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Evangelium Longum - back cover on Flickr.

Manuscript title: Evangelium longum (Evangelistary)

Manuscript summary: The Evangelium Longum, a world-class work created by the St. Gallen monks Sintram (text) and Tuotilo (binding).

Origin: St. Gallen

Period: 9th century

Image source: St. Gallen, Stiftsbibliothek, Cod. Sang. 53: Evangelium longum (Evangelistary)
( www.e-codices.unifr.ch/en/list/one/csg/0053 )

e-codices – now for iPhone and iPad

e-codices – now for iPhone and iPad

e-codices – now for iPhone and iPad

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St. Gallen, Stiftsbibliothek, Cod. Sang. 403, Front cover on Flickr.

Manuscript title: 12th Century Breviary from the monastery of Disentis

Manuscript summary: This is a collection of liturgical works from the monastery of Disentis, written in the second half of the 12th century, most likely around 1200. In sequence, the volume contains a calendar (pp. 2-13), a psalter (pp. 15-90) and a hymnary (pp. 91-110), a (mixed) capitulary and collectarium (pp. 116-186), as well as an antiphonary, a lectionary, and a homiliary (pp. 203-638). Highlights from the point of view of manuscript decoration include the initial “B” at the beginning of the psalter (p. 15) and a picture of the crucifixion (p. 89). This breviary is one of the very few surviving medieval manuscripts from the monastery of Disentis. The manuscript came to Kempten around 1300; as early as the 15th century, the Disentis Breviary was held in the Abbey Library of St. Gall.

Origin: Disentis Monastery (Switzerland)

Period: 1150/1200

Image source: St. Gallen, Stiftsbibliothek, Cod. Sang. 403: 12th Century Breviary from the monastery of Disentis ( www.e-codices.ch/en/list/one/csg/0403 )

Fribourg/Freiburg, Couvent des Cordeliers/Franziskanerkloster, Ms. 6, f. 14v on Flickr.

Manuscript title: Antiphonarium

Manuscript summary: Antiphonary from the Franciscan Monastery of Fribourg, dated 1488 according to the colophon f. 214v. Drolleries are drawn in the margins and by the initials. The manuscript contains a miniature (f. 14v, birth of Christ) and beautiful initials (flowers, fruit, zucchini), attributed to the Master of the Breviary of Jost of Silenen.

Origin: Fribourg, Franciscan Monastery

Period: 15th century

Image source: Fribourg/Freiburg, Couvent des Cordeliers/Franziskanerkloster, Ms. 6: Antiphonarium
( www.e-codices.unifr.ch/en/list/one/fcc/0006 )

Christmas scene in a 14th century manuscript on Flickr.

Manuscript title: Graduale

Origin: Fribourg (Switzerland)

Period: about 14th century

Image source: Fribourg/Freiburg, Couvent des Cordeliers/Franziskanerkloster, Ms. 9: Graduale ( www.e-codices.unifr.ch/en/list/one/fcc/0009 )

Christmas scene in a 10th century manuscript on Flickr.

Christmas, also known as Nativity, refers to the accounts of the birth of Jesus mainly based on the Gospels of Matthew and Luke. Traditionally, scenes of Nativity, portray the Holy Family in the stable at Bethlehem. The Christ child is represented lying in a manger or upon the straw, whilst Virgin Mary kneels in adoration before Him. In some scenes Virgin Mary is represented lying next to Jesus. Joseph is portrayed standing at one side. The scene also includes depictions of an ox and a donkey, usually in the background, gazing quietly at the scene in front of them.
Some Nativity scenes depict one or more angels who proclaim Jesus as the savior for all people, and portrayals of shepherds who come to adore Him. There are also scenes representing the wise men (The Maggi ) who, after following a star, arrive to Bethlehem to bring gifts to Jesus. Link to the “Christmas scenes” set

Manuscript title: Homiliarium

Origin: St. Gall (Switzerland)

Period: 10th century

Image source: Basel, Universitätsbibliothek, B IV 26, p. 6r – Homiliarium ( www.e-codices.unifr.ch/en/ubb/B-IV-0026/6r )

Pretty medieval manuscript of the day is a stunning book binding depicting the crucifixion. According to the caption on Flickr, the book dates from the twelfth century, but this binding is much later. Can you spot the engraved 15—49 above the cross? This suggests the binding was produced around that time. Isn’t it beautiful?

Image source: Creative Commons licensed by e-codices via Flickr.

Christmas scene in an 18th century manuscript on Flickr.

