Introduction to Manuscript Studies / Edition 1

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Providing a comprehensive and accessible orientation to the field of medieval manuscript studies, this lavishly illustrated book by Raymond Clemens and Timothy Graham is unique among handbooks on paleography, codicology, and manuscript illumination in its scope and level of detail. It will be of immeasurable help to students in history, art history, literature, and religious studies who are encountering medieval manuscripts for the first time, while also appealing to advanced scholars and general readers interested in the history of the book before the age of print.

Introduction to Manuscript Studies features three sections:

• Part 1, "Making the Medieval Manuscript," offers an in-depth examination of the process of manuscript production, from the preparation of the writing surface through the stages of copying the text, rubrication, decoration, glossing, and annotation to the binding and storage of the completed codex.

• Part 2, "Reading the Medieval Manuscript," focuses on the skills necessary for the successful study of manuscripts, with chapters on transcribing and editing; reading texts damaged by fire, water, insects, and other factors; assessing evidence for origin and provenance; and describing and cataloguing manuscripts. This part ends with a survey of sixteen medieval scripts dating from the eighth to the fifteenth century.

• Part 3, "Some Manuscript Genres," provides an analysis of several of the most frequently encountered types of medieval manuscripts, including Bibles and biblical concordances, liturgical service books, Books of Hours, charters and cartularies, maps, and rolls and scrolls. The book concludes with an extensive glossary, a guide to dictionaries of medieval Latin, and a bibliography subdivided and keyed to the subsections of the volume's chapters.

Every chapter in this magisterial guidebook features numerous color plates that exemplify each aspect described in the text and are drawn primarily from the collections of the Newberry Library in Chicago and the Parker Library of Corpus Christi College, Cambridge.

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"A volume of broad, interdisciplinary appeal. . . . This volume would be an excellent classroom resource . . . . This beautifully illustrated, skillfully organized resource is an ideal survey of the field, valuable for presenting information critical to new students and veteran scholars, for teaching the history and scope of the medieval manuscript. A very worthwhile addition to collections in medieval studies, art history, English literature, or archival studies."—Choice

"Introduction to Manuscript Studies is for beginners and seasoned scholars alike, offering details—such as that the best quills are plucked in the springtime from the left wings of live geese—that will delight everyone. Bringing together codicology, paleography, material culture, and a bit of art history as well, this gorgeous, comprehensive, and charming book should be on the syllabus of every course in medieval studies."—Barbara H. Rosenwein, Loyola University Chicago

"Impressive in both its comprehensive range and depth of detail and even more remarkable for the clarity of its writing and illustration, this long-needed volume will serve as an admirable introduction for students from the many disciplines that study medieval manuscripts. It is also likely to become a treasured reference tool for experienced scholars."—Richard K. Emmerson, Florida State University

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780801487088
  • Publisher: Cornell University Press
  • Publication date: 12/28/2007
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 320
  • Sales rank: 483,584
  • Product dimensions: 9.00 (w) x 12.00 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Raymond Clemens is Associate Professor of History at Illinois State University and former Acting Director of the Newberry Library's Center for Renaissance Studies. Timothy Graham is Director of the Institute for Medieval Studies and Associate Professor of History at the University of New Mexico. He is the editor of The Recovery of Old English: Anglo-Saxon Studies in the Sixteenth and Seventeenth Centuries and coeditor of Medieval Art: Recent Perspectives.
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Table of Contents

Part I: Making the Medieval Manuscript
Chapter 1. Writing Supports
Chapter 2. Text and Decoration
Chapter 3. Correction, Glossing, and Annotation
Chapter 4. Assembling, Binding, and Storing the Completed Manuscript

Part II. Reading the Medieval Manuscript
Chapter 5. Working with Medieval Manuscripts
Chapter 6. Punctuation and Abbreviation
Chapter 7. Encounters with Damaged Manuscripts
Chapter 8, Assessing Manuscript Origin and Provenance
Chapter 9. Manuscript Description
Chapter 10. Selected Scripts

Part III: Some Manuscript Genres
Chapter 11, The Bible and Related Texts
Chapter 12. Liturgical Books and Their Calendars
Chapter 13. Books of Hours
Chapter 14. Charters and Cartularies
Chapter 15. Maps
Chapter 16. Rolls and Scrolls

Appendix: Tools for the Study of Medieval Latin
by Anders Winroth


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