilarius in Chur and St. Carpophorus in Trimmis are named as beneficiaries of the donations suggests that this fragment was part of an episcopal cartulary. (ack)

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Müstair, Benediktinerinnenkloster St. Johann, XX/48 Nr. 16
Parchment · 2 ff. · 31-31.5 x 23.5 cm · around 800
Leviticus 4-6

Fragment of an excerpt from the Book of Leviticus, copied around 800. It comprises verses 4.27-6.10, which contain a part of the laws on sacrifice (chap. 4-6). This copy, which generally corresponds to the Vulgate, constitutes a written record from the Rhaetian area. (ack)

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