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Rare Book and Manuscript Library: manuscripts

Rare Book and Manuscript Library: manuscripts

 
 
The collection has 2,150 manuscripts reflecting a variety of periods and subjects. The vast majority comes from disentailed collections, while a small group comes from the former University of Cervera. The ancient cathedral of Girona has also contributed 54 manuscripts, which were purchased in 1857 by Marià Aguiló and are now the oldest and most valuable in the collection. In general, the collection contains medieval manuscripts that date from the tenth to the fourteenth centuries, with a clear predominance of religious subject matter. Many of the manuscripts feature beautiful miniatures. The oldest manuscript, which dates from the tenth century, contains a commentary on St Matthew by St Jerome and a commentary on St Mark by the Venerable Bede. 
 
The most important body of manuscripts comes from the thirteenth and fourteenth centuries. This group includes significant items of history and Catalan, Spanish and Latin literature. Some of the highlights in the field of history are The Chronicle of James I, King of Aragon of 1343, Catalan chronicles and chronicles of religious orders such as the Annals of the Convent of Santa Caterina of Barcelona.
 
Special mention must also go to The Book of Duarte Barbosa of 1524,a description of geography and trade along the coastline of the Indian Ocean, and a celebrated cookbook known as the Book of Sent Soví, accompanied by a treatise on perfume, a treatise on confectionary, and two treatises on veterinary medicine in Catalan by Manuel Dies de Calatayud, which are all included in the Miscel·lània catalana: Ms. 68.
 
The Rare Book and Manuscript CRAI Library houses a small collection of manuscripts in Arabic, Persian, Coptic, Ottoman Turkish and Armenian. You can also find a Chinese grammar, books of sermons in Filipino Tagalog and in Cebuano. And, in Ms. 1808, a glossary and a conversation guide for some indigenous languages in the Guyana area still being spoken in the eighteenth century.
 
The collection also preserves 59 volumes, often in large format, of catalogues from convent libraries that have come to the University of Barcelona.
 
A large number of manuscripts have the added value of containing miniatures, initials, borders and other decorations. More than a hundred are considered to be of major artistic value, including the previously mentioned  The Chronicle of James I, King of Aragon, several books of hours, a copy of The Rule of St Benedict from the scriptorium of Ripoll, manuscrits humanistes italians, bíblies, llibres jurídics, etc.
 
 
  F. Miquel Rosell. Inventario general de manuscritos de la biblioteca de la Universidad de Barcelona.  Madrid : Direcciones Generales de Enseñanza Universitaria y de Archivos y Bibliotecas, 1958-1969.

 

Contains descriptions of manuscripts 1 to 2030. PDF version in the University of Barcelona Digital Repositori

There is an inventory in the University of Barcelona Digital Repository for manuscripts 2031 to 2178. 

 
Various complementary indexes of the inventory of Miquel Rosell are also available:
 

  Provisional index of volumes 1-3 of the inventory of F. Miquel Rosell. Miquel Rosell.  

Ordered by subject and author. Indicates the volume and page number in the inventory.

PDF version available in the University of Barcelona Digital Repository

  Provisional index  of volume 4 of the inventory of F. Miquel Rosell.   Divided in two parts: by author and by subject. Indicates the manuscript number in the inventory. 

PDF version available in the University of Barcelona Digital Repository

  Chronological table  of manuscripts. 

  Table of correspondence between ancient and modern signatures<

 
 
More than 500 manuscripts are listed in the online catalogue, under the category Gener form= manuscripts
 
 
 
 
    
Manuscripts on the Spanish War of Succession Manuscripts in Arabic and in Oriental languages 
  Catàlegs manuscrits   Manuscrits hebreus

Catalogue of manuscripts in convent libraries

Hebrew manuscripts and manuscripts in Hebrew
 

 

 
We know the provenance of our books because of handwritten or printed marks of ownership (ex–libris, ex–donos, stamps, coats of arms, etc.) that are found in them. Former owners can be looked up in the catalogue using the author index and inputting the designation “ant. pos.” after the name. The former owners who merit greater attention are documented and their marks of ownership are digitalized and appear in the database of former owners.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 
 
The  Juntas literarias collection from the  Royal College of Surgery of Barcelona is presented on line in the Memòria Digital del Catalunya (MDC)
 
 
. [Consulted: 8 oct. 2016]
Repertori de manuscrits catalansRepertori de manuscrits catalans (1474-1620). Barcelona : Institut d'Estudis Catalans, 1998- 
 
 
 
 
 
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