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Medieval Manuscripts

Identifier: MsC0542

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Scope and Contents

This description contains most Medieval Manuscripts held in the Special Collections Department of the University of Iowa Libraries. Most of the items in this collection are not cataloged in InfoHawk. This inventory does not include all facsimiles in the rare books collection or in the main stacks of the library. Facsimiles are cataloged and can be searched on InfoHawk. Indications of numbers in parentheses following an entry (3) are numbers assigned by previous cataloging efforts. Items from the De Ricci List of materials on permanent loan from the Davenport Public Library are noted in parentheses as (De Ricci 1), etc.


  • Creation: Majority of material found within 1100-1600

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright restrictions may apply; please consult Special Collections staff for further information.


18.00 Linear Feet

Language of Materials



This collection brings together most Medieval Manuscripts held in the Special Collections Department of the University of Iowa Libraries.

Physical Access Requirements

The University of Iowa Libraries supports access to the materials, published and unpublished, in its collections. Nonetheless, access to some items may be restricted by their fragile condition.

Related Materials

Additional Early Manuscript Material

The xMs collection contains early manuscripts from around the world. Additional Medieval manuscript fragments can be found in binding waste throughout Special Collections.

Textoris, Guillermus., Gabriel De. Urach, Anselm, and Bernard. Sermo De Passione Christi. Basel?: Michael Wenssler?, 1486. Special Collections Incunabula BT430 .T4

Trovamala, Paganini, Harderwirt, Sixtus IV, Paganini, Paganino, and Harderwirt, Henricq. Incipit Liber Q[ui] Rosella Casuu[m] Appellatur /. Venetijs Imp[r]essa [Venice]: Per Paganinum De Paganinis, 1499. Special Collections Incunabula BJ1240 .T76 1499

Carcano, Gregori, Calcedonius, Gregori, Gregorio De', and Calcedonius, Alessandro. Sermones Quadragesimales Fratris Michaelis De Mediolano De Decem Preceptis. Impressi Venetijs: Per Ioa[n]ne[m] [et] Gregoriu[m] Fr[atr]es De Gregorijs [for Alessandro Calcedonio], 1493. Special Collections Incunabula BV4655 .C37 1493

Mousouros, and Mousouros, Markos. Pausanias. Pavsanias. Venetiis: In Aedibvs Aldi, Et Andreae Soceri, 1516. Special Collections x-Collection FOLIO PA4264 .A2 1516

Macrobius, Neale, Arnoldus, Neale, Thomas, and Macrobius, Ambrosius Aurelius Theodosius. Macrobii Avrelii Theosdosii Viri Consularis In Somnium Scipionis, Libri II. Eiusdem Saturnaliorum, Libri VII. Nunc Denuo Recogniti & Multis in Locis Aucti. Coloniae: Opera & Imprensa Ioannis Soteris, 1527. Special Collections x-Collection PA6498 .A2 1527

Karel,‏ ‎Pascualis, Pascualis, Lambertus‏, and Officina Liberorum Quentell, Printer. D. Dionysii Rickel, Ex Familia Carthusiana Ruremunden̄ Monachi In Epistolas Canon̄ Commentaria: Non minus Atque Ea, Quae Iampridem in Paulum Dedimus, Laudata. Euisdem In Apocalypsim Johannis E Scripturis Sacris Fundata Lucubratio ... Cum Epistola Nuncupatoria ... Colonie: [Quentell?], 1530. Special Collections x-Collection BS2777 .D4

Clénard, Nicolas, and Pierre Davantes. Institvtiones Lingvae Graecae. Lugduni: Apud Matthiam Bonhomme, 1554. Special Collections x-Collection PA253 .C6 1554

D'Afflitto, Matteo. Tractatus De Iure Prothomiseos Excellentissimi Iureconsul. Matthaei De Afflict. Et Baldi Perusio; Nuperrime Recognitus per D. Joann. Baptist. Zilettum ... a Plurimis Quibus Scatebat Erroribus Vindicatus ... Subsequenti Commentariolo Gravissimi Iuris Interpretis Marci Mantuae Bonaviti Patavini ... Venetiis: Apud G. De Caballis, 1568. Special Collections x-Collection K349.3774 .A4 1568

Kalender, 1669. Fuhrman, Stephanus, d. 1683. Alt und neuer Schreib- Haus- und Kunst-Kalender, nebnst dem romischen, auch beygehorigem Prognostico und anderen mit zu nothigen Sachen; also verfasset, dass sich dessen ... Gelehrte, Ungelehrte ... Potentaten ... Officirer, Studenten, Soldaten, Kauffleute und Haussvater ... bedienen konnen. Uber das ... Jahr ... M.DC.LXIX. Durch Stephanum Fuhrmann. Published Franckfurt am Mayn, B.C. Wust [1668]. Almanac is bound in a manuscript fragment. SPECIAL COLLECTIONS x-Collection AY851 .F8 1669.

