Metadata For 608 Manuscripts From Universitätsbibliothek Freiburg Im Breisgau In Germany, Now Available In Reading Room

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Little Ship of Christ, by schoolmaster Georg Fischer; wedding gift with poems for bride and groom (43377, Hs. 1276)

Metadata for 608 manuscripts from Universitätsbibliothek Freiburg im Breisgau in Germany, now available in Reading Room

Posted: 2024-02-02

Cataloging is complete for the collection of the Universitätsbibliothek Freiburg im Breisgau in Germany, which was microfilmed by HMML in 1987-1988. The collection of medieval and early modern manuscripts is largely written in Latin, with just over a quarter of the texts in German. 29 manuscripts written in Greek, Hebrew, Arabic, Turkish, Aramaic, and Coptic were cataloged by Dr. Joshua Mugler.

The majority of the manuscripts—which are comprised of liturgical and devotional texts, theological and scientific treatises, and legal works—fall within the years 1200 CE and 1550. The earliest manuscript is a 7th-century fragment, and the latest manuscript is an index written in 1934-1946 that accompanies a 16th-century German manuscript. By featuring manuscripts gathered from local secularized monasteries and lectures of university figures, the collection offers a glimpse into the spiritual and intellectual history of the sociolinguistic region of the Upper Rhineland that spans Germany, France, and Switzerland. Out of the 608 manuscripts, 46 are clearly identifiable as originally copied for or by a woman or a female community, including two of the most beautiful manuscripts in the collection, Hs. 283. The university library of Freiburg im Breisgau boasts online facsimiles and a robust catalog; by digitizing this catalog in Reading Room, HMML presents the data in an integrated format, allowing for more comprehensive analysis both within the collection and across other collections. View now

Image caption: Little Ship of Christ, by schoolmaster Georg Fischer; wedding gift with poems for bride and groom (43377, Hs. 1276)

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