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Bibliography: Basic resources worth knowing


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Some "basic" reading and reference resources in Manuscript Studies and Archival Research (some places to start):

Beal, Peter. A Dictionary of English Manuscript Terminology, 1450-2000. Oxford and New York; Oxford University Press, 2008. [Publisher's description: "One of the world's leading experts on English manuscripts defines some 1,500 terms, including types of manuscript, their physical features, writing implements, writing surfaces, scribes, scripts, postal markings, and seals."] [* Subject heading: Some basic resources; medieval manuscripts; terminology: glossary *]

Beal, Peter, et al. Index of English Literary Manuscripts. Ed. P. J. Croft, Theodore Hofmann, and John Horden. 4 vols. in 11. London and New York: Mansell, 1980-1993. [A finding list for the manuscripts of English authors, from 1450 to 1900.] [* Subject heading: Some basic resources; medieval manuscripts; manuscript catalogues and finding lists (thematic: medieval literature) *]

Bischoff, Bernhard. Latin Palaeography: Antiquity and the Middle Ages. Trans. Dáibhí O. Cróinín and David Ganz. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, in Association with the Medieval Academy of Ireland, 1990. [Translation of Paläographie des romischen Altertums und des abendländischen Mittelalters. Berlin: Erich Schmidt Verlag, 1979; 2nd ed. 1986.] [* Subject heading: Some basic resources; medieval manuscripts; paleography (history of handwriting) *]

Book History 1 (1998)-. [Annual: journal of the Society for the History of Authorship, Reading and Publishing (SHARP).] [* Subject heading: history of the book (journals); authors and authorship; reading and readers *]

Boyle, Leonard E. "Diplomatics." In Medieval Studies: An Introduction. 2nd ed. Ed. James M. Powell. Syracuse: Syracuse University Press, 1992. Pp. 82-113. [* Subject heading: Some basic resources; diplomatics; archival research (historical documents) *]

Boyle, Leonard E. Medieval Latin Palaeography: A Bibliographical Introduction. Toronto Medieval Bibliographies 8. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, in Association with the Centre for Medieval Studies, 1984. [Each of the major sections of Boyle's bibliography is introduced by short but quite useful essays or notes on the topic of the section. Included are essays on cultural setting; Latin writing and its derivatives; the monastic period; insular, Visigothic, Beneventan, Carolingian, Gothic, and humanistic hands; and the "human," "institutional," "textual," and "research" settings.] [* Subject heading: Some basic resources; paleography (history of handwriting) *]

Cappelli, Adriano. Lexicon abbreviaturarum: Dizionario di abbreviature latine ed italiane. 6th ed. Milan: Ulrico Hoepli, 1979. [A vital tool for the Latin paleographer: a dictionary of the abbreviations found commonly in Latin MSS. Less essential, but still useful, for English.] [* Subject heading: Some basic resources; scribes and scribal practices; manuscript production; paleography (history of handwriting); scribal abbreviations (dictionaries); abbreviations (tachygraphy; Tironian notae [Tiro the scribe, notes], etc.) *]

Dawson, Giles E., and Laetitia Kennedy-Skipton. Elizabethan Handwriting, 1500-1650: A Manual. New York: W. W. Norton, 1966. [Paleographical handbook, based primarily on examples from the Folger Shakespeare Library.] [* Subject heading: Some basic resources; paleography (history of handwriting); manuscripts (facsimiles): paleographical samples *]

De Hamel, Christopher. "Medieval Manuscript Studies." In The Book Encompassed: Studies in Twentieth-Century Bibliography. Ed. Peter Davison. Cambridge and New York: Cambridge University Press, 1992. Pp. 37-45. [Rpt. Winchester: St. Paul's Bibliographies; New Castle, DE: Oak Knoll Books, 1998.] [De Hamel provides a rapid and readable survey of twentieth-century contributions to medieval manuscript studies, from M. R. James to Albinia de la Mare (and many others), including a list of the most significant books and series of books which students in this field should know.] [* Subject heading: Some basic resources; bibliographical studies: history of; paleography: history of; codicology: history of *]

