Surveys the many forms in which writing has evolved in East and West, the tools and materials used, and how they have influenced the development of scripts. She examines particularly the processes involved in the production of the medieval book in the West, and assesses the impact of later technological developments in communication on the current state of writing and its future.
From handwritten texts to online books, the page has been a standard interface for transmitting knowledge for over two millennia. It is also a dynamic device, readily transformed to suit the needs of contemporary readers. In How the Page Matters, Bonnie Mak explores how changing technology has affected the reception of visual and written information.
"This book provides an orientation to the field of medieval manuscript studies. It will be of 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. Every chapter in this 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."--BOOK JACKET.
The illuminated manuscript was the primary vehicle of learning, religion, and art during the Middle Ages and Renaissance. Of all the illuminated manuscripts from this period, the Book of Hours was, by far, the most popular and among the most exquisitely made. It contained prayers to be recited by aristocratic and well-to-do lay people. Many books of hours were elaborately decorated.
'The Lord created the various creatures...not only for the sustenance of man but also for their instruction', Thomas of Cobham (AD 1236).In the Middle Ages, people believed that studying animals allowed them to read the Divine Order as written in the natural world. In image and word, medieval bestiaries illustrated beasts in stunning detail and explained their scientific nature as well as their allegorical significance.This bestiary, dating from the mid-13th century and preserved at the Bodleian Library in Oxford since the early 17th century, is one of the finest and most charming medieval English bestiaries. A perfect example of medieval illumination, it is clearly the work of a master artist and was probably destined for an aristocratic home.
Facsimile edition of a 15th-century (ca. 1460-1477), heart-shaped song book belonging to Jean de Montchenu (Ms. Occ. Rothschild 2973). The manuscript is housed in the Bibliothèque nationale de France.
Illuminated with spectacular miniatures and borders in glittering gold and splendid colors for Catherine of Cleves, Duchess of Guelders, this stunning manuscript is arguably the most beautiful ever produced in the Northern Netherlands. The book presents more than 100 leaves of the manuscript, which contains some of the most beautiful illustrations of the Bible ever made, including important scenes from the Old and New Testaments as well as the Stations of the Cross and portraits of the saints. With exquisite new photography, close-up details, and an in-depth discussion of the manuscript, this is the essential volume on a masterpiece.
Facsimile reproduction of 46 leaves of an incomplete manuscript of Old Testament illustrations, possibly commissioned by King Louis IX of France and produced in Paris ca. 1250. The original is preserved in the Morgan Library under the shelfmark M.638. Two leaves originally belonging to the ms. are in the Bibliothèque nationale de France (Ms. nouv. acq. fr. 2294); another is in the J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles (83. MA. 55)
The manuscript includes Latin texts accompanying the illuminations; in the 17th century it came into the possession of Shah Abbas the Great, King of Persia, and Persian explanations were inscribed in the margins; a later owner added commentary in Judeo-Persian.
The Morgan Library has made a digitized version of the manuscript available.
The Tacuinum sanitatis was an eleventh-century health handbook written by Ibn Butlan of Baghdad. In it he presents the elements needed for a healthful and happy life. He notes, for example, that it is better to consume brown bread than white. In the fourteenth-century illustrated versions made in Italy the emphasis is on picturing attractive scenes drawing on themes from courtly love, fashionable dress, and estate management for an idealized view of agriculture, food production and the developing stages of shopping and a consumer economy.
Commissioned by the influential patron, Jean de Berry, in the early years of the fifteenth century, this masterpiece was executed by the three Limbourg brothers, the greatest miniaturists of the time. The manuscript opens with a calendar illuminating scenes of daily life during the twelve months and is followed by the prayers of offices celebrated at different times of the day. These texts are often accompanied by miniatures, in which the artists' imaginative and decorative genius are fully revealed.
The Pemberton Bible and the English Psalter at Haverford