Introduction

The 'Handschriftencensus' is a joint project by Rudolf Gamper (St. Gall), Christine Glaßner (Vienna), Bettina Wagner (Munich), Jürgen Wolf (Marburg) and Karin Zimmermann (Heidelberg)

The 'Handschriftencensus' provides an inventory of the manuscript transmission of German mediaeval texts. Currently (December 2012) it contains information concerning the transmission of more than 5,600 works from more than 23,000 manuscripts preserved in more than 1,400 libraries and archives.

The 'Gesamtverzeichnis Handschriften' (complete index of manuscripts) lists all textual evidence which has been recorded in the database so far in alphabetical order by current or last known location; manuscripts in private ownership are listed at the end of the alphabet.

The 'Gesamtverzeichnis Autoren / Werke' (complete index of authors and works) follows the author names and titles of the 'Verfasserlexikon' and gives an overview of all known textual evidence of a work and their current locations and shelf marks. In each case the manuscripts are listed in alphabetical order by current or last known location; manuscripts in private ownership are listed at the end of the alphabet. - Manuscripts which have been split into parts (codices discissi) and are now kept at different locations or under different shelf marks are only listed under one heading and marked as "Discissus".

Links are provided which take the user to more detailed descriptions in the 'Marburger Repertorium deutschsprachiger Handschriften des 13. und 14. Jahrhunderts' (Marburger inventory of German manuscripts from the 13th and 14th centuries) or to summaries of the contents, additional bibliographical references or to other material available online.

How to quote: When referring to lists of manuscripts and other information from the 'Handschriftencensus', please quote "Handschriftencensus (http://www.handschriftencensus.de)", adding the date given in the entry and, if applicable, the name of the author of the entry.

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