Antiphonarium. Vel. (1720), 55 ff. (63 x 46 cm.). Written for a Spanish convent. Modern vellum binding (De Ricci 10)

Antiphonal. 1901. Mexico. Gregorian Chant.


Search InfoHawk+ for the most up-to-date information on available facsimiles. The following is a small sample:

Bible. Facsimile. Biblia de San Luis. Latin. Catedral de Toledo. Biblioteca. Manuscript. Barcelona : M. Moleiro Editor, 2000 -- . v. : col. ill., facsims. ; 49 cm. Title from descriptive letterpress mounted on cover (p [3]) of vol. 3 Facsimile reproduction of manuscript. 1-3, also called Tesoro 1-3, in the Biblioteca de la Catedral de Toledo. Composed in Paris between 1226 and 1234 under the direction of Guillaume d'Auvergne, Bishop of Paris (1228-1249), for King Louis IX of France and given by him to Alfonso X the Wise. The biblical text in Latin is accompanied on each folio by 2 columns each of 4 richly illuminated medallions, the whole surrounded by commentaries in Spanish that include historical allusions, allegorical tales, moral assertions and mystical references. Limited edition of 987 copies. Bound in tan calfskin with ornate brass clasps inlaid with gold and black coats-of-arms; each volume issued in a box. University of Iowa Libraries has copy no. 277. Special Collections xcol fBS70 .C38 2000

Alfonso, X, King of Castile and Leon, 1221-1284. Cantigas de Santa Maria : edicion facsimil del codice B.R.20 de la Biblioteca Nazionale Centrale de Florencia, siglo XIII / Alfonso X el Sabio. Madrid : Edilan, 1989-1991. 2 v. : facsims., music ; 46 cm. + 1 sound disc (33 1/3 rpm ; 12 in.) Full-color facsimile of manuscript. of the Cantigas de Santa Maria in the National Library, Florence (B.R.20) written in the 13th cent. by the scribes of Alfonso el Sabio and illuminated by the artists at his court. Unacc. melodies; plainsong notation. Title from facsimile vol. "... 1.000 ejemplares numerados y autenticados..."--T.p. verso Commentary in Spanish. The commentary includes modern notation transcription of the staffless neums in the manuscript indicating the melodies. Galician words. Other titles Codice de Florencia de Las cantigas de Alfonso X El Sabio, Ms. B.R. 20 de la Biblioteca Nazionale Central. Contents [v. 1]. Cantigas de Santa Maria -- [v. 2]. El codice de Florencia de Las cantigas de Alfonso X El Sabio, Ms. B.R. 20 de la Biblioteca Nazionale Central / marco historico y texta por Agustin Santiago Luque ; las ilustraciones por Maria Victoria Chico Picaza y Ana Dominguez Rodriguez ; la musica por Agustin Santiago Luque; con un Apendice por Jordi Reguant. Special Collections xcol fML96.5.A44 C3 1989

Reference Books

Mystique of Vellum. Boston: Anne and David Bromer, 1984. SPEC XCOL FOLIO Z112 .M9 1984.

Olmsted, Duncan H. Parchment and Vellum. Orinda, CA: Press of the Golden Key, 1996.

Reed, R. Ancient Skins, Parchments and Leathers. London, New York: Seminar Press, 1972. MAIN Library TS951 .R43 1972

Reed, Ronald. The Nature and Making of Parchment. Leeds: Elmete, 1975. Special Collections xcol fTS1165.R43

Reed, Ronald. Specimens of parchment. Los Angeles: Dawson's Book Shop, 1976. Provides specimens of parchment and accompanies The Nature and Making of Parchment. (See above). Special Collections xcol fTS1165.R43 Suppl.

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Repository Details

Part of the University of Iowa Special Collections Repository

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