The Palaeography of Gothic Manuscript Books: From the Twelfth to the Early Sixteenth Century

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This book is the first to present a detailed survey of all book scripts in use in Western and Central Europe from c. 1100 to c. 1530 (with the exception of Humanistic script). This period has been poorly served in almost all other palaeographical handbooks. By adopting a largely new classification of scripts based on objective criteria which incorporates many of the terms currently in use, this book aims to end the confusion which has hitherto obscured the study of late medieval handwriting. It is based upon an examination of a very large number of dated specimens, and is thus the first survey to take full advantage of the incomparable palaeographical resource provided by the Catalogues of Dated Manuscripts. The text is illustrated throughout with over 500 drawings of letters and symbols. Actual-size reproductions of 160 manuscripts provide datable specimens of all the scripts discussed, accompanied by partial transcriptions and palaeographical commentary.
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"The Paleographic of Gothic Manuscript Books is an excellent tool for empirical analysis of Gothic book hands..." Times Literary Supplement

"We are grateful to the institutions who waived a total of 166 reproduction fees for the publication of this book; our learning would be much poorer without the wealth of plates. Michael Gullick executed the clear and graceful line drawings of the letters. Tessa Webber reviewed the text and the English, making it a pleasure to read the book. Acknowledgements are to scholars all across the spread of western European culture, indicative of Derolez's very real intention to break free of parachial attitudes toward script." Speculum Consuelo W. Dutschke, Columbia University

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Albert Derolez is Professor Emeritus of Palaeography and Codicology at the Vrije Universiteit, Brussels, Belgium.

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Table of Contents

List of plates
Note on the illustrations
Abbreviated titles
Introduction 1
1 The manuscript book in the late Middle Ages 28
2 The Carolingian heritage 47
3 Praegothica 56
4 Northern Textualis 72
5 Southern Textualis and Semitextualis 102
I Textualis in Italy 103
II Textualis in Spain and Portugal 111
III Textualis in Southern France 116
IV Southern Textualis in other countries 117
V Semitextualis 118
VI Semitextualis in Italy 119
VII Semitextualis in other countries 121
6 Cursive scripts in general 123
7 Cursiva Antiquior 133
I Cursiva Antiquior in the German-speaking countries, Central Europe and Scandinavia 133
II Cursiva Antiquior in England: Anglicana 134
8 Cursiva 142
9 Hybrida and Semihybrida 163
10 Gothico-Antiqua and other 'hors systeme' scripts 176
I Gothico-Antiqua in Italy 176
II The diffusion of Gothica-Antiqua outside Italy 180
III Other scripts outside the expanded Lieftinck system 181
App Observations on majuscules, punctuation, abbreviations, special signs and orthography 183
Select bibliography 191
Acknowledgements for illustrations 196
Index of manuscripts reproduced in the plates 197
General index 200
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