Manuscript Studies: Contents List

Detail of verso of a leaf from the Office of the Dead in a Book of Hours, with the polychrome Initial M (of 'Manus') with an inset pair of trefoil leaves or fruits against gold leaf background. Photograph © Mildred Budny

M for ‘Manus’ (‘Hand’)

A Series of Blogposts

Our blog on Manuscript Studies, begun in 2015, reports and illustrates a variety of manuscripts, fragments, and documents, sometimes with seals included.  In keeping with our interests in manuscript and other evidence, some posts consider printed materials, including early printed evidence.

Some posts include Booklets downloadable in PDF format.  The Booklets are set in our copyright font Bembino (available for FREE) and laid out according to the principles of our Style Manifesto.

The materials belong to different owners, who allow us to study these materials long-term and report the research results, with photographs reproduced by permission.

With guest bloggers as they can join us, our Director Mildred Budny produces many of the blogposts.  You could learn more about her work, activities, and interests, and view her Curriculum Vitae on Mildred Budny: Her Page.

Some Posts report discoveries relating to Items in Mildred Budny’s Illustrated Handlist of Medieval and Early Modern Manuscripts, Documents, and Printed Materials. They are indicated here by Handlist Numbers in red.

Do you have a blogpost to contribute?  Do you have suggestions for subjects?  We welcome your imput.

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With thanks to Susan L’Engle for including it in the newsletter Manuscripts on My Mind:  News from the Vatican Film Library, a first list of the posts was reported in Number 16 (page 15).  This discourse gave inspiration for preparing a list of the posts as they appear.  You are Here.

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Here we provide a Contents List for these Reports, grouped mostly by subjects.

I.  Setting the Stage

‘Show & Tell’ Seminar on Manuscripts & Their Photographs

Reflections on the photography of manuscripts and written materials
made under a variety of conditions, revealing aspects that a single image could not

Initial P of Prayer in Book of Hours, with Photography © Mildred Budny

Photography © Mildred Budny

The ‘Foundling Hospital’ for Manuscript Fragments

The Case of One of My Favorite Manuscripts, Ripped Up, Alas, by the Center That Made It

Royal MS 1 E.VI, folio 43r. From www.bl.uk/digitised manuscripts, via Creative Commons Public Domain

© British Library Board, Royal MS 1 E.VI, folio 43r. Reproduced by permission

Lost and Foundlings

The Sellers’ Tells, Sadly, with a Preview of Examples by Otto F. Ege

Penwork extending from a decorated initial extends below the final line of text and ends in a horned animal head which looks into its direction. Photography © Mildred Budny

Photography © Mildred Budny

Manuscript Groupies

A Light-Hearted View of Group Portraits, when it comes to Manuscripts and Their Best Sides, Photo Ops Included

6 leaves in the 'Handlist', shown variously in their rectos or versos, by chance as the occasion arose. Photography by Mildred Budny

Photography © Mildred Budny

Center-Fold

Another Light-Hearted View, Celebrating a Volunteer CopyCat Editor

DSCN1294 Mistie as Center Fold for feature image

Photography © Mildred Budny


[Update: By popular request, Miss Mistie now has her very own Fan Club. See Mistie’s Fan Page, with more pictures and anecdotes.]

II.  Documents in Question

Curiouser and Curiouser

A Most Strange Seal on a Paper Document of A.D. 1345, Old Style, from Grenoble

The red wax seal seen upright, with the male human head facing left. Document on paper issued at Grenoble and dated 13 February 1345 (Old Style). Image reproduced by permission

Scrap of Information

A Puzzling Fragment from a French Charter with the Date, Maybe Accurate, of 1538

The Date 1538 on the Scrap, enhanced with photographic lighting. Photography © Mildred Budny

Full Court Preston

A Pair of 13th-Century Documents, Missing Their Seals, from Preston, Near Ipswich, in Suffolk
(Competition with Book Prizes Included)

Cloth bag, now empty, for the original seal to authenticate the document, which remains intact, for a transaction of about the mid 13th-century at Preston, near Ipswich, Suffolk, UK. Photograph reproduced by permission.

Notarial Roll of 1305 from Cesena

A complete documentary scroll from Emelia-Romagna in North-East Italy,
with Notarial Sign and Signature

The notarial sign and attestation of authentication. Photography © Mildred Budny

Lillian Vail Dymond

A guest blogpost by Linde M. Brocato considers the case, such as by adoption, of the several names which official documents might adopt at various times when referring to a single individual, particularly for an individual whose history passes through various times and places with different forms of record.

Blanked out Birth certificate after adoption completed.

Say Cheese

An Undated Single-sheet Document in French, written by a single hand probably during the 1530s (presumably in the very region), records a survey of rents for plots of land from the region of Brie in France

Right-hand half of face of Single-sheet document in French on vellum, circa 1530s, listing rents for plots of land, from Brie in France. Private collection, reproduced by permission.

III.  Isolated Manuscript Fragments

The Mass of Saint Gregory, Illustrated

A Leaf from a Prayerbook with a Late 15th-Century Illustration, probably made in France or the Netherlands, of the visionary Mass performed by Gregory the Great.  To him appears the figure of Christ surrounded by Most of the Instruments and Agents of His Passion, upon a brilliant blue background.

