Kärntner Landesarchiv, GV 6/19
(Millstätter Genesis und Physiologus)


Produced: South Bavarian region (Carinthia), 1st half 12th century
Current Location: Kärntner Landesarchiv, Klagenfurt, Austria
Manuscript Type: Miscellany
Physiologus Version: Middle High German
Language: German (Middle High)
Folios: 167
Illustrated: Yes
Media: Parchment
Dimensions: Height: 20 cm Width: 13 cm
Folio 80r


The Middle High German Physiologus is on folio 84v-101r. Illustrated with colored line drawings.

The earliest example of a richly illustrated codex in German. The codex is of literary and philological interest for its early Middle High German texts, including most importantly Genesis, Exodus, Physiologus, Vom Rechte, and Die Hochzeit. The illustrations have received art historical attention for preserving a pictorial recension of Genesis, occurring most importantly in Cotton Genesis fragments in the British Library, in a mosaic cupola at St. Marks in Venice, and in the Genesis frontispieces of the Carolingian bibles created at Tours.

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Editions and Facsimiles

Printed editions

Lauchert, Geschichte der Physiologus mit zwei Textbeilagen, 1889
Maurer, Der altdeutsche Physiologus : die Millstätter Reimfassung und die Wiener Prosa, 1967

Printed facsimiles

Kracher, Die Millstätter Genesis- und Physiologus-Handschrift facsimile edition