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Country of Location
St. Gallen
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Cod. Sang. 2107
Manuscript Title:
Manuscript Title
Latin Book of Hours (property of a St. Gall monk?)
Parchment · 111 ff. · 15.2 × 10.5 cm · Switzerland/Southern Germany, perhaps written for a St. Gall monk · 1475/1500
Manuscript Summary:
Manuscript Summary
Late medieval prayer book. The first part contains an incomplete Office of the Virgin (fol. 1r-45v) with variants for Advent and for the time period between Christmas and Candlemas (fol. 46r-51v), Absolutions, Benedictions, Orations and other short prayers (fol. 51v-68r). The Office of the Dead (fol. 69r-98v), including Vespers, Vigil, and prayers for the anniversaries of the deaths of priests, abbots and other deceased persons, is followed by prayers of indulgence (fol. 99r-111v). The beginning of the Office of the Virgin as well as possibly a calendar preceding it have been lost. The fact that the patron saints of St. Gall, St. Gall and St. Othmar (fol. 56r-56v; fol. 58r-58v), are the only saints mentioned other than Mary and St. Benedict suggests a provenience from the Monastery of St. Gall. The manuscript is written in Gothic script; it is decorated with numerous initials executed in gold leaf and with colorful vine scrolls in the margins of individual pages. The beginning of the Office of the Dead (fol. 69r) is adorned with a small miniature of a catafalque bordered by two Benedictine monks, one of which is holding a prayer book in his hands. The cut leather binding with the monogram S, created by a master whose name is unknown, is particularly noteworthy. The covers show the two Princes of the Apostles, Peter (front cover, with book and key) and Paul (back cover, with book and sword), surrounded by rich vine scroll ornamentation. The Abbey Library of St. Gall was able to acquire this manuscript in June 2006 at a Christie’s auction in New York from the collection of the American brewer Cornelius J. Hauck (1893−1967) from Cincinnati (Ex Libris on the inside front cover). (smu)
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DOI (Digital Object Identifier
10.5076/e-codices-csg-2107 (
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St. Gallen, Stiftsbibliothek, Cod. Sang. 2107: Latin Book of Hours (property of a St. Gall monk?) (
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Additional literature – St. Galler Bibliotheksnetz (SGBN) - Verbundkatalog
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Document Type:
Document Type
15th century, 16th century
Figurative, Fully Painted, Gold / Silver, Initial, Margin, Ornamental
Liturgica christiana:
Liturgica christiana
Book of hours
15th century, 16th century, Luxury binding
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