30 medieval manuscripts digitized

Fans of medieval manuscripts have even more to explore with new additions to e-codices, the Virtual Manuscript Library of Switzerland. The database has put online 48 manuscripts, 30 of which date between the 9th and 15th centuries.

Since 2005 e-codices has been digitizing manuscripts found in Switzerland. Closing in on 3000 manuscripts from nearly a hundred institutions, it is one of the largest online collections of its kind.


Here are a few highlights from the new additions:

Breviarium OFM – Ministerialbibliothek, Min. 101

Created between 1482 and 1490,  this Franciscan breviary contains marginal illuminations on Biblical and hagiographical themes. It may have been made in the town of Constance for a convent of Franciscan women.

Speculum humanae salvationis and De passione domini – Stiftsbibliothek Cod. Sang. 949

This paper copy of the Speculum humanae salvationis was finished on 30 April 1388, copied by Johannis Phister de Gossow. A second text produced around the same time finishes the manuscript.


Fragments of Biblical texts – St. Gallen, Stiftsbibliothek, Cod. Sang. 1398b.1

Several fragments dating back to the 9th century were reused in later manuscripts and books. These have also been added to the database, including this example.

Minutes of the Council and Gassengericht of the town of Appenzell -Landesarchiv Appenzell Innerrhoden, LAAI, C.V.01

Dating between 1539 and 1546, this manuscript details the workings of a local government along with transcriptions of witness statements and judgments. It is one of several 16th and 17th manuscripts added to the database from Appenzell.

Pontifical of Jean de Venningen – Porrentruy, Bibliothèque cantonale jurassienne, Ms. 35

Produced around 1462 or 1463, it was one of several works commissioned by the Bishop of Basel, Jean de Venningen (1458-1479). The scribe included many small images of historiated initials.


Breviarium OFM (pars aestivalis) – Schaffhausen, Stadtbibliothek, Ministerialbibliothek, Min. 100

From the description by e-codices: “A magnificently laid-out summer part of a fourteenth- or fifteenth-century Franciscan breviary. In addition to the red and blue lombards, the manuscript has impressive gold-background initials. The calendar refers to the diocese of Constance; possibly the breviary belonged to the convent of Paradies. Glued to the back pastedown, the depiction of a nun kneeling before an enthroned Christ with a bleeding head cannot be dated with certainty.”

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Top Image: Schaffhausen, Stadtbibliothek / Ministerialbibliothek, Min. 101 – Breviarium OFM / f. 248v