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Bibliography: Manuscript Production: Scribes and Scribal Practices


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Backhouse, Janet. The Illuminated Manuscript: The Craft of the Scribe. London: Phaidon Press, 1979. [* Subject heading: manuscript production; manuscript decoration and illustration (illumination); scribes and scribal practices *]

Beal, Peter. In Praise of Scribes: Manuscripts and their Makers in Seventeenth-Century England. Lyell Lectures, 1995-1996. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1998. [* Subject heading: manuscript production; scribes and scribal practices; manuscript culture (literary transmission); early modern manuscripts *]

Blakey, B. "The Scribal Process." in Medieval Miscellany presented to Eugène Vinaver. Ed. F. Whitehead, et al. Manchester: Manchester University Press, 1965. Pp. 19-27. [* Subject heading: manuscript production; scribes and scribal practices *]

Bühler, Curt F. The Fifteenth-Century Book: The Scribes, the Printers, the Decorators. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 1960. [An (older) introduction to modes of production of late medieval manuscripts and early printed books.] [* Subject heading: manuscript production; scribes and scribal practices; early printed books; incunabula; history of printing; manuscript decoration and illustration (illumination); book illustration *]

Christianson, C. Paul. "A Community of Book Artisans in Chaucer's London." Viator 20 (1989): 207-218. [* Subject heading: manuscript production; manuscript culture (literary transmission); scribes and scribal practices (stationers; commercial scriptoria); Geoffrey Chaucer *]

Christianson, C. Paul. A Directory of London Stationers and Book Artisans, 1300-1500. New York: Bibliographical Society of America, 1990. [Includes short articles on John Shirley, John Multon, and many others.] [* Subject heading: manuscript production; manuscript culture (literary transmission); scribes and scribal practices (stationers; commercial scriptoria) *]

Christianson, C. Paul. "Evidence for the Study of London's Late Medieval Manuscript Book Trade." In Book Production and Publishing in Britain 1375-1475. Ed. Jeremy Griffiths and Derek Pearsall. Cambridge Studies in Publishing and Printing History. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1989. Pp. 87-108. [* Subject heading: manuscript production; manuscript culture (literary transmission); scribes and scribal practices (stationers; commercial scriptoria) *]

Craig, John. "Margaret Spitlehouse, Female Scrivener." Local Population Studies 46 (1991): 54-57. [Information about a female scrivener in Bury St. Edmunds in the 16th century.] [* Subject heading: manuscript production; scribes and scribal practices (female, woman, women) *]

Doyle, A. I. "The Social Context of Medieval English Literature." In The Age of Chaucer. Ed. Boris Ford. Pelican Guide to English Literature 1. Harmondsworth: Penguin Books, 1957. Pp. 85-105. [* Subject heading: manuscript production; scribes and scribal practices *]

Finlay, Michael. Western Writing Implements in the Age of the Quill Pen. Wetheral: Plain Books, 1990. [* Subject heading: manuscript production; material production (writing implements); scribes and scribal practices *]

Hanna, Ralph, III. "The Scribe of Huntington HM 114." Studies in Bibliography 42 (1989): 120-133. [Geoffrey Chaucer, Troilus and Criseyde; San Marino, CA, Henry E. Huntington Library and Art Gallery, MS HM 114.] [* Subject heading: manuscript production; scribes and scribal practices *]

Jones, Leslie W. "Pricking Manuscripts: The Instruments and their Significance." Speculum 21 (1946): 389-403. [* Subject heading: manuscript production; material production (writing implements) *]

Keiser, George R. "Lincoln Cathedral Library MS. 91: Life and Milieu of the Scribe." Studies in Bibliography 32 (1979): 158-179. [On Robert Thornton, the Thornton MS, medieval education, fifteenth-century tastes in reading (especially romances), etc. On 15th c. as an increasingly written culture: "Among the many manuscripts still extant which testify to this new importance of the book for the middle class is Lincoln Cathedral Library MS. 91 . . ." (p. 159).] [* Subject heading: manuscript production; reading and readers; scribes and scribal practices *]

