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Sub-project: Fragmenta Bongarsiana

Start: March 2018

Status: In progress

Financed by: Burgerbibliothek Bern, swissuniversities, SNF

Description: Together with the Burgerbibliothek Bern, we have facilitated the digitization of approximately 150 fragments of parchment. Most of these are from the collection of Jacques Bongars (1554-1612), who had a philological interest in rare texts, as did Pierre Pithou (1539-1596) and especially Pierre Daniel (1530-1603), with whom Bongars was closely associated. Jacques Bongars and Pierre Daniel are among the earliest scholars to have shown an interest in fragments. The Bernese fragment collection is unique because it contains not only manuscript waste, but also a large number of manuscripts that have been transmitted in incomplete form, for example, with only a single quire or a part thereof to have survived. In the course of making these texts accessible through e-codices, many fragments were identified for the first time. Most of these were known texts or authors, but some spectacular new discoveries were made of previously unknown texts on biblical exegesis from the Carolingian epoch. In the coming years, the collection will be published in parallel in e-codices and in Fragmentarium.

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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)

Online Since: 06/14/2018

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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)

Online Since: 06/14/2018

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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)

Online Since: 06/14/2018

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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)

Online Since: 06/14/2018

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Bern, Burgerbibliothek, Cod. A 95.10
Parchment · 8 ff. · 32 x 24 cm · France · end of the 14th century
Boethius: Livre de consolation; Guillaume de Machaut: Le confort d'ami

This fragment contains two texts that were popular in France at the time: the French translation of the Consolatio Philosophiae by Boethius and of the confort d’ami by Guillaume de Machaut. The 8 pages are from a rich collection of fragments in the Burgerbibliothek of Bern; they were digitized as a complement to the library’s magnificently decorated Machaut manuscript (Cod. 218). (mit)

Online Since: 04/23/2013

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Bern, Burgerbibliothek, Cod. C 219
Parchment and paper · 8 + 8 + 8 + 8 ff. · A) 29.5 x 19.5-20 cm; B) 27 x 21.5 cm; C) 30.5 x 21.5 cm; D) 27 x 20 cm · A) Italy?; B) France; C) France: Bourges; D) England: Wales · A) second half of the 11th century; B) first half of the 15th century; C) around 1465–1475; D) end of the 9th/ beginning of the 10th century
A) Cicero: Topica; B) Annaeus Florus: Epitome Bellorum Romanorum; Livius: Periochae; C) Juvenal: Saturae, cum glossis; D) Augustinus (Pseudo-): Categoriae [= Paraphrasis Themistiana] (fragments)

Composite manuscript consisting of four very different parts that probably came to Bern in 1632 as part of the property of Jacques Bongars; parts B and C are from the Collège de Navarre in Paris. All parts are at least partly illuminated. All fragments have related parts in other libraries: for part A, Paris BN lat. 7709, f. 1–4; for B, Paris BN lat. 17566, f. 1–40; for C, Paris BN lat. 17902, f. 1–85; and for D, Leiden UB, Voss. Q 2 IX (f. 60). (mit)

Online Since: 10/10/2019

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Bern, Burgerbibliothek, Cod. D 219
Parchment · 8 + 10 ff. · 27.5 x 19.5 cm ; 26.5 x 17 cm · A) France: Fleury; B) France: Eastern? · A) fourth quarter of the 9th century; B) second quarter of the 9th century
A) Passiones sanctorum; B) Isidorus: Synonyma, Differentiae (fragments)

Composite manuscript consisting of two different parts that probably came to Bern in 1632 as part of the property of Jacques Bongars. Part A comes from an extensive collection of lives of the saints for the liturgy of Fleury, various of which have been preserved in the Vatican Library: Reg. lat. 274, f. 95–102; Reg. lat. 318, f. 1–79, 80–146, 147–258; Reg. lat. 585, f. 13–27; Reg. lat. 711.II, f. 11–18; 67–76. Part B contains fragments from Isidore’s grammatical writings and probably was written in Eastern France. (mit)

Online Since: 10/10/2019

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Bern, Burgerbibliothek, Cod. E 219
Parchment · 8 ff. · 26 x 15.5 cm · France · first half of the 9th century
Salvianus Massiliensis: Epistulae (fragment)

The only textual witness for certain letters by Salvianus of Marseille, the complement of which is preserved in Paris BN lat. 2174, f. 113–115. This non-illuminated fragment probably came to Bern in 1632 as part of the property of Jacques Bongars. (mit)

Online Since: 10/10/2019

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Bern, Burgerbibliothek, Cod. F 219 I
Parchment · 14 ff. · 24.5 x 18.5 cm · France · second half of the 10th century
Boethius: De arithmetica (fragment)

Fragment of the Boethius' On Arithmetic, containing numerous schematic drawings; it probably came to Bern in 1632 as part of the property of Jacques Bongars. (mit)

Online Since: 10/10/2019

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Bern, Burgerbibliothek, Cod. F 219 II
Parchment · 4 ff. · 31 x 22 cm · France: Loire region · first half of the 9th century
Isidorus: De natura rerum (fragment)

Two bifolia from an Isidore manuscript that was probably produced in the Loire region. The fragment contains, among others, a carefully sketched wind rose as well as astronomical texts at the end that, in the context of the Aratea, are known as the “Scholia Bernensia”. It probably came to Bern in 1632 as part of the collection of Jacques Bongars. (mit)

Online Since: 10/10/2019

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Bern, Burgerbibliothek, Cod. F 219 III
Parchment · 18 ff. · 34.5–35 x 24.5–25 cm · probably Spain · second half of the 7th century
Oribasius: Synopsis medica (fragment)

Fragment of a manuscript in uncial script containing medical texts; it was probably written in Spain and came to the library of Chartres Cathedral perhaps via Italy. The remaining parts are preserved in Paris BN lat. 10233. Based on an entry by the Bernese librarian Samuel Hortin, the fragment in all likelihood came to Bern in 1632 as part of the Bongarsiana collection. (mit)

Online Since: 10/10/2019

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Bern, Burgerbibliothek, MUE Inc I 20
Parchment · 1 f. · 29 x 23.5-24 cm · France, Tours · early 9th century
Biblia latina: Vulgata, recensio Alcuini (fragment)

Remnants of an Alcuin's Bible from the Dominican Monastery of Bern, which were used around 1495 by the bookbinder Johannes Vatter as pastedowns for various incunables that are currently held in Bern and Solothurn. After the secularization of the monastery in 1528, the host volume (MUE Inc. I.20) perhaps as part of a bequest of books by the Venner [standard bearer] Jürg Schöni in 1534, became part of the Bern library. Reunification of the fragments: [sine loco], codices restituti, Cod. 5 (Biblia latina). (mit)

Online Since: 12/12/2019

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Solothurn, Zentralbibliothek, Cod. S II 151
Parchment · 4 ff. · 17.5-33.5 x 19-28 cm · France: Tours · early 9th century
Biblia latina: Vulgata, recensio Alcuini (fragment)

Remnants of an Alcuin's Bible from the Dominican Monastery of Bern, which were used around 1495 by the bookbinder Johannes Vatter as pastedowns for various incunables that are currently held in Bern and Solothurn. After the secularization of the monastery in 1528, the host volume reached Solothurn; it was first held in the library of the St. Ursus Monastery, after its secularization in the cantonal library, one of the predecessors of the current Solothurn Central Library. Reunification of the fragments: [sine loco], codices restituti, Cod. 5 (Biblia latina). (mit)

Online Since: 12/12/2019

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