16th Century Manuscript Holdings

For historians and researchers interested in the 16th century, we have a small selection of pre-1600 manuscripts. If you are interested in viewing the items listed below, contact our Archivist, Hunt Schenkel, hunt@schwenkfelder.com or call 215-679-3103 to make an appointment.

Title page from Biblia beyder allt und newen Testame[n]ts teutsch.1529. Marginalia notes made by Caspar Schwenckfeld (von Ossig).

1. (Pictured Left)
Date of MS: 16th c.
Title: Biblia beyder allt und newen Testame[n]ts teutsch.
Description: Imprint, printed in 1529 in Worms by Peter Schöfern. Manuscript marginalia in German and Latin, by Caspar Schwenckfeld; good condition; pages unnumbered, 34 cm.

Caspar Schwenckfeld’s Bible (pictured left) is frequently on display in our galleries. When not on exhibit, the portrait of Schwenckfeld painted in 1556 is on view. Schwenckfeld wrote notes in the margins throughout the printed text.

2.
Date of MS: 1574
Copyist: Adam Reissner
Title: Evangelivm Ihesvh Christi. Verkhundung des Heils vnd Himelreichs wie Mathaevs der Apostel vnd Euangelist beschriben. Mir Heiliger Schrifft erclert und außgelegt durch Adam Reisner.
Description: Bound manuscript, copied by Adam Reissner; good condition; 672 p., 32 cm.
Call no.: VA 1-2

Adam Reissner (b 1496 d 1575) was a South German Schwenkfelder, a personal friend and follower of Caspar Schwenckfeld. Reissner was a private secretary, a Mystic, and wrote many hymns.

3.
Date of MS: 1571
Author: Michael Hiller
Copyist: J.M.
Title: Postilla und Aüslegung : der Eüangelionn gepredigt durch dem Gott gelerten Michael Hillern …
Description: Bound manuscript; collection of sermons by Michael Hiller; good condition; 695 p., 31 cm.
Call no.: VA 5-5

Michael Hiller, a Silesian Schwenkfelder in the late 16th century kept Schwenkfeldianism alive in the town of Zobten. He was an independent follower of Caspar Schwenckfeld, and his sermons (a collection of sermons is called a Postill) were widely read amongst Schwenkfelders. Schwenkfelder immigrant Abraham Wagner brought his personal copy of Michael Hiller’s Postill, owned by his Grandfather, to America in 1737.

4.
Date of MS: 1571
Author: Michael Hiller
Copyist: Nichloaus Tetschke
Title: Postilla vnd Aüslegüng der Euangelien : Gepredigt dürch den gottgelerten man, Michael Hillern … Abgeschrieben vnd züsamen getragen dürch Nickolaüm Tetschken jm 1571 Jore [sic].
Description: Bound manuscript; collection of sermons by Michael Hiller; fair condition; 733 p., 32 cm.
Call no.: VA 5-6

Possible Pre-1600 Manuscripts

1.
Date of MS: 1566
Author: Michael Hiller
Copyist: Unknown
Title: Postilla vnd Außlegung der Euangelien, geleret vnd geprediget dürch den gottgelerten man Michael Hillern …
Description: Bound manuscript; collection of sermons by Michael Hiller; fair condition; 540 p., 31 cm.
Call no.: VA 5-7

2.
Date of MS: 1571
Author: Michael Hiller
Copyist: Unknown
Title: Postilla vnd Auslegung der Euangelion : Gelertt vnd gepredigt : Durch denn Gott gelertten Mann Michel Hillern …
Description: Bound manuscript; collection of sermons by Michael Hiller; poor condition; pages unnumbered, 32 cm.
Call no.: VA 5-4

3.
Date of MS: 1572?
Author: Unknown
Copyist: Unknown
Description: Collection of sermons; poor condition; [757] p., 33 cm.
Call no.: VA 5-3

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