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Brown, Michelle P. Understanding Illuminated Manuscripts: A Guide to Technical Terms. "Looking at" Series: Getty Trust Publications, J. Paul Getty Museum. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1994. [* Subject heading: manuscript culture (glossaries); manuscript decoration and illustration (illumination) *]

Chaytor, H. J. From Script to Print: An Introduction to Medieval Literature. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1945. [* Subject heading: manuscript culture (literary transmission); early printed books: production; incunabula; relation of manuscripts and books *]

Crosby, Everett U., C. Julian Bishko, Robert L. Kellogg, eds. Medieval Studies: A Bibliographical Guide. Garland Reference Library of the Humanities 427. New York and London: Garland Publishing, 1983. [Includes sections on Manuscripts, the Illumination of Manuscripts, Paleography, and Medieval Libraries, among many other interesting subjects.] [* Subject heading: manuscript studies (bibliographies) *]

D'Amico, John F. "Manuscripts." In The Cambridge History of Renaissance Philosophy. Ed. Charles B. Schmitt, Quentin Skinner, Eckhard Kessler, and Jill Kraye. Cambridge, New York, New Rochelle, Melbourne, and Sydney: Cambridge University Press, 1988. Pp. 11-24. ["A comprehensive history of the role played by manuscripts in Renaissance thought is yet to be written...."] [* Subject heading: manuscript culture (literary transmission); early modern manuscripts *]

Dagenais, John. The Ethics of Reading in Manuscript Culture: Glossing the "Libro de buen amor." Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1994. ["Reexamining the roles played by author, reader, scribe, and text in medieval literary practice, John Dagenais argues that the entire physical manuscript must be the basis of any discussion of how meaning was made. Medievalists, he maintains, have relied too heavily on critical editions that seek to create a single, definitive text reflecting an author's intentions. In reality, manuscripts bear not only authorial texts but also a variety of elements added by scribes and readers. Using the surviving manuscripts of the fourteenth-century Libro de buen amor, Dagenais shows how consideration of the physical manuscripts and their cultural context can shed new light on interpretive issues that have puzzled modern readers" [publisher's summary].] [* Subject heading: manuscript culture (literary transmission); manuscript production; authors and authorship; reading and readers *]

Donaldson, E. Talbot. "The Manuscripts of Chaucer's Works and their Use." In Geoffrey Chaucer: Writers and their Background. Ed. D. S. Brewer. London: G. Bell and Sons, 1974. Pp. 85-108. [* Subject heading: manuscript culture (literary transmission); manuscript production; reading and readers *]

Dwyer, R. A. "The Appreciation of Handmade Literature." Chaucer Review 8 (1974): 221-240. [* Subject heading: manuscript culture (literary transmission); manuscript production; reading and readers *]

Farr, Carol Ann. The Book of Kells: Its Function and Audience. British Library Studies in Medieval Culture 4. London: British Library, 1997. [Dublin, Trinity College Library, MS 58.] [* Subject heading: manuscript culture (literary transmission); manuscript production; reading and readers *]

Fox, Peter, ed. The Book of Kells: MS 58, Trinity College Library, Dublin: Commentary. Lucerne: Faksimile Verlag Luzern, 1990. [Dublin, Trinity College Library, MS 58.] [* Subject heading: manuscript culture (literary transmission); manuscript production; reading and readers *]

Gellrich, Jesse M. The Idea of the Book in the Middle Ages: Language Theory, Mythology, and Fiction. Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 1985. [* Subject heading: manuscript culture (literary transmission); reading and readers *]

Gerritsen, Johan. "Have with You to Lexington! The Beowulf Manuscript and Beowulf." In In Other Words: Transcultural Studies in Philology, Translation, and Lexicology Presented to Hans Heinrich Meier on the Occasion of His Sixty-Fifth Birthday. Ed. J. Lachlan Mackenzie and Richard Todd. Dordrecht: Foris, 1989. Pp. 15-34. [* Subject heading: manuscript culture (literary transmission); manuscript production; reading and readers; "Beowulf" manuscript (London, British Library MS Cotton Vitellius A.xv) *]

