Research Group on Manuscript Evidence

Research Group on Manuscript Evidence The Research Group on Manuscript Evidence applies an integrated, comprehensive approach to manuscripts, early-printed books, and texts in other forms through the ages, from the Antique World onward.
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Incorporated as a New Jersey nonprofit educational corporation in 1999, the RGME was created in 1990 at Corpus Christi College, Cambridge, in the United Kingdom, as part of a major research project on Anglo-Saxon and related manuscripts undergoing conservation. Over the years, our mission and work have expanded to embrace a wide range of manuscripts and texts in other forms through the ages. Our interests focus upon the written word and its context, across the ages and in multiple media, old and new.

Incorporated as a New Jersey nonprofit educational corporation in 1999, the RGME was created in 1990 at Corpus Christi College, Cambridge, in the United Kingdom, as part of a major research project on Anglo-Saxon and related manuscripts undergoing conservation. Over the years, our mission and work have expanded to embrace a wide range of manuscripts and texts in other forms through the ages. Our interests focus upon the written word and its context, across the ages and in multiple media, old and new.

Mission: The RGME exists to apply an integrated, holistic approach to texts in many forms through the ages. By offering a concerted, informed response to the complex challenges of preserving, transmitting, and understanding the legacy of the past, we seek better to understand the present to to help prepare for the future, above all a future worth having.

#historyofliteracy.
01/02/2021

#historyofliteracy.

Every year on January 1, the copyright on thousands of books, songs, films and other creative works expires. Law professor Jennifer Jenkins says 2021 is "a bumper crop."

12/31/2020

Dunno why the site continues to mess up the attempts to post. Sorry if t looks scrappy. We're working on it. Thanks for looking.

12/31/2020
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With our Spring Symposium, as planned, we produced and published the Symposium Booklet, with Program, Abstracts, and Illustrations. A beautiful booklet, as a souvenir of the aims of our speakers and their varied subjects. We offer it freely as a download from our nonprofit website:http://manuscriptevidence.org/wpme/download/12703/. Already a popular download on our site!

12/31/2020

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Looking forward to 2021, Part 1.We planned for a Spring Symposium at Princeton University.  Great Line Up!  It promised ...
12/31/2020
2020 Spring Symposium Cancelled or Postponed -

Looking forward to 2021, Part 1.

We planned for a Spring Symposium at Princeton University.

Great Line Up! It promised to be one of our very best events ever.

http://manuscriptevidence.org/2020-spring-symposium-cancelled-or-postponed/ .

“From Cover to Cover” Activities Devoted to Manuscripts, Early Printed Books & Beyond From Collecting & Cataloguing to Deciphering & Beholding 2020 Spring Symposium of the Research Group on Manuscript Evidence Princeton University * Friday & Saturday 13–14 March 2020 Update 5 April 2020 The Sy...

#historyofprinting.  #booksinParis.  #GutenbergBibles.
12/29/2020

#historyofprinting. #booksinParis. #GutenbergBibles.

Ouvrez le plus merveilleux coffre-fort de France avec les trésors de la BnF. Nous vous invitons à commencer vos découvertes avec la Bible de Gutenberg. Sa beauté, sa renommée et la diffusion rapide de la technique, révolutionnaire, de production, en ont fait un livre emblématique de la culture occidentale.

La Bible de Gutenberg est reconnue comme le premier ouvrage d’envergure à avoir été imprimé au moyen de caractères mobiles. Elle a été produite à Mayence, florissante cité de la vallée du Rhin et du Saint-Empire Romain Germanique, au milieu des années 1450. Cette première œuvre imprimée est aussi l’une des plus abouties que l’Europe médiévale ait engendrées.

La BnF possède deux des quatre exemplaires de la Bible de Gutenberg conservés sur le sol français. Chacun de ces deux exemplaires présente des caractéristiques propres : l'un a été imprimé sur parchemin et est orné de décors peints, l'autre est imprimé sur papier et porte des notes manuscrites d'une importance historique capitale ; tous deux portent des traces anciennes d'usage, de correction. Bien qu'ayant été produite au moyen d'une technique mécanique, chacune de ces deux Bibles est une œuvre unique.

