E-CATALOGUE ONE: WOMEN AND THE BOOK
Text by Sandra Hindman and Laura Light
This new series of e-Catalogues focuses on select themes of text manuscripts available in our inventory on www.textmanuscripts.com.
Manuscripts made and/or owned by women offer one of the best and most vivid resources for telling the stories of these women, secular and religious, young and old, high-born and common. Seven of the manuscripts in our new list were owned by, and often made by, nuns; the lives of secular women are revealed in three special manuscripts. For the classroom and the collector, these manuscripts bring to life the roles women played in society.
SATELLITE 1 - The Woven Prayer Book: Cocoon to Codex
Text by Matthew J. Westerby, 68 pp., fully illustrated, in English
The Satellite Series enables us to explore topics at the edges of our core inventory, looking ath the big picture and connections across media. It is fitting that the first "satellite" is focused on neo-Gothic books woven with silk. Matthew J. Westerby excellent essay presents new findings on five books programmed with punch cards and produced with Jacquard looms in Lyon for submission to the 1889 World's Fair.
SHARED LANGUAGE: VERNACULAR MANUSCRIPTS IN THE MIDDLE AGES
Text by Laura Light with an introduction Christopher de Hamel, and essays by Dennis Dutschke, Stephen Mossman, Emily Runde, John Van Engen, and Mary Beth Winn, fully illustrated, in English
The thirty-six manuscripts included in this catalogue provide viewers unique access to the authentic, spontaneous vision of people in medieval France, Italy, Germany, the Low Countries, and Britain.
TRACES: PEOPLE AND THE BOOK
Text by Laura Light with a preface by Sandra Hindman, fully illustrated, in English
This catalogue focuses on books as material artifacts made and used by people: the people in the book, the people who made them, and (even more) the people who used them, read them and owned them. TEXT MANUSCRIPTS vol. 6
WOMEN AND THE BOOK IN THE MIDDLE AGES AND THE RENAISSANCE
Text by Laura Light with an introduction by Anne Winston-Allen, 127 pp., fully illustrated, in English
This catalogue showcases thirty-six manuscripts that demonstrate the important role that women played as authors, artists, scribes, patrons, and book-owners throughout the Middle Ages and the Renaissance. TEXT MANUSCRIPTS vol. 5
SACRED SONG - CHANTING THE BIBLE IN THE MIDDLE AGES AND RENAISSANCE
Text by Laura Light and Susan Boynton, 104 pp., fully illustrated, in English
The fourth in our series of Text Manuscripts catalogues, "Sacred Song: Chanting the Bible in the Middle Ages and Renaissance," brings together thirty-two manuscripts from the fourteenth to the nineteenth centuries that represent different aspects of the chant tradition, as well as other forms of sacred music. TEXT MANUSCRIPTS vol. 4
PATHS TO REFORM “THINGS NEW AND OLD”
Text by Sandra Hindman and Laura Light with an introduction by David Lyle Jeffrey, 116 pp., fully illustrated, in English
This catalogue, third in a series of catalogues on text manuscripts, is called "Paths to Reform." The approximately thirty-five manuscripts presented here highlight the texts that inspired reform movements from the twelfth to the sixteenth century. TEXT MANUSCRIPTS vol. 3
ANTONIO TEMPESTA'S BLOCKS AND WOODCUTS FOR THE MEDICEAN 1591 ARABIC GOSPELS
Text by Richard S. Field, 27 pp., fully illustrated, in English
The essay in this catalogue examines seventy-three blocks designed by Antonio Tempesta for the Evangelium Sanctum Domini nostri Jesu Christis, the first complete Western appearance of the four canonical Gospels written in Arabic.
BEFORE THE KING JAMES BIBLE
Text by Laura Light and Sandra Hindman, 103 pp., fully illustrated, in English
This catalogue explains the pre-history of the King James Bible, “the book that changed the world,” with a complete introduction and short essays on thirty-seven manuscripts (organized in five different categories). TEXT MANUSCRIPTS vol. 2
BINDING AND THE ARCHEOLOGY OF THE MEDIEVAL AND RENAISSANCE BOOK
Text by Sandra Hindman and Ariane Bergeron-Foote, 88 pp., fully illustrated, in English
This catalogue includes an introduction, essays, a glossary, and a complete bibliography on manuscripts with original bindings. TEXT MANUSCRIPTS vol. 1
PRIMER 5: NEOGOTHIC
Text by Sandra Hindman with Laura Light, fully illustrated, in English
This Primer provides short introduction to a complex subject: how artists, scribes, and publishers in France, England, Germany, and the United States used the remote medieval past to articulate aesthetic principles in the book arts at the dawn of the modern era. We cover the period from about 1840 to about 1920. Although there are thirteen examples in this Primer, many include more than one work.
PRIMER 6: MANUSCRIPT PRODUCTION
Text by Richard H. Rouse (University of California) and Laura Light, 36 pp., fully illustrated, in English
“Manuscript Production,” the sixth volume in our series of “Primers,” addresses the most basic questions: how were manuscripts made? who made them? and even (in one case), how long did it take? None of these questions are necessarily easy to answe, but, as is shown here, the first step toward an answer involves careful study of manuscripts as material artifacts.
PRIMER 4: BESTSELLERS
Text by Pascale Bourgain (Ecole des Chartes) and Laura Light, 36 pp., fully illustrated, in English
“Bestsellers,” the fourth volume in our series of “Primers,” assembles a group of manuscripts that survive in many hundreds of copies to explore the idea of the medieval “bestseller.” Medieval “bestsellers” were the texts considered truly important, and thus preferentially copied, during the Middle Ages. The texts in this collection include some that are still read today, alongside others, of equal significance, that are hardly known even to scholars and almost certainly seldom read.