A Catalogue of the Pre-1500 Western Manuscript Books at the Newberry Library
Some of the books, such as those from the libraries of Philip the Good and Anne of Brittany, are beautifully illuminated. But the collection also includes an unusual array of "typical" medieval books, chosen not for their beauty but for their paleographical, codicological, and textual interest. Such codices include an eleventh-century Carthusian monk, and numerous books of hours adapted for feminine use. Paul Saenger has painstakingly identified the text, illumination, physical structure, and provenance for each of the more than 200 books in the collection to provide an exemplary guide to literate culture in the late Middle Ages.
This catalogue, carefully researched and handsomely illustrated, will be an invaluable resource for historians, art historians, paleographers, bibliographers, and collectors.
Abbreviations and References
Examples of Selected Scripts
Index of Authors, Titles, and Subjects
Incipits of Latin Prayers and Unidentified or Difficult-to-Identify Texts and Fragments
Index of Scribes, Former Owners, and Selected Codicological Characteristics
Table of Dated and Datable Manuscripts
Plates of Selected Dated and Datable Manuscripts and Unidentified Coats of Arms