One of the oldest surviving song manuscripts: 100 songs and their notes with the oldest authentic portrait of a poet

Oswald of Wolkenstein: Manuscript A

Probably Kloster Neustift near Brixen (Italy) — Around 1425

Oswald of Wolkenstein: Manuscript A

Oswald of Wolkenstein: Manuscript A

Probably Kloster Neustift near Brixen (Italy) — Around 1425

  1. One of the oldest surviving song manuscripts, consisting of 100 songs and their notation

  2. The artistic embellishment of the work is also impressive

  3. The portrait on the interior side of the front cover is also the oldest authentic portrait of a German poet

Oswald of Wolkenstein: Manuscript A

Alternative Titles:
  • Oswald von Wolkenstein: Handschrift A
Oswald of Wolkenstein: Manuscript A – Cod. Vindob. 2777 – Österreichische Nationalbibliothek (Vienna, Austria)
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Short Description

Oswald von Wolkenstein´s songbook was compiled during his lifetime and presumably at his command. Carefully written and attractively illuminated, the manuscript has been well preserved; and its lines and colors have remained intact despite six centuries and equally clear and bright in this facsimile. To be sure, the portrait of the author has suffered the ravages of time; therefore this edition also reproduces a later, yet satisfactory, reconstructed copy.

Oswald of Wolkenstein Manuscript A

The work at hand is the first complete color study edition of the oldest surviving Liederhandschrift or “song manuscript” consisting of 100 songs with notes, which are transmitted to us in Codex Vindobonensis 2777. This is the key manuscript for any research into Oswald von Wolkenstein (1376/77–1445). The precious original can now be simultaneously stored and made accessible thanks to the facsimile edition.

The manuscript originating from 1425 was probably written at Oswald’s request, like the newer Innsbruck Codex B. Now that Ms. B is no longer considered merely a corrected and expanded copy of Ms. A, but a compilation of the same separate texts, it is evident that any further textual study must take Ms. A. into account. The significance of the manuscript lies not only in the very important transmission of the texts and notes, which with the help of this edition can be read for the first time without consulting the original, but rather in the artistic furnishings, which are simple yet impressive.

The portrait of the poet on the interior side of the front cover is particularly important for the history of Tirolean illumination. It is the oldest authentic portrait of a German poet.

Codicology
Alternative Titles
Oswald von Wolkenstein: Handschrift A
Size / Format
66 folios / 36.8 × 26.8 cm
Date
Around 1425
Style
Genre
Language
Illustrations
1 full-page miniature
Content
150 songs
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Oswald von Wolkenstein: Handschrift A Facsimile

Oswald of Wolkenstein: Manuscript A – Cod. Vindob. 2777 – Österreichische Nationalbibliothek (Vienna, Austria)
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Oswald von Wolkenstein: Handschrift A Facsimile

1 volume: Exact reproduction of the original document (extent, color and size)
Publisher
Akademische Druck- u. Verlagsanstalt (ADEVA) – Graz, 1977
Binding
Cloth
Commentary
1 volume by F. Delbono
Language: German

Delbono, Rome. 50 pp. Text with 6 black-and-white ill. and 1 colour-plate.
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Reproduction of the entire original document as detailed as possible (scope, format, colors). The binding may not correspond to the original or current document binding.
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