À une époque où les bibles de lutrin de grande taille, utilisées dans les monastères pour la lecture durant l'office ou au réfectoire, sont à nouveau très prisées – alors que depuis le XIIIe siècle les bibles de poche parisiennes étaient les plus communément utilisées –, il choisit de faire paraître sa Bible en deux volumes de grand format et lance une souscription avant même sa parution en 1454-1455. Tout au long du XVe siècle se succédèrent quatre-vingts éditions qui servirent de modèle à des éditions ultérieures.

Ainsi, le statut du texte sacré se trouvait bouleversé puisqu'il devenait un objet commercial dont l'exclusivité échappait désormais à l'Église ; il devenait également objet d'étude pour les savants et humanistes de la Renaissance désireux de retrouver la pureté du texte originel ; en favorisant l'alphabétisation, l'imprimerie rendit aussi l'accès aux Écritures possible au plus grand nombre, favorisant certainement la diffusion de la Réforme.

Le texte, celui de la Vulgate en latin, se présente sur deux colonnes de 42 lignes chacune, d'où l'appellation de "Bible à 42 lignes" ; il est divisé en chapitres, le caractère employé ressemble à celui des livres liturgiques, très pratique pour la lecture publique, lisible à un mètre de distance. Il est imprimé sur parchemin ; des espaces blancs avaient été laissés pour les lettrines qui furent enluminées à la main ensuite ; son aspect ressemble à s'y méprendre à celui d'un manuscrit. Les premiers acquéreurs avaient le choix entre l'exemplaire sur papier pesant 13,5 kg ou celui sur parchemin, beaucoup plus lourd, 22,5 kg.

Vous pouvez consulter ce patrimoine exceptionnel depuis chez vous, sur notre bibliothèque numérique Gallica BnF https://gallica.bnf.fr/ark:/12148/bpt6k9912811/

« Les trésors de la BnF » : un documentaire inédit France 5, à revoir en streaming jusqu'au 27 janvier https://www.france.tv/documentaires/art-culture/2154897-les-tresors-de-la-bibliotheque-nationale-de-france.html

#turnedthepages.  #manuscriptsatTheParkerLibrary.Number 22 in our Illustrated Catalogue.  #archbishopsbooks.
12/28/2020
Has Thomas Becket's treasured 'little book' been found?

#turnedthepages. #manuscriptsatTheParkerLibrary.

Number 22 in our Illustrated Catalogue. #archbishopsbooks.

Thomas Becket, killed in Canterbury in 1170, was attached to a "little book", which may now have been found in Cambridge.

#historyofliteracy.
12/27/2020

#historyofliteracy.

Merry Christmas to all of my crazy book people! I love this community so much and I hope you have a wonderful day!!

12/27/2020

Wrapping up the reports for 2020. It has been a year. With bows on.

Approaching the New Year, we commence a review of our year's activities. Watch this space.

#plantsinbooks.
12/22/2020

#plantsinbooks.

175 years ago John Stevens Henslow started lobbying for a Botanic Garden in Cambridge. After twenty years of effort, his work bore fruit and led to the garden still enjoyed by thousands every year.

Now, his correspondence is available online for the first time on Epsilon, a nineteenth-century science letters platform, as Professor John Parker (Director of Cambridge University Botanic Garden between 1996 & 2010) explains in a new Special Collections blog: https://specialcollections-blog.lib.cam.ac.uk/?p=21175

#cambridgeuniversitylibrary #cambridgeuniversity #archives #botanicgardens #gardens

#historyofjewelry.
12/18/2020

#historyofjewelry.

A rock crystal ring masterfully carved into the shape of a sphinx. It dates to the 19th or 20th Dynasty (circa 1295-1070 BCE).

This piece (29944) is now in Electrum gallery in New York, USA, an agent for Phoenix Ancient Art S.A., an antiquities dealer based in Geneva, Switzerland.

Photo: Phoenix Ancient Art S.A.

#gamesonpaper.  #historyofgames.
12/05/2020

#gamesonpaper. #historyofgames.