English Manuscript Studies, 1100-1700 1 (1988)-. [Annual (though not perfectly regular) journal.] [* Subject heading: Some basic resources; manuscripts (journals); manuscripts (codicological study) *]

Gaskell, Philip. A New Introduction to Bibliography. Corrected reprint. Oxford: Clarendon Press; New York: Oxford University Press, 1974. [* Subject heading: Some basic resources; general bibliography (study of the book); history of printing; early printed books; modern books *]

Glaister, Geoffrey Ashall. Glaister's Glossary of the Book: Terms used in Papermaking, Printing, Bookbinding and Publishing, with Notes on Illuminated Manuscripts and Private Presses. 2nd ed. Berkeley: University of California Press, 1979. [Reissued in 1996 (but not a new edition) as The Encyclopedia of the Book.] [* Subject heading: Some basic resources; terminology: glossary *]

Greetham, D. C. Textual Scholarship: An Introduction. Garland Reference Library of the Humanities 1417. New York and London: Garland Publishing, 1992. [* Subject heading: Some basic resources; general bibliography (study of the book); textual criticism and editing *]

Griffiths, Jeremy, and Derek Pearsall, eds. Book Production and Publishing in Britain 1375-1475. Cambridge Studies in Publishing and Printing History. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1989. [Contents: R. J. Lyall, "Materials: The Paper Revolution"; Kathleen L. Scott, "Design, Decoration, and Illustration"; Mirjam M. Foot, "English Decorated Bookbindings"; C. Paul Christianson, "Evidence for the Study of London's Late Medieval Manuscript-Book Trade"; A. I. Doyle, "Publication by Members of the Religious Orders"; Anne Hudson, "Lollard Book Production"; Andrew Wathey, "The Production of Books of Liturgical Polyphony"; Kate Harris, "Patrons, Buyers and Owners: The Evidence for Ownership, and the Rôle of Book Owners in Book Production and the Book Trade"; Carol Meale, "Patrons, Buyers and Owners: Book Production and Social Status"; R. J. Lyall, "Books and Book Owners in Fifteenth-Century Scotland"; A. S. G. Edwards and Derek Pearsall, "The Manuscripts of the Major English Poetic Texts"; Julia Boffey and John J. Thompson, "Anthologies and Miscellanies: Production and Choice of Texts"; Vincent Gillespie, "Vernacular Books of Religion"; Linda Ehrsam Voigts, "Scientific and Medical Books"; N. F. Blake, "Manuscript to Print."] [* Subject heading: Some basic resources; manuscript production; manuscript decoration and illustration (illumination); paleography (history of handwriting); material production (bookbinding, paper); reading and readers (patronage); libraries and repositories (historical); provenance; manuscript ownership and collecting; early printed books: production; incunabula; relation of manuscripts and books *]

Jakobi-Mirwald, Christine. Buchmalerei: Terminologie in der Kunstgeschichte. 4th ed. Berlin: Reimer, 2015. [An illustrated multilingual glossary (in German, English, French, and Italian) of terminology useful in the study of manuscripts and manuscript illumination.] [* Subject heading: Some basic resources; medieval manuscripts; terminology: glossary *] John, James J. "Latin Paleography." In Medieval Studies: An Introduction. 2nd ed. Ed. James M. Powell. Syracuse: Syracuse University Press, 1992. Pp. 3-81. [* Subject heading: Some basic resources; paleography (history of handwriting) *]

Journal of the Early Book Society 1 (1997)-. [Annual.] [* Subject heading: Some basic resources; manuscripts (journals); early printed books (journals); incunabula; manuscripts (codicological study) *]

The Library: Transactions of the Bibliographical Society 1 (1889)- [periodically restarts from vol. 1 with a new series number; now in Ser. 7]. [Quarterly: journal of the Bibliographical Society (Great Britain).] [* Subject heading: Some basic resources; general bibliography (study of the book) (journals); libraries and repositories (historical); manuscripts (journals); manuscripts (codicological study); early printed books (journals); incunabula *]