Christmas, also known as Nativity, refers to the accounts of the birth of Jesus mainly based on the Gospels of Matthew and Luke. Traditionally, scenes of Nativity, portray the Holy Family in the stable at Bethlehem. The Christ child is represented lying in a manger or upon the straw, whilst Virgin Mary kneels in adoration before Him. In some scenes Virgin Mary is represented lying next to Jesus. Joseph is portrayed standing at one side. The scene also includes depictions of an ox and a donkey, usually in the background, gazing quietly at the scene in front of them.
Some Nativity scenes depict one or more angels who proclaim Jesus as the savior for all people, and portrayals of shepherds who come to adore Him. There are also scenes representing the wise men (The Maggi ) who, after following a star, arrive to Bethlehem to bring gifts to Jesus. Link to the “Christmas scenes” set

Manuscript title: The four gospels in Arabic

Origin: Cairo (Egypt)

Period: 18th century

Image source: Utopia, armarium codicum bibliophilorum, Cod. 2 (Codex Pandeli), p. 11 – The four gospels in Arabic ( www.e-codices.unifr.ch/en/utp/0002/11 )

Pretty medieval manuscript of the day is a lavishly illustrated Franciscan breviary. The historiated initial shows David with his harp. The border contains fantastical creatures, and owls, and dragons, and naked figures fighting, and angels bearing coats of arms, and… well really there is just so much going on here that the best thing you can do is take a proper close-up look! If this image isn’t high res enough for you, check out the original over on Flickr.

Image source: Schaffhausen, Ministerialbibliothek, Min. 98: Breviarium OFM . Creative Commons licensed via eCodices on Flickr.

St. Gallen, Stiftsbibliothek, Cod. Sang. 403, p. 15 on Flickr.

Manuscript title: 12th Century Breviary from the monastery of Disentis

Manuscript summary: This is a collection of liturgical works from the monastery of Disentis, written in the second half of the 12th century, most likely around 1200. In sequence, the volume contains a calendar (pp. 2-13), a psalter (pp. 15-90) and a hymnary (pp. 91-110), a (mixed) capitulary and collectarium (pp. 116-186), as well as an antiphonary, a lectionary, and a homiliary (pp. 203-638). Highlights from the point of view of manuscript decoration include the initial “B” at the beginning of the psalter (p. 15) and a picture of the crucifixion (p. 89). This breviary is one of the very few surviving medieval manuscripts from the monastery of Disentis. The manuscript came to Kempten around 1300; as early as the 15th century, the Disentis Breviary was held in the Abbey Library of St. Gall.

Origin: Disentis Monastery (Switzerland)

Period: 1150/1200

Image source: St. Gallen, Stiftsbibliothek, Cod. Sang. 403: 12th Century Breviary from the monastery of Disentis ( www.e-codices.ch/en/list/one/csg/0403 )

Christmas scene in a 15th century manuscript (detail) on Flickr.

Christmas, also known as Nativity, refers to the accounts of the birth of Jesus mainly based on the Gospels of Matthew and Luke. Traditionally, scenes of Nativity, portray the Holy Family in the stable at Bethlehem. The Christ child is represented lying in a manger or upon the straw, whilst Virgin Mary kneels in adoration before Him. In some scenes Virgin Mary is represented lying next to Jesus. Joseph is portrayed standing at one side. The scene also includes depictions of an ox and a donkey, usually in the background, gazing quietly at the scene in front of them.
Some Nativity scenes depict one or more angels who proclaim Jesus as the savior for all people, and portrayals of shepherds who come to adore Him. There are also scenes representing the wise men (The Maggi ) who, after following a star, arrive to Bethlehem to bring gifts to Jesus. Link to the “Christmas scenes” set

Manuscript title: Cistercian Gradual (Winter Part)

Origin: Prague (Czech Republic)

Period: 15th century

Image source: Luzern, Zentral- und Hochschulbibliothek, P.19.fol.: Cistercian Gradual (Winter Part)
( www.e-codices.unifr.ch/en/zhl/0019/22v )

Sarnen, Benediktinerkollegium, Cod. membr. 19, p. 07r on Flickr.

Manuscript title: Psalterium

Manuscript summary: This psalter from the 12th century is part of a collection formerly owned by the library of the double cloister of Muri. It was later transferred to the cloister at Hermetschwil. The cycle of miniatures is incomplete; the calendar includes one row of death records.

Origin: Southwest Germany

Period: 12th century

Image source: Sarnen, Benediktinerkollegium, Cod. membr. 19: Psalterium
( www.e-codices.unifr.ch/en/list/one/bks/membr0019 )

Fribourg/Freiburg, Couvent des Cordeliers/Franziskanerkloster, Ms. 6, f. 207r on Flickr.

Manuscript title: Antiphonarium

Manuscript summary: Antiphonary from the Franciscan Monastery of Fribourg, dated 1488 according to the colophon f. 214v. Drolleries are drawn in the margins and by the initials. The manuscript contains a miniature (f. 14v, birth of Christ) and beautiful initials (flowers, fruit, zucchini), attributed to the Master of the Breviary of Jost of Silenen.

Origin: Fribourg, Franciscan Monastery

Period: 15th century

Image source: Fribourg/Freiburg, Couvent des Cordeliers/Franziskanerkloster, Ms. 6: Antiphonarium
( www.e-codices.unifr.ch/en/list/one/fcc/0006 )

Christmas scene in a 15th century manuscript on Flickr.

Manuscript title: Antiphonarium lausannense, pars hiemalis (vol. I)

Origin: Bern (Switzerland)

Period: 15th century

Image source: Estavayer-le-Lac , Paroisse catholique Saint-Laurent, Volume I: Antiphonarium lausannense, pars hiemalis (vol. I) ( www.e-codices.unifr.ch/en/list/one/psle/0001a ).