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Codex Abrogans, the Oldest Surviving Book in the German Language

775 CE to 790 CE
<p>St. Gallen, Stiftsbibliothek, Cod. Sang. 91, Abrogans, p. 4.</p>

St. Gallen, Stiftsbibliothek, Cod. Sang. 91, Abrogans, p. 4.

The Abrogans, or Codex Abrogans, a dictionary of synonyms or glossary or word-list from Latin into Old High German, is the oldest surviving book in the German language. Abrogans ("humble") is the first word on the word-list.

The codex is preserved in the library of the Abbey of St. Gall. (St. Gall, Stiftsbibliothek, Codex 911).  In February 2014 a digital facsimile was available as part of the Codices Electronic Sangallenses (CESG) virtual library project at this link.

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