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.
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.
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.
Here we provide a Contents List for these Reports, grouped mostly by subjects.
I. Setting the Stage
Reflections on the photography of manuscripts and written materials
made under a variety of conditions, revealing aspects that a single image could not
The Case of One of My Favorite Manuscripts, Ripped Up, Alas, by the Center That Made It
The Sellers’ Tells, Sadly, with a Preview of Examples by Otto F. Ege
A Light-Hearted View of Group Portraits, when it comes to Manuscripts and Their Best Sides, Photo Ops Included
Another Light-Hearted View, Celebrating a Volunteer CopyCat Editor
II. Documents in Question
A Most Strange Seal on a Paper Document of A.D. 1345, Old Style, from Grenoble
A Puzzling Fragment from a French Charter with the Date, Maybe Accurate, of 1538
A Pair of 13th-Century Documents, Missing Their Seals, from Preston, Near Ipswich, in Suffolk
(Competition with Book Prizes Included)
A complete documentary scroll from Emelia-Romagna in North-East Italy,
with Notarial Sign and Signature
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.
III. Isolated Manuscript Fragments
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.
A Leaf from the Hours of the Virgin
in an Unknown 15th-century Book of Hours
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)
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
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
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
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
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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
[P.S. Watch for the update: More Discoveries for ‘Otto Ege Manuscript 41’]
Part of Ezekiel 10–11 from a 32-Line Vulgate Pocket Bible from France
[P.S. Watch for the update: More Discoveries for ‘Otto Ege Manuscript 61’]
Latin Processional for Palm Sunday for Singing Nuns:
A Detached Leaf from ‘The Wilton Processional’
Part of the Interpretation of Hebrew Names (Alcath – Ananias)
from a 50-line Vulgate Lectern Bible with Splendid Decoration and Illustration, as Once Was
[P.S. Watch for the update: More Discoveries for ‘Otto Ege Manuscript 14’]
[P.S. Watch for the update: More Discoveries for ‘Otto Ege Manuscript 51’]
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)
[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 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.
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
VI. Manuscripts and Composite Manuscripts
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”.
More to come . . .
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