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Leaves of Gold
Treasures from the Philadelphia Collection. Leaves of Gold
is organised into five sections that highlight several major
types of medieval books: Bibles, Psalters, Books of Hours,
Liturgical Manuscripts, and Literary Texts. This website
shows two images from each book in the exhibition, the
exhibited opening and an additional page from the book.More
than 80 of the choicest objects were exhibited at the
Philadelphia Museum of Art March 10 - May 13, 2001 and at
the Frist Gallery for the Visual Arts (Nashville TN) from
September 27, 2001 - January 6, 2002.
A Hypertext Book of Hours
The Book of Hours did not appear as an identifiable class of
book until the thirteenth century. Before that time,
Christians wishing to say a daily round of prayers had to
seek guidance from some other type of book.
Age of King Charles V: 1338-1380 (French)
From The Bibliothéque Nationale de France, the manuscript of
the Age of King Charles V - lots of gold, lots of diapering,
lots of figures. Very good resource.
Bibliothéque Nationale de France
Several other manuscripts from the library, including Gaston
Phoebus, Book of the Hunt, 15th Century. (BNF, FR 616) ,
Breviary of Martin of Aragon, 15th Century. (BNF, ROTH
2529), Grandes Chroniques de France, 14th Century. (BNF, FR
2813), The Catalan Atlas, 14th Century. (BNF, ESP 30), and
others. Worth checking out, even if you don't do French
Black Book of hours 15th century Burgundian
This is a facsimile of Vienna Codex 1856, a Burgundian
Manuscript of c.1470 written and illuminated on black
vellum. Actually, it is all the illuminated pages thereof;
the other text pages having at most minor outer margin panel
borders. There are 61 illuminated leaves each measuring
approximately 10-1/2" x 7-1/2".
Bodleian Library Manuscript images
Period manuscripts in the Bodleian library
British Library - Treasures online
The Sherborne Missal, The Lindisfarne Gospels, and the
Sultan Baybars' Qur'an, as well as several other wonderful
SCA period manuscripts are all here - in slightly
abrevviated form. Amazing digitization of the works.
Choix de miniatures des manuscrits de l'Université de Liége
Miniatures in the collection of the University of Liege. The
site is in French. The images come up quite large and a lot
of detail can be seen.
Creating the French Culture
From an exhibit. Nice pieces, not a lot of manuscripts but
they do come up well on the screen. Manuscripts shown date
from the 8th century thorough the present. The exhibit was
Digital Image Archive of Medieval Music
Music manuscripts in British museums and libraries
Early Manuscripts at Oxford University
This site provides access to over 80 early manuscripts now
in institutions associated with the University of Oxford.
Between 1995 and 2000 the Early Manuscripts Imaging Project
created high resolution digital images from manuscripts
which were selected as major treasures from their respective
libraries, to create wider availability for originals which
may otherwise be too fragile for handling.
Lots of Jean Fouquet's artwork. The wording is all in
French, but the art is universal.
Hungarian Illuminated Manuscripts
Hungarian illuminated manuscripts (1450-1500) from the Web
gallery of art. The images open in a seperate web window
when you click on them, making viewing of details easier.
J. Paul Getty Museum
They have several of their pages up. Nice.
Les Eluminures - commercial site
In the very center of Paris next to the Louvre, the gallery
Les Enluminures is located in a large complex of high-
quality antique shops called the Louvre des Antiquaires
since September 1991. The gallery takes its name from the
French word for "illuminations," or miniatures, which are
hand-painted pictures in books written by hand, or
manuscripts. Nice stuff you won't see elsewhere.
Life of King Edward the Confessor
From Cambridge's digital library, 12th century manuscript
Ignore the bad animated gifs and everything - this has GREAT
scans of the full plates of the first bit (36 plates, recto
and verso) of the Maciejowski Bible. Additionally, there are
extreme close ups of some of the smaller details - maybe not
the details you want, but they're great nonetheless.
Beautiful on-line version of the Manesse Codex. There are
others out there for this source as well.
If you don't know where to go to find manuscripts - go here.
Many sites are listed, not all of the links work all of the
time but it's a fantastic resource leading to many other
places. Definately worth a browse.
Manuscripts - links
Where to go when you don't know for what you're looking.
Great sources, divided by country.
Detailed images of 6 manuscripts in the collection of the
Morgan Library. Beatus Apocalypse, Livre de la chasse, Da
Costa Hours, Moralized Bible, Catherine of Cleves, and the
National Library of the Netherlands
Images from the holdings of the Kroninklijke Bibliotheek,
the National Library of the Netherlands. This can be
searched by looking at the highlights of the collection, by
subject, or if you know more details about a specific piece,
you can search for it too. Amazing stuff here.
Pictures - Theatrum Sanitatis - M. Moleiro Editor, S.A.
Period manuscript on how to enjoy life, live in harmony with
nature and not harm one's health
Rome Reborn: The Vatican Library
According to recent research, chiefly that of José
Ruysschaert, lately vice- prefect of the Vatican Library, it
was indeed Nicholas V who conceived the idea of a public
or "Vatican" library, as distinct, that is, from a purely
papal or private one, but it was Sixtus IV who actually put
flesh on the idea. To be effective, the argument runs, an
installation such as a library needs a place, order, and
Schoyen Collection - Manuscripts
Listing of manuscripts in their collections with single
picture from each manuscript listed. The picture enlarges in
a seperate window when you click on it. Not everything is
SCA period, but it's got some wonderful things.
Schoyen Collection Bindings
There are over 60 monastic bindings of 10th-15th c., in
this collection, including 11 chained bindings, as well as
cuir-ciselé, wallet and chemise bindings. A group of 70
bookboxes of 12th BC-19th c. AD is the largest known.
St. Laurentius Digital Manuscripts, Lund University
The Manuscript Department of the University Library, Lund,
in collaboration with NetLab of Lund University Libraries,
is digitizing and making accessible on line its collection
of Medieval manuscripts. Manuscripts from the 10-16
centuries, including letters and such. Worth a look.
Theodore Psalter - Byzantine
The information on this website presents the theory of
hypertext and its medieval application in Byzantine
manuscripts, using examples from the Theodore Psalter, a
manuscript created in 1066 in the Stoudious monastery near
University of Heidelburg in Germany
Welcome area is in English, the remainder is is German. Nice
illuminations and good calligraphy examples. They have a
program to digitize and make public their library of
medieval medical manuscripts.
Not all of these are in the SCA period, however, due to the
difficulty finding Welsh manuscripts the site is included
Generate your own calligraphy templates
A simple perl script that generates custom-sized calligraphy guidelines that you can print on your laser or inkjet printer.
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