Ker, Neil R. "Copying an Exemplar: Two Manuscripts of Jerome on Habakkuk." In Miscellanea Codicologica F. Masai Dicata, MCMLXXIX. Ed. Pierre Cockshaw, et al. Pubs. de Scriptorium 8. Ghent: Story-Scientia, 1979. Pp. 203-210. [* Subject heading: manuscript production; manuscripts (codicological study); codicology; scribes and scribal practices *]

Laird, Charlton. "A Fourteenth Century Scribe." Modern Language Notes 55 (1940): 601-603. [* Subject heading: manuscript production; scribes and scribal practices *]

Lucas, P. J. "John Capgrave, OSA (1393-1464): Scribe and 'Publisher.'" Transactions of the Cambridge Bibliographical Society 5 (1969): 1-35. [* Subject heading: manuscript production; scribes and scribal practices; manuscript culture (literary transmission) *]

Mary, (Sister) Winnifred. "The Medieval Scribe." Classical Journal 48 (1953): 207-214. [* Subject heading: manuscript production; scribes and scribal practices *]

Mills, M. "A Mediaeval Reviser at Work." Medium Ævum 32 (1963): 11-23. [* Subject heading: manuscript production; scribes and scribal practices *]

Parkes, M. B. "Latin Autograph Manuscripts: Orthography and Punctuation." In Gli autografi medievali: Problemi paleografici e filologici; Atti del convegno di studio della Fondazione Ezio Franceschini, Erice, 25 settembre-2 ottobre 1990. Ed. Paolo Chiesa and Lucia Pinelli. Pref. Claudio Leonardi. Quaderni di cultura mediolatina 5. Spoleto: Centro Italiano di Studi Sull'alto Medioevo, 1994. Pp. 23-36. [That, just as one can learn much about a scribe's linguistic idiolect from patterns in a copied work, one can also identify scribes according to the idiosyncratic patterns evident in their spelling and use of marks of abbreviation and punctuation. This can be of particular interest in the case of autograph manuscripts, such as those of Petrarch, who seemed to be concerned with, and fairly consistent in his use of, punctuation marks.] [* Subject heading: manuscript production; scribes and scribal practices; history of punctuation; authorial copies (autographs, holographs) *]

Robinson, P[amela] R., and Rivkah Zim, eds. Of the Making of Books: Medieval Manuscripts, Their Scribes and Readers; Essays Presented to M. B. Parkes. Aldershot, Hants., and Brookfield, VT: Scolar Press / Ashgate Publishing, 1997. [* Subject heading: manuscript production; scribes and scribal practices; reading and readers *]

Schulz, Herbert C. "Thomas Hoccleve, Scribe." Speculum 12 (1937): 71-81. [* Subject heading: manuscript production; scribes and scribal practices; authorial copies (autographs, holographs) *]

Seymour, M. C. "The Scribe of Huntington Library MS HM 114." Medium Ævum 43 (1974): 139-143. [Geoffrey Chaucer, Troilus and Criseyde; San Marino, CA, Henry E. Huntington Library and Art Gallery, MS HM 114.] [* Subject heading: manuscript production; scribes and scribal practices *]

Wattenbach, Wilhelm. Das Schriftwesen im Mittelalter. 4th ed. Leipzig: S. Hirzel, 1896. [Rpt. Graz: Akademische Druck, Univ. Verlagsanstalt, 1958.] [Still one of the best descriptions available of medieval writing implements.] [* Subject heading: manuscript production; material production (writing implements); scribes and scribal practices *]

Windeatt, Barry A. "The Scribes as Chaucer's Early Critics." Studies in the Age of Chaucer 1 (1979): 119-142. [* Subject heading: manuscript production; scribes and scribal practices; reading and readers; Geoffrey Chaucer *]



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