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"Abbreviationes." A computer program, for Macintosh computers. Developed by Professor Olaf Pluta; distributed by Electronic Software, Karlsruhe, Germany. [A computerized version of the printed dictionaries of scribal abbreviations. More information on the program is available on the web, at www.asknet.ch/sisy/abbreviationes.html.] [* Subject heading: paleography (history of handwriting); scribal abbreviations (dictionaries) *]

Bischoff, Bernhard, G. Lieftinck, and B. Batelli. Nomenclature des écritures livresques du IXe au XVIe siècle: Previer colloque international de paléographie latine, Paris, 28-30 avril 1953. Paris: Centre national de la recherche scientifique, 1954. [* Subject heading: paleography (history of handwriting) *]

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: paleography (history of handwriting) *]

Bishop, T. A. M. English Caroline Minuscule. Oxford Palaeographical Handbooks. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1971. [* Subject heading: paleography (history of handwriting); manuscripts (facsimiles): paleographical samples *]

Bond, Edward Augustus, Edward Maunde Thompson, and George Frederic Warner, eds. Facsimiles of Manuscripts and Inscriptions. The Palaeographical Society, 1st series. 8 parts. London: Oxford University Press, for the Palaeographical Society, 1873-1878. [* Subject heading: paleography (history of handwriting); manuscripts (facsimiles): paleographical samples *]

Bond, Edward Augustus, Edward Maunde Thompson, and George Frederic Warner, eds. Facsimiles of Manuscripts and Inscriptions. The Palaeographical Society, 2nd series. 10 parts. London: Oxford University Press, for the Palaeographical Society, 1884-1894. [* Subject heading: paleography (history of handwriting); manuscripts (facsimiles): paleographical samples *]

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: paleography (history of handwriting) *]

Brown, Julian. A Palaeographer's View: The Selected Writings of Julian Brown. Ed. Janet Bately, Michelle P. Brown, and Jane Roberts. Pref. Albinia C. de la Mare. London: Harvey Miller, 1993. [* Subject heading: paleography (history of handwriting) *]

Brown, Michelle P. A Guide to Western Historical Scripts from Antiquity to 1600. London: British Library, 1990. [Although she provides a good selection of facsimiles of hands from Roman times to 1600, Brown perhaps attempts too much for a volume of this size. One gets a good sense of the range of hands over the space of 1600 years, but the collection is not useful for precise dating of hands [abstract by John Morris].] [* Subject heading: paleography (history of handwriting) *]

Brown, Michelle P. The British Library Guide to Writing and Scripts: History and Techniques. The British Library Guides. London: British Library, 1998. [* Subject heading: paleography (history of handwriting) *]

Brown, Michelle P., and Patricia Lovett. The Historical Source Book for Scribes. London: British Library, 1999. [Fifteen writing styles are analyzed (from fourteen manuscripts); a guide for calligraphers on how to reproduce them is included.] [* Subject heading: 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: paleography (history of handwriting); scribal abbreviations (dictionaries) *]

Chassant, Alphonse. Dictionnaire des abréviations latines et françaises usitées dans les inscriptions lapidaires et métalliques, les manuscrits et les chartes du moyen âge: Precede d'une explication de la méthode brachygraphique employée par les graveurs en lettres, les scribes et les copistes, du Ve au XVIe siècle. 5th ed. Paris: A. Aubry, 1884. [Rpt. Hildesheim: G. Olms, 1965; rpt. New York: Burt Franklin, [1973]; rpt. Saint-Wandrille: Éditions de Fontenelle, 1991.] [* Subject heading: paleography (history of handwriting); scribal abbreviations (dictionaries) *]

Chassant, Alphonse. Paléographie des chartes et des manuscrits du XIe au XVIIe siècle. 6th ed. Paris: A. Aubry, 1867. [Rpt. Geneva: Slatkine Reprints, 1972; rpt. Saint-Wandrille: Éditions de Fontenelle, 1991.] [* Subject heading: paleography (history of handwriting); historical documents; diplomatics *]

Colker, M[arvin] L. "Some Recent Works for Palaeographers." Medievalia et Humanistica 2nd ser. 8 (1977): 235-242. [* Subject heading: manuscript studies (bibliographies); paleography (history of handwriting) *]

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: paleography (history of handwriting); manuscripts (facsimiles): paleographical samples *]

De la Mare, A[lbinia] C. The Handwriting of the Italian Humanists. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1973- [in progress]. [* Subject heading: paleography (history of handwriting); manuscripts (facsimiles): paleographical samples *]

Denholm-Young, Noël. Handwriting in England and Wales. Cardiff: University of Wales Press, 1954. [* Subject heading: paleography (history of handwriting); manuscripts (facsimiles): paleographical samples *]

Drogin, Marc. Medieval Calligraphy: Its History and Technique. Montclair, NJ: Allanheld and Schram, 1980. [* Subject heading: paleography (history of handwriting) *]