Detail of the head of Christ. Photography © Mildred Budny

Leaf from a Tiny Book of Hours

A Leaf from the Hours of the Virgin
in an Unknown 15th-century Book of Hours

Detail of Verso from a Detached Leaf from a tiny Book of Hours, with the decorated initial I of 'In' within the Hours of the Virgin. Photography © Mildred Budny

A Leaf from the Office of the Dead

Part of the Office of the Dead
from a 15th-century Book of Hours
made in Flanders (perhaps at Bruges or Antwerp) circa 1470;
with a Personal Reflection on the Subject,
occasioned by the death of Jennifer O’Reilly (1943–2016)

Photography © Mildred Budny

Part-Leaf from a Large-Format Lectionary

Parts of I Maccabees 10 and Homily 38 on the Gospels by Gregory the Great
from a large-format Latin lectionary, probably made in Italy, perhaps Northern Italy, circa 1175
reduced to the lower part of the leaf, for reuse as a wrapper or binder for unknown materials

Big Leaf Recto Textum

Three Leaves from a Latin Religious Pocket Handbook

3 Non-Continuous Leaves from a 14th-Century Handbook
of Texts for Religious & Liturgical Practice
including parts of Psalm 77 (78 ) and
Eadmer’s Tractatus de Conceptione Beatae Mariae

Folio 6 recto, with the top lines of the double columns carrying parts of the text of the Vulgate Psalm, with alternately colored initials beginning the verses, which run together in long lines. Reproduced by permisison.

Written in the Stars

A pair of continuous leaves from the end of a Roman Breviary,
with lections from Patristic sermons
by Leo the Great, Gregory the Great, and Augustine of Hippo
about the Visit of the 3 Magi to the Christ Child and the rôle of the Star(s),
in a denial of the powers of astrology

Detail of top of Folio Irb of Breviary fragment, with the first in the set of Lections from Sermon 199 on the Epiphany by Augustine of Hippo. Reproduced by permission.
Spoonful of Sugar

A bifolium from a Latin treatise on medical substances from an unknown center,
reused as the cover for a thick book bound with wooden boards and
subsequently retrieved, with the loss of most of its contextual context,
perhaps recoverable in part with wider awareness of this solitary survival

Detail with Initial G of Folio Ivb of Bifolium from a Latin Medicinal Treatise reused formerly as the cover of a binding for some other text, unknown. Reproduced by permissionIt’s a Wrap

A decorated and annotated leaf from a large-format copy of the Novels of Justinian’s Code, made almost certainly at Bologna (or Padua) circa 1260–1280, found reuse as a wrapper, pasted and folded, with added tie, for other stuff.
P9306939 Justinian wrapper initial I branded

A Reused Part-Leaf from Bede’s Homilies on the Gospels

A vellum part-leaf from a 14th-century large-format Latin copy
of Bede’s Gospel Homilies (and perhaps other texts) in double columns,
perhaps made in France, found reuse as part of a cover apparently for a modern land ledger (now lost) and then retrieval as a scrap on its own for sale from France.

Recto of the Part-Leaf from Bede's Homily on the Gospels for Holy Saturday (Mark 7:31-37).

A Leaf from Gregory’s Dialogues Reused to Bind Euthymius

A leaf from the Dialogues of Pope Gregory the Great (Book III.7),
copied probably in Germany circa 1175,
and reused as the cover for the binding of a copy (now lost) of
Euthymius Zigabenus’s Commentary on the Psalms

DSC_1646 Greg Dial wrapper verso at 180 dpi

Handlist 3, Verso

Another Witness to the Cistercian Statutes of 1257

A Part-Leaf, now on its own, carries parts of the Chapter De Conversis (“On the Lay Brothers”)
from Distinctio (“Section”) XIV (out of XV in total)
in the Codification of 1257 of Statutes for the Cistercian Order

Verso: Detail. Fragment from a Copy of the Cistercian Statutes of 1257-1258. Reproduced by permission.

A 12th-Century Fragment of Anselm’s Cur Deus Homo

A fragmentary vellum leaf from chapters close to the end of Anselm’s theological–philosophical masterwork “Why God Became a Man” has surfaced in France, removed from its former use as the cover or wrapper, with flap closure, for some now-lost materials, presumably a book or notebook on paper.  This fragment joins the select corpus of early manuscript witnesses to the text.

Verso of the Leaf and Interior of the Binding, Detail: Lower Right-Hand Corner, with the Mitered Flap Unfolde

Verso of the Leaf and Interior of the Binding, Detail: Lower Right-Hand Corner, with the Mitered Flap Unfolded.

IV.  Dispersed Manuscript Fragments Reassembled, at Least Virtually

A New Leaf from ‘Otto Ege Manuscript 41’

Part of the Dialogues of Pope Gregory the Great (Book III.12–14)
from a 15th-Century Manuscript
Plundered in Belgium in World War I

Decorated opening word 'Nuper' of the Dialogues, Book III, Chapter 13, reproduced by permission

[P.S.  Watch for the update:  More Discoveries for ‘Otto Ege Manuscript 41’]

Leaf 41 within its Mat with Printed Label in the Family Album (Set Number 3) of Otto Ege's Portfolio of 'Fifty Original Leaves' (FOL). Otto Ege Collection, Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Yale University. Photograph by Mildred Budny.

