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German Manuscripts

Date range: 14th–19th centuries.

29 items, mainly devotional, historical, alchemical and genealogical works, including five medieval or early modern manuscripts:

  • An illustrated fifteenth-century Alchemica, largely comprising seventeen picture pages with captions and short pieces of text (German ms 1).
  • Deutsches Stammbuch, with over 1,800 emblazoned coats of arms of nobilities and dignities of the Empire, 1565 (German ms 2).
  • A mystic miscellany, Büchlein von der Liebe Gottes, written in southern Germany in the second half of the fifteenth century, probably for the use of nuns in Ker’s opinion (German ms 11).
  • Penitential psalms, written in southern Germany in the fifteenth century, bound with a collection of prayers from the mid-sixteenth century (German ms 13).
  • A late fifteenth-century medical manuscript on the elements, humours, foods and drinks, diseases, etc., from southern Germany or Austria (German ms 24).

Finding aids

  • F. Taylor, Supplementary Handlist of Western Manuscripts in the John Rylands Library (Manchester, 1937), pp. 37–43.
  • N.R. Ker, Medieval Manuscripts in British Libraries, III, Lampeter–Oxford (Oxford, 1983), pp. 452–4.
  • See also F.P. Pickering, 'A German Mystic Miscellany of the late fifteenth century in the John Rylands Library’, Bulletin of the John Rylands Library, vol. 22 (1938), pp. 455–92.


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