Dumville, D. N. "Beowulf Come Lately: Some Notes on the Palaeography of the Nowell Codex." Archiv für das Studium der neueren Sprachen und Literaturen 225 (1988): 49-63. [* Subject heading: paleography (history of handwriting); "Beowulf" manuscript (London, British Library MS Cotton Vitellius A.xv) *]

Dumville, David. English Caroline Script and Monastic History: Studies in Benedictinism, AD 950-1030. Studies in Anglo-Saxon History 6. Woodbridge, Suffolk: Boydell and Brewer, 1993. ["[T]he essentials of the development and dissemination of Anglo-Caroline miniscule" through "the Benedictine revolution in the English Church."] [* Subject heading: paleography (history of handwriting); manuscript production (monastic scriptoria) *]

Fairbank, A[lfred] J., and Berthold Wolpe. Renaissance Handwriting. London: Faber and Faber, 1960. [* Subject heading: paleography (history of handwriting) *]

Fairbank, Alfred J. A Book of Scripts. 2nd ed. Harmondsworth: Penguin Books, 1952. [* Subject heading: paleography (history of handwriting) *]

Francis, W. N. "Graphemic Analysis of Late Middle English Manuscripts." Speculum 37 (1962): 32-47. [* Subject heading: paleography (history of handwriting); scribes and scribal practices *]

Gasparri, F. "Pour une terminologie des écritures latines: Doctrines et méthodes." Codices manuscripti 2 (1976): 16-25. [* Subject heading: paleography (history of handwriting); scribes and scribal practices; manuscript production *]

Gaur, Albertine. The History of Writing. 2nd ed. London: British Library, 1993. [* Subject heading: paleography (history of handwriting) *]

Gordon, Cyrus H. Forgotten Scripts: Their Ongoing Discovery and Decipherment. 2nd ed. New York: Basic Books, 1982. [* Subject heading: paleography (history of handwriting) *]

Grieve, Hilda E. P. Examples of English Handwriting, 1150-1750, with Transcripts and Translations. Essex Record Office Publications 21. Chelmsford: Essex Education Committee, 1954. [* Subject heading: paleography (history of handwriting) *]

Heal, Ambrose. The English Writing-Masters and their Copy-books, 1570-1800: A Biographical Dictionary and a Bibliography, with an Introduction on the Development of Handwriting by Stanley Morison, Illustrated with Portraits of the Masters and Specimens of their Hands. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1931. [* Subject heading: paleography (history of handwriting); scribes and scribal practices *]

Hector, Leonard Charles. The Handwriting of English Documents. 2nd ed. London: Edward Arnold, 1966. [* Subject heading: paleography (history of handwriting); diplomatics *]

Hill, G. F. The Development of Arabic Numerals in Europe. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1915. [* Subject heading: paleography (history of handwriting); scribes and scribal practices *]

Irigoin, Jean. "Paleographie et codicologie: La Production d'un scriptorium de Constantinopole peu apres le milieu de XIe siècle." In Miscellanea Codicologica F. Masai Dicata, MCMLXXIX. Ed. Pierre Cockshaw, et al. Pubs. de Scriptorium 8. Ghent: Story-Scientia, 1979. Pp. 175-183. [* Subject heading: paleography (history of handwriting); manuscripts (codicological study); codicology; scriptoria *]

Jackson, Donald. The Story of Writing. New York: Taplinger Publishing, 1981. [* Subject heading: paleography (history of handwriting) *]

Jenkinson, Hilary (Sir). The Later Court Hands in England. 2 vols. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1927. [* Subject heading: paleography (history of handwriting); manuscripts (facsimiles): paleographical samples *]

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: paleography (history of handwriting) *]

Johnson, C., and (Sir) Hilary Jenkinson. English Court Hand, A.D. 1066-1500. 2 vols. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1915. [* Subject heading: paleography (history of handwriting); manuscripts (facsimiles): paleographical samples *]

Klinkenborg, Verlyn, Herbert Cahoon, and Charles Ryskamp. British Literary Manuscripts, Series 1: From 800 to 1800. New York: The Pierpont Morgan Library, in Association with Dover Publications, Inc., 1981. [Nearly 260 reproductions of sample pages from a wide variety of literary manuscripts, from Bede to 1914, most of them author's autograph copies.] [* Subject heading: paleography (history of handwriting); manuscripts (facsimiles): paleographical samples; authorial copies (autographs, holographs) *]

Knight, Stan. Historical Scripts: From Classical Times to the Renaissance. New Castle, DE: Oak Knoll Books, 1998. [* Subject heading: paleography (history of handwriting) *]

Lowe, Elias Avery, ed. Codices latini antiquiores: A Palaeographical Guide to Latin Manuscripts Prior to the Ninth Century. 12 vols. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1934-1972. [Vol. 2 (1935; 2nd ed. 1972) is entitled Great Britain and Ireland.] [* Subject heading: paleography (history of handwriting) *]

Lowe, Elias Avery. English Uncial. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1960. [* Subject heading: paleography (history of handwriting) *]

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: paleography (history of handwriting); early modern manuscripts *]