Manuscripta: A Journal Devoted to Manuscript Studies 1 (1957)-. [Issued three times per year.] [* Subject heading: Some basic resources; manuscripts (journals) *]

Munby, Lionel M. Reading Tudor and Stuart Handwriting. Alphabet drawn by Phillip Judge. Learning Local History 1. Chichester, Sussex: Published by Phillimore for British Association for Local History, 1988. [* Subject heading: Some basic resources; paleography (history of handwriting); early modern manuscripts *]

The Oxford Companion to the Book. Ed. Michael F. Suarez, S. J. Woudhuysen, and H. R. Woudhuysen. 2 vols. Oxford and New York: Oxford University Press, 2010. [Publisher's description: "The Oxford Companion to the Book is a unique work of reference, covering the book, broadly conceived, throughout the world from ancient to modern times. It includes traditional subjects such as bibliography, palaeography, the history of printing, editorial theory and practice, textual criticism, book collecting, and libraries, but it also engages with newer disciplines such as the history of the book and the electronic book. It pays particular attention to how different societies shape books and how books shape societies." The Companion consists of "48 essays followed by over 5,000 A-Z entries, fully cross-referenced to provide both depth of analysis and swift access to information."] [* Subject heading: Some basic resources; history of the book *]

Petti, Anthony G. English Literary Hands from Chaucer to Dryden. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 1977. [Although the facsimiles of hands are confined to English holographs from the 14th to the 17th centuries, Petti does include an extensive general introductory essay covering manuscript survivals, collections, catalogues, writing materials, paleographic terminology, samples and descriptions of hands from Roman times to the 17th century, common English and Latin abbreviations, scribal errors, the dating of hands, methods of transcribing, etc. [abstract by John Morris].] [* Subject heading: Some basic resources; paleography (history of handwriting); authorial copies (autographs, holographs); manuscript production; scribes and scribal practices; material production (writing implements, paper); libraries and repositories (historical); manuscript ownership and collecting; archival research *]

Rosenblum, Joseph. A Bibliographic History of the Book: An Annotated Guide to the Literature. Magill Bibliographies: The History of the Book 3. Metuchen, NJ: Scarecrow Press, 1995. [* Subject heading: Some basic resources; history of the book: bibliographies *]

Scriptorium: Revue internationale des études relatives aux manuscrits / International Review of Manuscript Studies 1 (1946)-. [Published twice annually.] [* Subject heading: Some basic resources; manuscripts (journals) *]

Studies in Bibliography 1 (1948)-. [Annual: journal of the Bibliographical Society of the University of Virginia.] [* Subject heading: Some basic resources; general bibliography (study of the book) (journals) *]

Williams, William Proctor, and Craig S. Abbott. An Introduction to Bibliographical and Textual Studies. 2nd ed. New York: Modern Language Association of America, 1989. [* Subject heading: Some basic resources; general bibliography (study of the book) *]



Bibliography: [ Some basic resources ] | [ General bibliography ] | [ History of the book ] | [ Literacy and education, medieval and early modern (readers and reading) ] | [ Archival research ] | [ Forgeries / bibliographic fraud ] | [ Dictionaries (historical) ] | [ Early printed books and incunabula: Early Modern book culture ] | [ Early printed books and incunabula: production ] | [ Early printed books and incunabula: catalogues ] | [ Early printed books and incunabula: facsimiles ] | [ Diplomatics: the study of historical documents ] | [ Printing, history of ] | [ Publishing, history of ] | [ Libraries and repositories, history of; book collecting ] | [ Manuscript culture ] | [ Manuscript culture: patronage ] | [ Manuscripts: codicology ] | [ Manuscripts: paleography ] | [ Manuscript production ] | [ Manuscript production: scribes and scribal practices ] | [ Manuscript production: decoration and illustration ] | [ Manuscript production: material culture (paper, bindings, etc.) ] | [ Manuscripts: catalogues and finding aids ] | [ Manuscripts: facsimiles and facsimile editions ] | [ Sigillography (the study of seals) ] | [ Textual criticism and editing ] | [ Keyword search of entire bibliography ]


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