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

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Albert Derolez has developed new terminology for describing the different scripts in this detailed study of handwriting in manuscript books produced in western and central Europe from c.1100 to c.1530. This makes Derolez's survey unique and an ideal tool for all interested in late-medieval book and handwriting culture. The text is illustrated with 600 drawings of letter-forms and 160 photographs of parts of manuscripts reproduced to actual-size.

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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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Meet the Author

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

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Table of Contents

Introduction; 1. The manuscript book in the late Middle Ages; 2. The Carolingian heritage; 3. Praegothica; 4. Northern textualis; 5. Southern textualis and semitextualis; 6. Cursive scripts in general; 7. Cursiva antiquior; 8. Cursiva; 9. Hybrida and semihybrida; 10. Gothico-humanistica and other 'hors systeme' scripts; Appendix; Abbreviated sources; Select bibliography; Index of manuscripts reproduced in the plates; General index; Plates.

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