Osley, A. S., ed. and trans. Scribes and Sources: Handbook of the Chancery Hand in the Sixteenth Century; Texts from the Writing-Masters Selected, Introduced and Translated; with an Account of John de Beauchesne by Berthold Wolpe. London: Faber and Faber, 1980. [* Subject heading: paleography (history of handwriting); scribes and scribal practices *]

Parkes, M. B. English Cursive Book Hands, 1250-1500. Oxford Palaeographical Handbooks. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1969. [As Parkes says in his Preface, this book is intended as a teaching book. The descriptions of hands and the facsimiles cover a narrow enough period that the book can also be used, though not conclusively, as an aid in dating hands. In his Introduction, Parkes describes the salient features of Secretary, Bastard, and Anglicana (of the latter of which he coined the name) hands [abstract by John Morris].] [* Subject heading: paleography (history of handwriting); manuscripts (facsimiles): paleographical samples *]

Pelzer, Auguste. Abréviations latines médiévales. 2nd ed. Louvain: Publications universitaires; Paris: Beatrice-Nauwelaerts, 1966. [* Subject heading: paleography (history of handwriting); scribal abbreviations (dictionaries) *]

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: 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 *]

Preston, Jean F., and Laetitia Yeandle. English Handwriting, 1400-1650: An Introductory Manual. Pegasus Paperbooks P6. Binghamton, NY: Medieval and Renaissance Texts and Studies (Centre for Medieval and Early Renaissance Studies, SUNY), 1992. [* Subject heading: paleography (history of handwriting) *]

Rumble, Alexander R. "The Palaeography of the Domesday Manuscripts." In Domesday Book: A Reassessment. Ed. Peter Sawyer. London and Baltimore: Edward Arnold, 1985. Pp. 28-49. [* Subject heading: paleography (history of handwriting) *]

Thompson, E. Maunde, G. F. Warner, F. G. Kenyon, and J. P. Gilson, et al. eds. Facsimiles of Ancient Manuscripts, etc. The New Palaeographical Society, 2nd series. London: Oxford University Press, for the New Palaeographical Society, 1913-1930. [The list of editors changes from Part to Part.] [* Subject heading: paleography (history of handwriting); manuscripts (facsimiles): paleographical samples *]

Thompson, E. Maunde, G. F. Warner, F. G. Kenyon, and J. P. Gilson, eds. Facsimiles of Ancient Manuscripts, etc. The New Palaeographical Society, 1st series. London: Oxford University Press, for the New Palaeographical Society, 1903-1912. [* Subject heading: paleography (history of handwriting); manuscripts (facsimiles): paleographical samples *]

Thompson, E. Maunde. "Calligraphy in the Middle Ages." Bibliographica 3 (1897): 257-290. [* Subject heading: paleography (history of handwriting) *]

Thompson, E. Maunde. An Introduction to Greek and Latin Palaeography. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1912. [* Subject heading: paleography (history of handwriting) *]

Thomson, S. Harrison. Latin Bookhands of the Later Middle Ages, 1100-1500. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1969. [* Subject heading: paleography (history of handwriting) *]

Tschichold, Jan. An Illustrated History of Writing and Lettering. Trans. Eudo C. Mason. London: A. Zwemmer, 1946. [* Subject heading: paleography (history of handwriting); manuscripts (facsimiles): paleographical samples *]

Tschichold, Jan. Treasury of Alphabets and Lettering: A Source Book of the Best Letter Forms of Past and Present for Sign Painters, Graphic Artists, Commercial Artists, Typographers, Printers, Sculptors, Architects, and Schools of Art and Design. New York: Reinhold Publishing, 1966. [* Subject heading: paleography (history of handwriting) *]

Ullman, Berthold L. Ancient Writing and its Influence. 1932; rpt. Medieval Academy Reprints, Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 1989. [* Subject heading: paleography (history of handwriting) *]

Wardrop, James. The Script of Humanism: Some Aspects of Humanistic Script, 1460-1560. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1963. [* Subject heading: paleography (history of handwriting) *]

Wasson, John M. Early Drama, Art, and Music Documents: A Paleography Handbook. EDAM Monograph 20. Kalamazoo, MI: Medieval Institute Publications, Western Michigan University, 1993. [* Subject heading: paleography (history of handwriting); manuscripts (facsimiles): paleographical samples *]

Whalley, Joyce Irene. English Handwriting, 1540-1853: An Illustrated Survey Based on Material in the National Art Library, Victoria and Albert Museum. London: HMSO, 1969. [* Subject heading: paleography (history of handwriting) *]

Whalley, Joyce Irene. The Student's Guide to Western Calligraphy: An Illustrated Survey. Boulder, CO: Shambhala, 1984. [* Subject heading: paleography (history of handwriting) *]

Wright, C. E. English Vernacular Hands from the Twelfth to the Fifteenth Centuries. Oxford Palaeographical Handbooks. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1960. [* Subject heading: paleography (history of handwriting); manuscripts (facsimiles): paleographical samples *]

"Writing." The New Encyclopedia Britannica. 15th ed. 29: 1025-1076. [* Subject heading: paleography (history of handwriting) *]



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