Jeux de whist, de tric trac, de dames, d'échec, jeu de l'oie, loto... Vous trouverez ce qu'il vous faut dans cet album, catalogue de 1847 de la maison Coqueret, tabletterie en gros.
https://c.bnf.fr/L4L

"Seals and Open Linked Data" online Colloquium (December 2,3 and 8, 2020), organized by John McEwan (who will present a ...
12/03/2020
Colloque (en ligne) – Seals and Linked Open Data

"Seals and Open Linked Data" online Colloquium (December 2,3 and 8, 2020), organized by John McEwan (who will present a paper for our Sessions on Seals at the 2021 ICMS #kzoo2021). The plan for the Colloquium:
"We will consider the future of sigillography by investigating the applications of new technologies, such as machine learning and 3D visualization, and by exploring the ongoing development of large sigillographic datasets for Medieval Europe. Information here:
https://rmblf.be/2020/11/23/colloque-en-ligne-seals-and-linked-open-data/

The Saint Louis University Center for Digital Humanities, in association with Linked Past 6, is hosting a symposium on Seals and Linked Open Data (December 2,3 and 8, 2020). We will consider the fu…

#musicinmamuscripts.  #manuscriptsatWorcesterCathedral.
11/30/2020

#musicinmamuscripts. #manuscriptsatWorcesterCathedral.

The Worcester Antiphoner (book of music for worship) is one of the Cathedral’s treasures. This page sets to music the words of the first of the ‘O Antiphons’, more familiar to us as the Advent hymn, ‘O Come, O come, Emmanuel’. The words are full of longing and hope in God.

#historyofscholarship.  Dante and His Readers.With thanks and congratulations for our Associate, Pamela Patton, for the ...
11/30/2020
2020 Rapid Response Grant: “Literary Visualizations” Reconstructs Imaginations of Dante’s Readers — Princeton University Humanities Council

#historyofscholarship. Dante and His Readers.
With thanks and congratulations for our Associate, Pamela Patton, for the link.

By Ruby Shao ’17 Nearly seven centuries after his death, Dante continues to attract global acclaim for composing The Divine Comedy, an Italian epic poem about a man’s journey from hell through purgatory to heaven. Yet analyses of the story’s visual components have considered the artwork it ins...

#scribesatwork.
11/30/2020
A failure to follow directions

#scribesatwork.

Missal leaf, with mistakes. In a post from last year , I wrote about some guide letters, where a scribe (or, in that case, a typesetter) ind...

Guided Tour by our Associate, Dot Porter, of a Carolingian copy of the Periermenias.  #manuscriptsatUPenn.
11/24/2020
Manuscript Monday: LJS 101 – Periermenias Aristotelis

Guided Tour by our Associate, Dot Porter, of a Carolingian copy of the Periermenias. #manuscriptsatUPenn.

Dot Porter, Curator, Digital Research Services at the University of Pennsylvania Library, offers a video orientation to Penn Library’s LJS 101, Periermenias Aristotelis, by Boethius. This man…

#historyofliteracy.
11/22/2020
InterLibrary Loan Will Change Your Life

#historyofliteracy.

The librarian greeted me, asked for my name, and scanned a shelf of books along the wall. She pulled one from the collection, and placed it on the counter—but left her hand on the book. She smiled.…

#historyofbookdesign.  With thanks to Anke Timmermann for the link.
11/22/2020

#historyofbookdesign. With thanks to Anke Timmermann for the link.

Mrs Helen Heelis (1866-1943) would enter the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography as an ‘artist, children’s writer, and sheep breeder’, but to the reading, English-speaking world - and beyond - she would always be known as Beatrix Potter (her middle and maiden names).

Drawing and painting defined Beatrix’ childhood, during which she spent the summers exploring, and becoming fascinated by nature and animals: family summers were spent in the country, there were a variety of pets the young Beatrix looked after, and during her frequent bouts of illness, drawing kept Beatrix entertained. Fossil-hunting and photography joined Beatrix’ wide range of interests, as did the study of fungi, although a mycological paper she submitted to the Linnean Society of London - with the help of her aunt’s husband Sir Henry Roscoe - was not published (women were not yet admitted to the Society).

Despite publishers’ initial skepticism about her work, Beatrix Potter’s children’s books and illustrations led to more, and a long-lasting success, starting with the privately published Tale of Peter Rabbit in 1901 (8 years after she had first written it for Noel Moore, one of the children of her last governess). She wrote The Story of a Fierce Bad Rabbit - Peter Rabbit’s alter ego, if you will - in 1906 for the niece of her fiancé Norman Warne, Louie Warne, ‘who had told Aunt Beatrix that Peter was much too good a rabbit, and she wanted a story about a really naughty one’ (Linder, A History of the Writings of Beatrix Potter, 1971). Its publication history also shows how deeply involved Potter was with the process of bringing her stories to print: originally published in an unmanageable format which followed that of the original manuscripts – long, folded strips within wallet-style bindings - the Fierce Bad Rabbit was reissued in a more practical format in 1916.