Green, Richard Firth. Poets and Princepleasers: Literature and the English Court in the Late Middle Ages. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 1980. [* Subject heading: manuscript culture (literary transmission); reading and readers *]

Hanna, Ralph, III. Pursuing History: Middle English Manuscripts and Their Texts. Figurae: Reading Medieval Culture. Stanford: Stanford University Press, 1995. [* Subject heading: manuscript culture (literary transmission); manuscript production; reading and readers *]

Harrington, John Henry. "The Production and Distribution of Books in Western Europe to the Year 1500." D.L.S. Diss., New York, Columbia University, 1956. [* Subject heading: manuscript culture (literary transmission); manuscript production; reading and readers *]

Holzknecht, Karl Julius. Literary Patronage in the Middle Ages. Philadelphia: Collegiate Press, 1923. [* Subject heading: manuscript culture (literary transmission); manuscript production; reading and readers (patronage) *]

Humphreys, Kenneth W. "Some Progress towards the History of the Manuscript Book and Its Users?" In Miscellanea Codicologica F. Masai Dicata, MCMLXXIX. Ed. Pierre Cockshaw, et al. Pubs. de Scriptorium 8. Ghent: Story-Scientia, 1979. Pp. 589-595. [* Subject heading: manuscript culture (literary transmission); manuscript production; reading and readers; history of the book *]

Jordan, William Chester. "Western Medieval Manuscripts and Teaching at Princeton." Princeton University Library Chronicle 51 (1989): 26-30. [* Subject heading: manuscript culture (literary transmission); manuscript production; reading and readers *]

Kelliher, Hilton, and Sally Brown. English Literary Manuscripts. London: British Library, 1986. [A brief and popular introduction to some of the manuscripts (primarily of works in the traditional English literary canon) which are preserved in the British Library.] [* Subject heading: manuscript culture (literary transmission); manuscript production; reading and readers *]

Laistner, M. Thought and Letters in Western Europe, A.D. 500-900. 2nd ed. Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press, 1957. [* Subject heading: manuscript culture (literary transmission); manuscript production; reading and readers *]

Morse, Charlotte Cook, Penelope Reed Doob, and Marjorie Curry Woods, eds. The Uses of Manuscripts in Literary Studies: Essays in Memory of Judson Boyce Allen. Studies in Medieval Culture 31. Kalamazoo: Medieval Institute Publications, Western Michigan University, 1992. [* Subject heading: manuscript culture (literary transmission); manuscript production; reading and readers; archival research *]

Nix, Linda. "Early Medieval Book Design in England: The Influence of Manuscript Design on the Transmission of Texts." In A Millennium of the Book: Production, Design and Illustration in Manuscript and Print, 900-1900. Ed. Robin Myers, and Michael Harris. Publishing Pathways. Winchester: St Paul's Bibliographies; New Castle, DE: Oak Knoll Press, 1994. Pp. 1-21. [* Subject heading: manuscript culture (literary transmission); manuscript production; reading and readers *]

Ogilvy, Jack D. A. Books Known to Anglo-Latin Writers from Aldhelm to Alcuin (670-804). Mediaeval Academy of America, Studies and Documents 2. Cambridge, MA: Mediaeval Academy of America, 1936. [* Subject heading: manuscript culture (literary transmission); manuscript production; reading and readers *]

Ogilvy, Jack D. A. Books Known to the English, 597-1066. Cambridge, MA: Mediaeval Academy of America, 1967. [Rev. Helmut Gneuss, Anglia 89 (1971): 129-134; Gneuss considers the book unreliable.] [* Subject heading: manuscript culture (literary transmission); manuscript production; reading and readers *]

Olson, Glending. Literature as Recreation in the Later Middle Ages. Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press, 1982. [* Subject heading: manuscript culture (literary transmission); reading and readers *]

Parkes, M. B. Scribes, Scripts and Readers: Studies in the Communication, Presentation and Dissemination of Medieval Texts. London: Hambledon Press, 1991. [* Subject heading: manuscript culture (literary transmission); manuscript production; scribes and scribal practices; paleography (history of handwriting); reading and readers *]

Pearsall, Derek, ed. Manuscripts and Readers in Fifteenth-Century England. Cambridge: D. S. Brewer / Boydell and Brewer, 1983. [* Subject heading: manuscript culture (literary transmission); manuscript production; reading and readers *]

