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Schaffhausen, Stadtbibliothek, Min. 61

Computistical-Astronomical Sammelhandschrift

Pergament — i + 105 + i — 270 × 195 mm — Lake Constance region (?) — s. X

Parchment Lagen: I-II8 (ff.1-16), III8-2(wants 4 and 5, ff.17-22), IV4 (ff.23-26), V-XIII8 (ff.27-97), XIV8-1 (wants 9, ff.98-104).Modern foliation I, 1-86, 86a-105. Detached pastedowns are foliated I and 105. One leaf skipped by the foliation after f.86, now foliated f.86a.

Binding from the 15th c. typical for the Schaffhausen monastery.

Herkunft: Szkiet compared the meager book illumination there is (one initial on f. 42v), which, according to her, shows no similarities with the decoration from Schaffhauser. Unclear where it was produced. Borst noted as place of production (without argumentation) Saint Gall or Reichenau. — Borst argued the manuscript was in Schaffhausen already around 1050, where it served as the "komputistische Grundausstattung" of the monastery. Cordoliani noted that the manuscript is attested in the library of Schaffhausen from the 13th c. (see several ownership and loan-notes on f.104 Hic liber est monasterii omnium sanctorum in Scaffusa, Anno domini MCCCLVI [1356] in vigilia sancti Oswaldi regis accepi hunc librum de libraria nostra). For later ownership notes see Gamper.

Selected bibliography: Dell’Era, A. "Una rielaborazione dell’Arato latino." Studi medievali, ser. 3 20, Nr. 1 (1979): 269–302. — Borst, Schriften, p. 294. — Cordoliani, A. "Un manuscrit de comput interessant: Schaffhouse, Ministerialbibliothek, 61." Scriptorium (1958): 247-253. — Szkiet, Christine. Reichenauer Codices in Schaffhausen: die frühen Handschriften des Schaffhauser Allerheiligenklosters und ihre Stellung in der südwestdeutschen Buchmalerei des 11. Jahrhunderts. 9. Kiel: Ludwig, 2005. — Gamper R. et al. Die mittelalterlichen Handschriften der Ministerialbibliothek Schaffhausen. Zürich: Urs Graf Verlag, 1994, pp. 158-160.

1r-9r Bede: De natura rerum.

9r-15r Bede: De temporibus. Tiberius dehinc quintum agit annum in die prima. Reliquum sextae aetatis deo soli patet.

15r Short text on the planets: Campester scribit cometas quinque esse id est ippon solis, lampadian lunae, ziphian martis, disceum martis, typhona saturni; sed quattuor stellas suprascriptas uisas esse aliquando cum regna mutuantur; typhonam numquam uisam esse, aut si quando uisa fuerit cuncta interitura.

15r-19v De signis coeli (missing cap. XLI). Helix arcturus maior habet autem in capite … — … et ideo anticanis uocatur eo quod contraria sit cani. Left blank space on the outer side of the pages. (19r) Interpolation by cap. XXXIX with sections from De ordine ac positione, cap. XL (Serpens, Corvus, Crater). Serpens quae hydrum nominant habet stellas in capite III claras, in prima flexura VI, in secunda III, in quarta II, in quinta usque ad caudam VIII claras; fiunt XXVI ((= De ordine, cap. XL)). Super cuius caudam coruum sedere dicunt ad occasum spectantem qui habet in oculo stellam I, in pennis II, in cauda II, in pedibus singulas. fiunt VII ((= De ordine, cap. XLI)); et in medio crater siue urna posita ultra prima flexuram serpentis, habet in labio stellas II obscuras, in uentre III, in fundo II; fiunt VII ((= De ordine, cap. XLII)).

19v Excerptum de astrologia. Duo sunt extremi uertices mundi quos appellant polos … — … et virginem leo The quire is missing the innermost bifolium, after f.19, hence the lacuna at the end of the text.

20r-21r Dionysius Exiguus: Epistola ad Bonifacium et Bonum. septimum communem, octauum embolismum. The text begins imperfectly due to the missing bifolium after f. 19.

21r-22r Varia computistica.

22r Ps. Bede: De ratione computi.

23r-26v Computiscial tables and texts.

27r-104r Bede: De temporum ratione.