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Digitized images of Hungarian manuscripts

On this page I am attempting to collect links to digitized medieval manuscripts and incunabula of Hungarian provenance or with content relevant to the Kingdom of Hungary. As a pilot-project, links to images of Corvinian manuscripts have been collected first. Below, you can also find links to luxury manuscripts from the Angevin period.


Bibliotheca Corviniana

The Bibliotheca Corviniana, the library put together by King Matthias Corvinus (1458-1490) was one of the largest libraries of medieval Europe. A humanist library, comprised largely of the works of classical authors, as well as modern historical and scientific works, the collection included a vast number of beautifully illuminated manuscripts. The library was dispersed soon after the death of the king, and today just over 200 volumes of it have been identified. An ambitious project aimed at the virtual reconstruction of the library has been started by the Széchényi National Library (Budapest). The Digital Corvina Library aims to gather all information and digital facsimiles of all of the surviving volumes from the library of King Matthias. Unfortunately, the site apparently has not been updated in several years. It now includes the digital facsimiles of all 36 Corvina volumes held at the National Library. Below you can find direct links to these, as well as to an additional 70 fully digitized Corvinian manuscripts, as well as to many additional images. Further information and bibliography is available on the Bibliotheca Corviniana Digitalis site.

Links to digitized manuscripts


Budapest, Széchényi National Library

(34 Corvinian manuscripts, 2 incunabula)

Budapest, University Library, ELTE

(14 Corvinian manuscripts)
Unfortunately, image resolution in this database is way too low, plus the images are watermarked, making them quite useless for serious study

Budapest, Library of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences

Digital facsimile of one manuscript, with transcription and translations of text, and with commentary:

K 397; Carbo, Ludovicus: De Divi Matthiae regis laudibus rebusque gestis dialogus

Czech Republic

Praha,  Národní knihovna České republiky (click on the 'facsimile' links)

Cod. Lat. VIII. H. 73: Thomas Aquinas: Commentarium in librum De coelo et mundo Aristotelis
Cod. Lat. VIII. H. 76: Nagonius: Ad divum Wladislaum regem pronostichon et panegyrichon

, Zemský archiv Opava, pobočka Olomouc

CO. 330: Alberti, Leon Battista: De re aedificatoria, 1485-90


Nicolaus Copernicus University Library

Rps 107: Naldus: Epistola de laudibus augustae bibliothecae

Wroclaw, University Library

R 492, Horologium, in Greek


Bibliotheca Medicea-Laurenziana

(28 Corvinian manuscripts digitized)
The library holds over 30 codices which were originally ordered by King Matthias. Many of these manuscripts were still unfinished at the time when news of the king's death reached Florence (1490). The volumes have been incorporated into the Medici collections and it seems that most of them were only fully decorated and finished for Pope Leo X, at around 1513. For more information, descriptions, etc. use the website of the Laurenziana library (the database requires Java to run).

Biblioteca Estense universitaria

The library holds 15 Corvinian manuscripts. As far as I can tell, they have not been digitized. In connection with a 2002 exhibition, several images have been made available online, but without any explanation. You can find these here. The catalogue of the exhibition is also available in a full text PDF version in Italian and in Hungarian.


Wolfenbüttel, Herzog August Bibliothek

(9 Corvinian manuscripts)

Munich, Bayerische Staatsbibliothek

(8 Corvinian manuscripts)

Information on two Corvina-manuscripts in Dresden (Saxon State and University Library, Dresden)


Bibliotheque Nationale

Holds a total of 9 Corvina manuscripts, of which three have been fully digitized so far.

Cod. Lat. 2129: Cassianus, De institutis coenobriorum, c. 1490, illuminated by the Cassianus master
Cod. Lat. 6390: Seneca, Varia opera philosophica. North Italy, late 14th c.
Cod. Lat. 16839: Hieronymus, Breviarium in Psalmos David, 1488, illuminated by Attavante

Besançon, Bibliotheque Municipale

MS 166: [Pseudo] Dionysius Areopagita: Opera e Graeco in Latinum traducta per Ambrosium Traversarii, 1457

(five photos only)


Royal Library of Belgium

Full digital facsimile of the Missal of Matthias, illuminated by Attavente. With studies on the manuscripts:
Ms. 9008, Missal of King Matthias

United States

Cambridge, Harvard University,
Houghton Library

Ms Typ 91; Pius II, Epistolae familiares, c. 1470, from the library of Johannes Vitéz

New Haven,
Yale University, Beinecke Library

Ms 145; Tacitus: Annalium libri XI-XV
Ms. 284; Cicero: Opera Philosphica, c. 1470, from the library of Johannes Vitéz (select images)

New York, New York Public Library

Spencer Collection Ms. 27, Livius, Historiarum decas III, see a selection of images here.

Luxury manuscripts from the Angevin period

Nekcsei Bible, before 1338

Information and images provided by the Library of Congress, Washington


Hungarian Angevin Legendary, c. 1325-1335

Several leaves, mainly from the Morgan:

Morgan Library: browse through the single leafs preserved at the Morgan Library (images from 28 pages in the Corsair database), or see this page for more information.

Metropolitan Museum: Photo and description in collection database

Louvre: Photo of single leaf

Berkeley, University of California, Bancroft Library: Rare Book Collections, BANC MS UCB 130:f1300:37 (1 leaf)


Illuminated Chronicle:

The facsimile edition of the Chronicle is also available in a PDF version.

As comparative material, see also the digital edition of Neapolitan Anjou Bible.


Hungarian Language Manuscripts


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