Cambridge Studies in Palaeography and Codicology: The Palaeography of Gothic Manuscript Books: From the Twelfth to the Early Sixteenth Century Series Number 9 (Hardback)
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Cambridge Studies in Palaeography and Codicology: The Palaeography of Gothic Manuscript Books: From the Twelfth to the Early Sixteenth Century Series Number 9 (Hardback)

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Hardback 326 Pages / Published: 28/08/2003
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This book, first published in 2003, presents a detailed survey of all book scripts in use in western and central Europe from c.1100 to c.1530 (with the exception of Humanistic script). This period has been poorly served in almost all other palaeographical handbooks. By adopting a largely new classification of scripts based on objective criteria, which incorporates many of the terms currently in use, this book aims to end the confusion which has hitherto obscured the study of late-medieval handwriting. It is based upon an examination of a very large number of dated specimens, and is thus the first survey to take full advantage of the incomparable palaeographical resource provided by the Catalogues of Dated Manuscripts. The text is illustrated throughout with 600 drawings of letters and symbols. There are 160 actual-size reproductions providing datable specimens of all the scripts discussed, accompanied by partial transcriptions and palaeographical commentary.

Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9780521803151
Number of pages: 326
Weight: 780 g
Dimensions: 256 x 173 x 22 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
'... excellent new handbook ... an excellent tool for the empirical analysis of Gothic book hands ... it serves equally as a palaeographical training manual for the later Middle Ages and as a bibliographical reference guide, and in both respects fills a vital gap ...' The Times Literary Supplement
'... generously illustrated ... Derolez has proposed a practical and satisfactory framework ... equips the interested reader with a series of useful questions to ask when looking at script, and provides guidelines for interpreting the answers ...' The Library
"The Paleographic of Gothic Manuscript Books is an excellent tool for empirical analysis of Gothic book hands..." Times Literary Supplement
"We are grateful to the institutions who waived a total of 166 reproduction fees for the publication of this book; our learning would be much poorer without the wealth of plates. Michael Gullick executed the clear and graceful line drawings of the letters. Tessa Webber reviewed the text and the English, making it a pleasure to read the book. Acknowledgements are to scholars all across the spread of western European culture, indicative of Derolez's very real intention to break free of parachial attitudes toward script." Speculum Consuelo W. Dutschke, Columbia University

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