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The Freiburg manuscript database


Ramon Llull (1232-1316)

Ever since its foundation in 1957, the Raimundus-Lullus-Institut at the University of Freiburg has been building up a microfilm collection of manuscripts of Ramon Llull's Latin works. This unique collection comprises more than 2200 microfilms, including copies of a great number of printed editions and Catalan manuscripts.

In order to make this collection more widely accessible, the Raimundus-Lullus-Institut carried out the Internet project Ramon Llull im WWW from 2000 till 2016. Thanks to the cooperation with the Freiburg University Computing Centre and the University Library, and partly sponsored by the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft, a huge part of our microfilm collection was digitized and made available on the Internet.

Since January 2008 the database has been extended by digitized manuscripts of Llull's works in Romance languages. Thanks to the financing provided by the Patronat Ramon Llull (www.patronatramonllull.org/) we were able to draw on the digitized collection of microfilms owned by the Centre de Documentació Ramon Llull (cdocllull.narpan.net/) of the University of Barcelona. By December 2016, 670 manuscripts from various European libraries were accessible.


How to use the database

Under http://freimore.ruf.uni-freiburg.de./handschriftsuche.htm

the user will find a query form that provides the option to search for either

a) shelf marks of codices or titles of works by Ramon Llull (or the Bonner catalogue numbers: orbita.bib.ub.es/llull/cioarl.asp),

b) cities where the codices are located.

 Each database entry contains the name of the library, the shelf mark of the respective manuscript, and a list of Llull’s Latin works included in the codex. Till present, his Catalan works have only been listed in some particular cases but they will be added to the database in the near future. Spurious works and those by authors other than Llull are usually being skipped for reasons of economy. The title of any given work is complemented by its number in the Glorieux, Platzeck, Bonner, and ROL catalogues. In addition, each manuscript is linked with the corresponding entry in the Ramon Llull Database of the University of Barcelona (Base de Dades Ramon Llull / Ramon Llull Database: orbita.bib.ub.es/llull/), which offers information concerning Lullian works, manuscripts and editions, catalogues, Lullists, and secondary literature.

 After clicking on Anzeigen, the user may either browse through the pages of the codex or search for a certain folio by typing its number (e.g. 52r) in the field Gehe zu. For better legibility the images can also be viewed in their original (large!) size by clicking on Details and then on the files/folios listed there. The digitized manuscript can be downloaded by clicking on ZIP generieren (zip program required!), single images by clicking on Details first, and then choosing the folio by single-clicking on the right mouse-button and saving it.

 For further information contact:

Dr. Viola Tenge-Wolf
Institut für Systematische Theologie
AB Quellenkunde der Theologie des Mittelalters
Platz der Universität 3
D - 79085 Freiburg

+49 (0)761/203-2084
+49 (0)761/203-2097

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