Leaf 41, plus mat and label, in the Family Album of Otto Ege’s Portfolio of ‘Fifty Original Leaves’. Otto Ege Collection, Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Yale University. Photograph by Mildred Budny.

A New Leaf from ‘Otto Ege Manuscript 61’

Part of Ezekiel 10–11 from a 32-Line Vulgate Pocket Bible from France

Running title for EZE on the verso of the Ezekiel leaf from 'Ege Manuscript 61'. Photography by Mildred Budny

Update here:

More Discoveries for ‘Otto Ege Manuscript 61’

Opening Lines of the Book of Zachariah. Courtesy of Flora Lamson Hewlett Library, Graduate Theological Union, Berkeley, CA. Reproduced by permission.

Opening Lines of the Book of Zachariah. Courtesy of Flora Lamson Hewlett Library, Graduate Theological Union, Berkeley, CA. Reproduced by permission.

A New Leaf from ‘Otto Ege Manuscript 8’

Latin Processional for Palm Sunday for Singing Nuns:
A Detached Leaf from ‘The Wilton Processional’

Penwork extending from a decorated initial extends below the final line of text and ends in a horned animal head which looks into its direction. Photography © Mildred Budny

A New Leaf from ‘Otto Ege Manuscript 14’

Part of the Interpretation of Hebrew Names (AlcathAnanias)
from a 50-line Vulgate Lectern Bible with Splendid Decoration and Illustration, as Once Was

Top of column a on the recto, with the first glossary entries. Photography by Mildred Budny

[P.S.  Watch for the update:  More Discoveries for ‘Otto Ege Manuscript 14’]

New Acquisitions Exhibition at the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library in November 2016: View of Some Parts of "Otto Ege Manuscript 14".

“A Long Shot”. New Acquisitions Exhibition at the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library in November 2016: View of Some Parts of “Otto Ege Manuscript 14”. Photography by Mildred Budny.

More Leaves from ‘Otto Ege Manuscript 51’

Detached Leaves from Ege’s Erfurt Manuscript of 1365 CE of Aristotle’s Nichomachean Ethics
in Latin Translation on Paper Detail of Verso of detached leaf from the Nichomachean Ethics in Latin translation, from a manuscript dispersed by Otto Ege and now in a private collection. Reproduced by permission.

[P.S.  Watch for the update:  More Discoveries for ‘Otto Ege Manuscript 51’]

Otto Ege Collection, Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Yale University. Ege Manuscript 51, Volume II, Front Cover

Otto Ege Collection, Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Yale University. Ege Manuscript 51, Volume II, Front Cover. Photograph by Mildred Budny.

New Testament Leaves in Old Armenian

A Pair of Leaves Identified, Described, Collated, and Set into the Context of its Manuscript
With a Downloadable Booklet
(showcasing the Armenian font for the next version of our multilingual font Bembino)

Cover for the Report on 'Two Detached Manuscript Leaves containing New Testament Texts in Old Armenian' by Leslie J. French for the Research Group on Manuscript Evidence, with a detail of Leaf I verso, column a lines 10-12, with the opening of Acts 23:12

[P.S.  Watch for the update:  “The Plot Thickens”]

V. Manuscript Leaves or Bifolia
Reused as Covers for Later Materials and Still In Situ

A Part-Leaf from ‘The Life of Saint Blaise’

A fragmentary leaf from a Latin lectionary found its way forward as a reused limp vellum cover for an 18th-century paper notebook used as a register for receipts in French in the area of Plauzat in the Auvergne.

344 cropped to MCover-Up

A reused medieval bifolium with parts of Psalms 77 (78) and 87 (88), from a medium-format Latin Psalter made in the late 13th or early 14th century,
covers a 18th-century paper notebook of receipts in French relating to Dijon and its region

The front and back covers and the spine of the notebook spread out to show the exposed exterior of the reused medieval bifolium. Photography © Mildred Budny

VI. Manuscripts and Composite Manuscripts

A Composite Volume from Le Parc Abbey

Budny Handlist 15

“Albertus Magnus” (AKA Hugh Ripelin) Meets Peter the Venerable in a pair of partly decorated 15th-century Latin manuscripts from Le Parc Abbey in Belgium.  Formerly separate, they were bound together in the 17th or 18th century at the abbey and sold along with many of its books in the 19th century.

An initial report appeared in a paper for one of our 2016 Conference Sessions, as reported in its Abstract:  “Double Act:  Manuscripts Combining Paper and Parchment”.

Opening between the Front Flyleaf, Verso, and Folio 1 recto, opening Part A.

Opening between the Front Flyleaf, Verso, and Folio 1 recto, opening Part A (“Albertus Magnus”).

Le Parc Composite Volume: End of Part A and beginning of Part B

Folios 96v – 97r, closing Part A and opening Part B (Peter the Venerable).

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More to come . . .

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