Pearsall, Derek. "Texts, Textual Criticism, and Fifteenth Century Manuscript Production." In Fifteenth-Century Studies: Recent Essays. Ed. Robert F. Yeager. Hamden, CT: Archon Books, 1984. Pp. 121-136. [On the importance to the student of literature of the study of manuscripts.] [* Subject heading: manuscript culture (literary transmission); manuscript production; textual criticism and editing *]

Pearsall, Derek. "The Uses of Manuscripts: Late Medieval English." Harvard Library Bulletin ns 4.4 (Winter 1993-1994): 30-36. [* Subject heading: manuscript culture (literary transmission); manuscript production; reading and readers; archival research *]

Perry, Curtis, ed. Material Culture and Cultural Materialisms in the Middle Ages and the Renaissance. Arizona Studies in the Middle Ages and the Renaissance 5. Turnhout: Brepols Publishers, 2000. [* Subject heading: history of the book; manuscript culture; manuscript production *]

Powicke, (Sir) Frederick Maurice. The Medieval Books of Merton College. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1931. [* Subject heading: manuscript culture (literary transmission); reading and readers; libraries and repositories (historical); provenance; manuscript ownership and collecting *]

Reynolds, L. D., and N. G. Wilson. Scribes and Scholars: A Guide to the Transmission of Greek and Latin Literature. 3rd ed. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. [* Subject heading: manuscript culture (literary transmission); manuscript production; reading and readers; scribes and scribal practices *]

Robbins, Rossell Hope. Introduction. Secular Lyrics of the Fourteenth and Fifteenth Centuries. Ed. Rossell Hope Robbins. 2nd ed. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1955. Pp. xvii-lv. [The Introduction is very useful on the history, types, and transmission of Middle English lyrics generally. On pp. xvii-xxx, Robbins describes in some detail ten broad types of manuscripts in which Middle English lyrics appear.] [* Subject heading: manuscript culture (literary transmission); manuscript production; reading and readers *]

Root, Robert Kilburn. "Publication before Printing." PMLA 28 (1913): 417-431. [* Subject heading: manuscript culture (literary transmission); manuscript production; reading and readers *]

Rouse, Mary A., and Richard H. Rouse. Authentic Witnesses: Approaches to Medieval Texts and Manuscripts. Publications in Medieval Studies 27. Notre Dame, IN: The Medieval Institute, University of Notre Dame Press, 1991. [* Subject heading: manuscript culture (literary transmission); manuscript production; reading and readers; libraries and repositories (historical); provenance *]

Taylor, Andrew. "The Myth of the Minstrel Manuscript." Speculum 66 (1991): 43-73. [Includes refs. to various lyric collections which include items by Lydgate and Chaucer, etc. The codicological category of "Minstrel Manuscript" has a long history (here traced) but remains dubious as a classification for existing manuscripts. Chansons de geste, Middle English romances, and Middle English lyrics are generally preserved in late manuscripts, intended for private libraries in an age of growing lay literacy. Even existing manuscripts which might have been owned by "minstrels" were probably not used by them on their travels but read at home. True minstrel copies of minstrel repertory pieces have probably not survived the hard treatment to which they would have been subjected.] [* Subject heading: manuscript culture (literary transmission); manuscript production; reading and readers; manuscripts (codicological study); codicology; libraries and repositories (historical); provenance; manuscript ownership and collecting *]

Trapp, J. B., ed. Manuscripts in the Fifty Years after the Invention of Printing: Some Papers Read at a Colloquium at the Warburg Institute on 12-13 March 1982. London: Warburg Institute, University of London, 1983. [* Subject heading: manuscript culture (literary transmission); early printed books: production; incunabula; relation of manuscripts and books *]

Wilson, R. M. The Lost Literature of Medieval England. London: Methuen, 1952. [An account, based on the study of references to books in wills and similar documents, of works which were known in the Middle Ages but of which there are no longer any known extant copies.] [* Subject heading: manuscript culture (literary transmission); reading and readers; libraries and repositories (historical); provenance; manuscript ownership and collecting *]



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: 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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