Remember the entry about the alphabet-book film series Mysteries of Vernacular? With his "Medieval Letter People", the marvelously named Eric Kwakkel opens my eyes yet again to the materiality of the letter in books and book art - and prompts this renewed but brief hunt for abecedaries. The human body is one of the most common objects... Continue Reading →
"The British Library is delighted to be a major lender to the exhibition The Lindisfarne Gospels in Durham, which runs from 1 July to 30 September 2013. No fewer than six of the Library's greatest Anglo-Saxon and medieval treasures are on display at Palace Green Library in Durham, among them the St Cuthbert Gospel, the Ceolfrith Bible and, of... Continue Reading →
The British Library's "Medieval and Earlier Manuscripts" blog is a reliable source of visual delight and provocation to think about the interplay of the print and digital worlds. It also prompts the application of Ezra Pound's critical technique of juxtaposing works, demonstrated so well in his The ABC of Reading. Earlier this year, Ann Tomalak, Conservator,... Continue Reading →
Mooney, Linne, Simon Horobin, and Estelle Stubbs. Late Medieval English Scribes <http://www.medievalscribes .com>, ISBN 978-0-9557876-6-9, [25 December 2012]. Here is a useful tool for using colophons to identify scribes by the style of their "hands".
Elsewhere I have commented on this JISC-funded project rising like a medieval cathedral from busy hands at the universities of Sheffield, Leicester, Birmingham, Glasgow, York and Queen's (Belfast) will warm the enlightened taxpayer's cockles. It is now coming to a summary conference to be held at the University of Leicester on 11 January 2013. Everything about... Continue Reading →
Ebook Timeline Updated - 20140201 Here's a previously missed infographic for the evolution of the book - a bit skeletal but with the elegance of the format. And while we are at it, let's add some bibliographic and webographic "evolution" entries: Chris Armstrong's article "Books in a Virtual World: The evolution of the e-book and its lexicon",... Continue Reading →
Even the "book arts" are having to go back to the future, sort of, to survive. In the Renaissance, the arts and manuscripts were supported by the patronage of the rich and powerful, intent on securing fame, honor or redemption by association with lasting works. Along comes the democratizing printing press, and eventually (a very... Continue Reading →
The colophon – that last page at the end of a manuscript or book – has served so many purposes such as giving the title of the work, identifying the scribe or printer, naming the place and date of completion or imprint, thanking and praising the patron, bragging, blaming, apologizing, entreating, praying and much more that... Continue Reading →