Learn more about the Fierce Bad Rabbit (https://www.typeandforme.com/index.php/2020/08/25/beatrix-potter-the-story-of-a-fierce-bad-rabbit-c1916-150/) or Jane Quinby’s pioneering bibliography of Beatrix Potter (the limited edition: https://www.typeandforme.com/index.php/2020/06/28/jane-quinby-beatrix-potter-1954-first-limited-edition-195/) on our website.



This post is the second of a series of spotlights on illustrators at Type & Forme. Follow us to explore the visual variety of book illustration!

#FoxInBooks.
11/22/2020

#FoxInBooks.

🦊 Le Roman de Renart 🦊

Héros animalier incarnant la fourberie sous toutes ses formes, Renart (avec un t final) traverse les siècles, depuis le Moyen Âge, pour amuser les lecteurs à coup de ruses multiples, de la petite plaisanterie au tour le plus machiavélique.

Les aventures du goupil malicieux, qui font toujours l’objet de nombreuses adaptations (parmi lesquelles la toute récente bande dessinée de Joann Sfar), ont été composées par plusieurs auteurs anonymes entre 1170 et 1250. Réunis en recueil dans le "Roman de Renart" dès le XIIIe siècle, les différents récits, appelés "branches", ont pour point commun de mettre en scène des animaux victimes de la perfidie du héros – sans suivre cependant un ordre chronologique précis.

Relevant avant tout de la tradition orale, le "Roman de Renart" a aussi donné lieu à plusieurs manuscrits richement enluminés, à l'instar du manuscrit "Français 12584", conservé à la BnF et intégralement numérisé sur Gallica BnF [c.bnf.fr/LVU].

🔎 Pour explorer les origines du "Roman de Renart" avec Classes BnF : c.bnf.fr/p9F

Illustration : Le Roman de Renart, mss. Français 12584. BnF, département des Manuscrits.

More Is More, Palimpsests Included.#EgeManuscripts.With thanks to our Associate, Lisa Fagin Davis, for the link.
11/20/2020
RIT students discover hidden 15th-century text on medieval manuscripts

More Is More, Palimpsests Included.
#EgeManuscripts.
With thanks to our Associate, Lisa Fagin Davis, for the link.

RIT students discovered lost text on 15th-century manuscript leaves using an imaging system they developed as freshmen. By using ultraviolet-fluorescence imaging, the students revealed that a manuscript leaf held in RIT’s Cary Graphic Arts Collection was actually a palimpsest, a manuscript on parc...

News of an online event for 2, 3, and 8 December 2020 about the Future of Sigillography.  With thanks to John McEwan (ou...
11/19/2020
Seals and Linked Open Data

News of an online event for 2, 3, and 8 December 2020 about the Future of Sigillography. With thanks to John McEwan (our speaker for the 2021 ICMS, also online) for the information. Here:

The Saint Louis University Center for Digital Humanities, in association with Linked Past 6, is hosting a symposium on Seals and Linked Open Data (December 2,3 and 8, 2020). We will consider the future of sigillography by investigating the applications of new technologies, such as machine learning and 3D visualization, and by exploring the ongoing development of large sigillographic datasets for Medieval Europe. Please register here for our synchronous events.

Panel 1: Repositories, Scholars and Seals
December 2nd, 15:00-16:45 (Central European Time)

Panel 2: Linking Datasets
December 3rd, 15:00-16:45 (Central European Time)

Panel 3: Le potentiel des grands ensembles de données pour la sigillographie / The potential of large datasets for sigillography
December 8rd, 15:00-16:45 (Central European Time)

Information: https://johnmcewan.github.io/LinkedPast_6/
Registration: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/seals-and-linked-open-data-tickets-129485222787

Hear about the future of medieval sigillography -- 3D visualization, machine learning, and the impact of large datasets.

#historyofcollections.  #historyofliteracy.
11/17/2020

#historyofcollections. #historyofliteracy.

