Western European Manuscripts

Western European Manuscripts

HMML began its manuscript preservation work in Europe in 1965, microfilming approximately 53,000 pre-modern manuscripts in monastic, ecclesiastical, and national libraries (with some illustrations imaged in color microfilm). These include manuscripts from Austria, Spain, Germany, and Switzerland (49,000), Portugal (2,000), England (c. 700), Sweden (680), South Africa, and Italy (c. 370) and purchased microfilms from England (Trinity College Cambridge, Hereford Cathedral, Salisbury Cathedral, Winchester, etc.), Hungary (Pannonhalma, Esztergom, Budapest), Germany (Cusanus-Bibliothek), and Ireland (Trinity College, Dublin). The collections, in Latin and vernacular languages, provide a deep resource for any study of pre-modern European history and culture, as well as science, medicine, music, and law, etc. The Austrian, German, and Spanish holdings are rich in music, monastic, church, and economic history. Reformation history is well-represented by collections from northern and eastern Germany. Born-digital material includes the rich collections of European manuscripts from the Abbey of Our Lady of Gethsemani (AGOC) and Mount Angel Abbey (MAA) in the United States.

Highlights

  • Cistercian manuscripts from medieval France in the Abbey of Our Lady of Gethsemani collection (AGOC)
  • Copies of the medieval Speculum Humanae Salvationis from Kremsmuenster, Austria (HMML 389), Sankt Florian (HMML 2410), Cologne/Historical Archives (HMML 36854)
  • 10th-century Codex Gerundensis - a Commentary on the Apocalypse by Beatus of Liebana, Cathedral of Gerona, Spain (31022)
  • Durham Cathedral Library Collection
  • Oldest complete manuscript in the Western European collections, a theological miscellany with two main texts: the Eusebian canon tables in Greek and a work in Latin by Rufinus of Aquileia dating to the early 6th century from the Austrian National Library (Codex 847; HMML 14174; microfilm now digitized by the Austrian National Library)
  • Oldest manuscript fragment in the Western European collections - a fragment from a Bible in the Durham Cathedral Library, Great Britain, parts of which date to the 6th century (England 237)


12th-c. French Cistercian Antiphonary, Abbey of Our Lady of Gethsemani, Kentucky (<a href='https://w3id.org/vhmml/readingRoom/view/500922'>AGOC 1</a>) 12th-c. French Cistercian Antiphonary, Abbey of Our Lady of Gethsemani, Kentucky (AGOC 1)
16th-c. French Book of Hours, Mount Angel Abbey, Oregon (<a href='https://w3id.org/vhmml/readingRoom/view/519224'>MAA 5</a>) 16th-c. French Book of Hours, Mount Angel Abbey, Oregon (MAA 5)
10th-c. Codex Gerundensis - a Commentary on the Apocalypse by Beatus of Liebana, Cathedral of Gerona, Spain (Color microfilm of <a href='https://w3id.org/vhmml/readingRoom/view/57669'>31022</a>) 10th-c. Codex Gerundensis - a Commentary on the Apocalypse by Beatus of Liebana, Cathedral of Gerona, Spain (Color microfilm of 31022)
Saint Matthew from an 11th-c. gospel book at the Abbey of Saint Florian, Austria (Color microfilm of HMML 2227/ Codex III,1) Saint Matthew from an 11th-c. gospel book at the Abbey of Saint Florian, Austria (Color microfilm of HMML 2227/ Codex III,1)
Tree of consanguinity from a 14th-c. copy of the Decretales, with gloss (Color microfilm of <a href='https://w3id.org/vhmml/readingRoom/view/80284'>England 305</a>/ Durham Cathedral Library, MS C.II.4) Tree of consanguinity from a 14th-c. copy of the Decretales, with gloss (Color microfilm of England 305/ Durham Cathedral Library, MS C.II.4)

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