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Genève, Bibliothèque de Genève, Ms. lat. 28
Parchment · I + 119 + I ff. · 21.7 x 15 cm · around 1100
Missal from the Tarentaise

This missal, copied in the early 12th century at the Mont-Saint-Michel Priory in the Tarentaise Valley, follows a model from Mont-Saint-Michel in Normandy. The calendar contains almost all of the saints venerated in Normandy, and the Ordinary of the Mass follows the tradition of Mont-Saint-Michel. The missal seems to have been in use at least until 1233, when the last necrological note was added to the calendar. It was purchased by Abbot Claude Vittoz, priest of La Giettaz (Savoy), who left it to the Bibliothèque de Genève in 1750. (rou)

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Genève, Bibliothèque de Genève, Ms. lat. 35
Parchment · III + 184 + V ff. · 17 x 11.7 cm · Bourges, workshop of Jean Colombe · last third of the 15th century
Book of hours

This small, elegant, illuminated book of hours for the use of Rome was probably produced in the workshop of Jean Colombe, the famous book illustrator from Bourges, who was active in the last third of the 15th century. Some of the 14 miniatures that decorate the manuscript can in fact also be found in other books of hours that were illuminated by the master of Bourges, such as the cord situated in the ornate margins that frame the miniatures (Paris, BnF, n.a. lat. 3181). This motif has been interpreted in different ways, either as a sign of belonging to the Third Order of Franciscans, or as a sign of widowhood, in which case the addressee would have been a woman – but this is contradicted by the masculine forms of address in the prayers. The manuscript later became the property of Paul Petau, and in 1756 it became part of the collection of the Bibliothèque de Genève as part of the bequest of Ami Lullin. (rou)

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Genève, Bibliothèque de Genève, Ms. lat. 60
Parchment · II + 342 + II ff. · 47.5 x 30 cm · Bologna, Master of 1346 and l'Illustratore · around 1346
Decretum Gratiani with glosses by Bartholomaeus Brixiensis

This manuscript contains the Decretum Gratiani with the Glossa ordinaria by Bartholomäus Brixiensis. It is a distinctive testimony to the masterly page layout of legal texts, where the main text is usually framed on all sides by its commentary. This copy is signed by the scribe, brother Adigherio (fol. 341v). The manuscript also is sumptuously decorated with large miniatures that introduce the main parts of the text as well as the various legal cases; in addition, there are numerous historiated initials, often very humorous (e.g. f. 2r, 127v), and figure initials. Two book illustrators from Bologna, the Master of 1346 and l'Illustratore, are the creators of this decoration that was carried out in the 1340s. In 1756, the Decretum Gratiani became part of the Bibliothèque de Genève with the bequest of Ami Lullin, who had purchased this copy from the collection of Paul and Alexander Petau. (rou)

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Genève, La Bibliothèque juive « Gérard Nordmann », HEB 0002
Paper · I + 186 + VI ff. · 20.7 x 17.3 cm · 18th century
Astronomical and geographical work

In all the world, only six manuscript exemplars and an old print of this work (1743) still exist. Its author is the famous Bohemian rabbi, astronomer and mathematician R. David ben Salomon Gans (1541-1613), student of Maharal of Prague, R. Judah Loew (1525-1609) and of Rema, R. Moses Isserles (1520-1572). In his 1974 monograph about David Gans, André Neher referred to this copy as the Manuscrit de Genève. A colophon in the manuscript gives the date as 1613, but a current study about the history of the transmission of this work suggests that it is an 18th century copy. (iss)

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Porrentruy, Bibliothèque cantonale jurassienne, A2037
Paper · II + 242 pp. · 22 x 18 cm · 1839
Composite manuscript containing texts on the history of the abbeys of Bellelay and Lucelle

This composite manuscript is dated 1839 (p. V2) and contains texts about the history of the abbeys of Bellelay and Lucelle; it was compiled by Joseph Trouillat when he was librarian at the college of Porrentruy: De Bellegagiensi monasterio (pp. 1-7); Relation de l’invation de l’abbaye de Bellelay par les troupes françaises 15 novembre 1797 par le père Voirol - this name was crossed out and replaced by that of Marcel Helg, former monk at Bellelay (pp. 8-61); Notes diverses sur Bellelay by Father Voirol (pp. 61-102), followed by seal impressions and coats of arms pasted on (p. 105) or painted (pp. 111, 113, 115, 117); Notes sur l'ancienne abbaye de Lucelle, in Latin with notes in French and with painted coats of arms of various abbots (pp. 121-220) as well as affixed seals (p. 192) and a wax seal (p. 208); various French translations of Latin documents, carried out by abbot Grégoire Voirol (pp. 221-236). (rer)

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Porrentruy, Bibliothèque cantonale jurassienne, A2046
Paper · III + 74 + I ff. · 21 x 17 cm · 16th century
Premonstratensian ordinary

Bound in parchment, this Premonstratensian ordinary was copied on paper, probably in the 16th century. It begins with a short prologue (Br), followed by a table of contents (Br-Cv). Next is the text of the ordinary, which corresponds to the edition of Pl. F. Lefèvre (L’ordinaire prémontré d’après des manuscrits du XIIe et du XIIIe siècle, Louvain, 1940). Several notes of ownership allow us to reconstruct the work’s route. According to a signature dated 1610 (Br), it belonged to the Bellelay canon and prior of la Porte-Du-Ciel, Jean Grosjean de Porrentruy († 1617). In the 19th century it was successively owned by Father Grégoire Voirol - Recuperavit ao 1802, G. Voirol, ? - , by P. Migy - ex-libris P. Migy, parochi Bruntruti, 1809, and then by L. Vautrey, par. Delemont (pastedown). (rer)

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Porrentruy, Bibliothèque cantonale jurassienne, A2055
Paper · 256 pp. · 21 x 19 cm · 1785
Grégoire Voirol, Bellelay Theology

This work has the title Théologie de Bellelay written on a piece of paper that is glued to the page containing the original Latin title: “Cursus logica compendiarius data collegio Bellagensi S.R.S. Gregorio Voirol professore anno supra millegissimum septingentesimum octogesimo quinto“. It is the notebook of a student, L’Hoste (p. 131), who followed a shortened course in logic by Abbot Grégoire Voirol (1751-1827), probably when the latter taught at the Premonstratensian Bellelay Abbey. (rer)

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St. Gallen, Stiftsarchiv (Abtei Pfäfers), Cod. Fab. VII
Parchment · 173 ff. · 24 x 18 cm · 12th century
Graduale, Sacramentarium

Calendar, gradual and sacramentary from the parish church St. Evort in Pfäfers; held in the library of Pfäfers Abbey since the 17th/18th century. With initials, rich decoration and a full-page image of the crucifixion (the canon image) on fol 59r. On fol. 173v, an Alemannischer Glauben und Beichte were later added by a 13th century hand. (kur)

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