[Copialbuch von Briefen, Verträgen etc. etc. aus dem 13. 14. 15 und 16 Jahrhundert] : [manuscript]

Abtei Altenberg (Altenberg, Odenthal, Germany) [Browse]
Manuscript, Book
  • Latin
  • German
[between 1400 and 1499; 1648]
314 leaves, bound : paper ; 298 x 208 mm


Former owner
Getty AAT genre
Summary note
Includes records of the Premonstratensian women's community at Altenberg (near Wetzlar) for ss. xiii-xvi. (dated 1648 on cover).
  • Title from Leander Van Ess's inventory.
  • Ms., pp. 265-288 are from the 15th century; the remainder is from the mid-17th century; assembled in 1648 at Altenberg.
  • Several scribes.
  • Binding: vellum on paper boards; evidence of green silk ties.
Location of other archival materials
See also companion volume containing later records: UTS Ms. 20A.
Exhibitions note
Exhibited: "so precious a foundation," organized by Milton McC. Gatch, 1996.
Language note
In Latin and German.
Belonging to the Premonstratensian women's community at Altenberg, this item was part of over 13,000 items purchased in 1838 from Leander van Ess as the core of then-fledgling Union Theological Seminary's library. Volume 3 of the [Catalog of the Van Ess collection] lists the manuscripts included in the purchase.
Source acquisition
Purchased; Leander van Ess (1772-1847); 1838.
Publications about
'So precious a foundation' : the library of Leander van Ess at the Burke Library of Union Theological Seminary in the city of New York / Edited by Milton McC. Gatch. New York : Union Theological Seminary and the Grolier Club, 1996. 0910672172
  • De Ricci, 2: 1643
  • Gatch. Van Ess catalog C-20
Cite as
Burke Library at Union Theological Seminary. UTS Ms. 20.
Place name(s)
Germany Altenberg.
Other title(s)
  • [Cartulary]
  • Mera copia literarum
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