In Manus on line, 777 new descriptions related to manuscripts held in the Fondo Antico of the Biblioteca comunale in Assisi are now available to users.
This collection is being preserved in the Centro di documentazione francescanaof the Sacro Convento di S. Francesco in Assisi since 1981; it includes very important evidences relating to Umbrian culture, and particularly those concerning Franciscanism. For example, ms. 338 is the most ancient evidence of st. Francis' works:
Incipit of st. Francis' Canticle of the Creatures, ms. 338, c. 33r.
The Fondo Antico of the Biblioteca comunale originates from the 19th century dissolution of the religious orders, and preserves handwritten evidences of local conventual libraries, not only from the Sacro Convento, but also, for example, from the Porziuncola, from the Sant'Antonio del Terz'Ordine Regolare, from the Capuchins, from San Damiano, from the Eremo delle Carceri.
The cataloguing and digitization project is based on the retrieval of the work of an eminent scholar involved in Franciscan sources, Father Cesare Cenci, author of the Bibliotheca Manuscripta ad Sacrum Conventum Assisiensem (Assisi, Casa Editrice Francescana, 1981).