In 2017, book conservators at the Morgan embarked on a project with the University of Kentucky and the University of Iowa to see whether non-destructive imaging techniques could uncover hidden text and sewing details in M.910, a Coptic manuscript severely damaged by both fire and water sometime before 1962 when it was acquired by the Morgan.
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Using X-ray Microtomography to See Hidden Features of a Manuscript Codex: www.themorgan.org/blog/inside-story-using-x-ray-microtomography-see-hidden-features-manuscript-codex
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MS M.910 Acts of the Apostles. Last page of text block showing damage caused by water and fire. Text is written in the Sahidic Coptic dialect.
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MS M.910. Spine folds of closed text block; remains of the link-stitch sewing are visible along the spine. Sand and other archaeological debris remains stuck to the gelatinized parchment.

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The Research Group on Manuscript Evidence is a nonprofit Section 501(c)(3) educational corporation for the purposes of lectures, discussions, and other forms of publication. Founded in 1989 in England and incorporated as a nonprofit educational corporation in 1999, the RGME exists to apply an integrated, holistic, or comprehensive, approach to manuscripts and texts in other forms through the ages. Our work began on medieval Western European manuscripts and early modern printed books in specific collections, but, over the years, our research work and our mission have expanded to embrace a wider body of written (and other) sources, from the Antique world to the present.

The Research Group considers these and many related materials simultaneously as carriers of text, archaeological artefacts, works of art, layers of history, and monuments of culture. Our interests embrace many materials and fields of study. They range from book culture, book history, library history, art history, palaeography, textual transmission, and linguistics, to archival studies, conservation, archaeology, and forensics. By such means, we offer a concerted, informed response to the complex challenges of preserving, transmitting, and understanding the legacy of the past.

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OK so I have a totally strange question. I have a near infrared camera I'm testing. It sees between the wavelengths of 950-1700nm. Do any of you know any manuscript related use for it?
A series of dozens of downloadable fonts have been produced from vector images of ancient, medieval and early modern manuscripts. Ever wish you could type in Book of Kells, Humanistic Cursive, Gutenberg Bible, and other palaeographical beauties? Look no further!
Dear manuscript friends! Here is a call for papers some of you may be interested in. Pass it along: Dear Friends and Colleagues, I am pulling together an Edited Collection called Suffering for Salvation and I would like to invite you to consider submitting one or more chapters The abstract/call for the Collection is here: The interactive nature of imagery in medieval texts allowed users to approach their devotions in a variety of ways. Images of holy figures were particularly potent and charged with symbolic meaning. This publication will explore how users of medieval manuscripts regarded images of suffering, internalizing what they viewed as a means for salvation. Dr. Joni Hand earned her Ph.D. in art history from the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. She is the author of Women, Manuscripts, and Identity in Northern Europe, 1350-1550 (Ashgate, 2013), and Bound for the Midwest (Southeast Missouri State University Press, 2017). Dr. Hand is Associate Professor of Art History at Southeast Missouri State University. A Chapter should normally be no longer than 6000 words, and should be original and previously unpublished. If the work has already been published (as a journal article, or in conference proceedings, for example), the Publisher will require evidence that permission to be re-published has been granted. To see the Call on the Publisher’s website, please click here: http://cambridgescholars.com/edited_collections/suffering-for-salvation-chapter-submission.docx, where you can download and complete a submission form.
There's an interesting article about manuscript and print in nineteenth and twentieth century China:
Practical question: my recently published book uses an image of a BAV manuscript for which I obtained permission. My publisher keeps asking if I have found the correct address to send the *digital* edition of the book for complementary copies requested as part of the BAV's permission process. Does anyone have any experience with this?
Stepping Stone, Rosetta Style, Decipherment Included. #RosettaStone.
More Is More, Archival Style, Merovingian Royal Coinage Inventory Online Included. #historyofinventories.
Write On, Samuel Beckett Style, Doodles Included. #writershandwriting. #historyofdoodles. #SamuelBeckett.
Hare To Fore & Back #haresinmanuscripts.
Solstice Plus.
Solstice Greetings, Vatican Style, Illestrations Included. #HrabanusMaurus. #SolsticeGreetings.
The exhibition reopening the renovated Grolier Club showcases French manuscripts and books in grand style. Have a look! #worthaview.