Parker on the Web 2.1 Launches. When Parker on the Web 2.0 launched in 2018, it was the culmination of a long-term development plan to host an international collaborative project on sustainable infrastructure at no cost to the user.
The engineering effort was immense, and that effort paid off: we saw a nearly 10-fold increase in visitors to the site, and the incorporation of IIIF functionality to the Parker manuscript content allowed the digital objects to be used in a myriad of new projects, from AI-driven initiatives like handwritten text recognition and feature recognition, to crowdsourcing transcription projects, and aggregation and reuse across multiple platforms.
While Parker 2.0 was a technical success, the intellectual content of the site - the painstakingly-crafted descriptive metadata produced in the late 2000s that drove Parker on the Web 1.0 - was not fully added to the new platform. What's New in 2.1? Feature Enhancements: Metadata Enhancements. Found: A Greasy Leftover Snack Inside a Rare Book - Gastro Obscura. Don’t judge a book by its cover—you might miss out on free, albeit fossilized, food.
Emily Dourish, deputy keeper of Rare Books and Early Manuscripts at the Cambridge University Library, was recently making rounds through the collection when she made a most unusual discovery. Wedged inside a Renaissance-era volume of Saint Augustine’s complete works sat a flat, decaying, dry, partially eaten snack—likely a cookie, or “some kind of fruit bun,” though Dourish admits that the treat was well past easy identification. Dourish had pulled the book off the shelf as part of an ongoing effort to add volume-specific details to listings in the library’s online catalog. The rare books collection, she writes in an email, contains about 1 million items, “so adding this information is something of a labour of love.” The art of prayer: A codicological analysis of two Academy manuscripts. One of the most beautiful treasures in the RIA Library is MS 12 R 31, a highly illuminated medieval Book of Hours, for Sarum Use, produced in Rouen in the mid-15th century.
The book features twenty-eight miniatures most of which were produced by the ‘Hoo Master’ with the exception of St Hildevert which was executed by the ‘Talbot Master’. In contrast, MS 12 R 35 is a late 14th century or early 15th century Augustinian missal of Italian provenance with considerably less decoration but with several brightly illustrated initial letters, pen-flourishing and rubrication throughout. These two medieval texts provide an opportunity for codicological analysis and comparison.
Codicology is a holistic approach to the study of books and manuscripts and is concerned with describing the book as a physical object or artefact, considering attributes like binding, format, decoration, and illustration. RIA MS 12 R 31, f.40. RIA MS 12 R 35, December Calendar. Binding RIA MS 12 R 31, binding. Page stood back to admire her stitch work. 'Pretty good', she thought. (This is an actual historic paper repair!) #ElfOnTheShelf2020 #MarshsElvesOnTheShelf #HistoricPaperRepair.
The Irish missionary St #Columba was born #OTD in 521. The 10th-century Book of Deer - probably the earliest surviving book produced in #Scotland - is associated with a monastery founded by Columba. Here we see Christ surrounded by angels, #Zoom-style. Der naturen bloeme, Jacob van Maerlant. A little manuscript in disarray: Add. 4085 – Cambridge University Library Special Collections. This guest post is by Suzette van Haaren, a PhD student at the Universities of St Andrews and Groningen.
She is writing her dissertation on the effects of digitisation for the reproduction, perception and preservation of medieval manuscripts. Follow her on Twitter @suzettevhaaren. Though at first glance CUL MS Add. 4085 does not look like anything unusual, this little psalter manuscript may be the strangest book I have ever worked with. Nothing is out of the ordinary with its beautifully executed decorations or pen work initials that lace the text throughout, nor is there anything remarkable about its text per sé.
British Library Add MS 74236 Missal ('The Sherborne Missal') Digitized items. Irish Script On Screen - Meamram Páipéar Ríomhaire. Great Canterbury Psalter. Thanks to the patronage of The Polonsky Foundation, the Bibliothèque nationale de France (BnF) and the British Library have established an unprecedented partnership in the field of medieval manuscripts. 400 manuscripts held by the BnF, and 400 held by the British Library were selected because of their importance for the history of French and English relations in the Middle Ages, as well as for their artistic, historical or literary value.
Hol(e)y Moly!: Historical Damage and Repairs in Medieval Manuscripts. Figure 1: An early illustration of a parchment maker preparing the surface of the skin with a lunellum, or rounded knife.
Detail from Msc. Patr. 5, folio 1r, around 1150. Decades of manuscript photography on Digital.Bodleian – The Conveyor. From Andrew Dunning, R.W.
Hunt Curator of Medieval Manuscripts Digital.Bodleian is the online home for Oxford’s special collections in the Bodleian and college libraries. Although it is still relatively new – with a second version coming later this year – it encompasses decades’ worth of photography projects. Many of Oxford’s medieval manuscripts are represented in some form, but only a portion of these have a full set of high-resolution images such as the Bodleian studio can now produce. This sometimes means that you can find multiple versions of the same manuscript. Historical images of manuscripts can be useful to researchers trying to determine what an item looked like in the past or aiming to understand the history of its interpretation.
Between the late 1970s and early 2000s, the Bodleian published manuscript photographs on film. These collections focus on illuminated or decorated books, and were produced either for a particular manuscript or around a theme. The Oxford Research Centre in the Humanities. Oxford Medieval Studies is one of the largest forums in the world for interdisciplinary research on the Middle Ages, bringing together over 200 academics and a large body of graduate students.
The period of a thousand years from c.500 to c.1500 saw huge social change, political upheaval, technological revolution, intellectual debate, and artistic innovation across Europe and the wider world. In Oxford, medieval studies link disciplines such as Archaeology; Art History; Byzantine Studies; Classics; English; History; European, Middle- and Far-Eastern languages; Music; Philosophy; Theology and Religion; and work with heritage sites and institutions such as the Ashmolean Museum and the Bodleian Library.
It also offers an interdisciplinary Master’s degree in Medieval Studies. If you are interested in receiving regular updates for Medieval Studies at Oxford, register here for the mailing list. Download here the current Medieval Studies booklet (Summer 2020). Medieval Studies Postholders. Medieval History of Art. Edited by Róisín Astell, with contributions from Dr Ada Hajdu (New Europe College - Institute for Advanced Study, Bucharest), Emeric Rigault (Université Toulouse-Jean Jaurès - Université de Poitiers), Dr Beate Fricke (University of Bern), and Celia Mills (MEMS, University of Kent).
To Help Get Started Glossary of Medieval Art and Architecture - a concise glossary of various terms pertaining to medieval art and architecture. Holcomb, Melanie, (ed.) Pen and Parchment: Drawing in the Middle Ages (Metropolitan Museum of Art, 2009) Available online. A Global Middle Ages through the Pages of Decorated Books. Facsimile of the Dresden Codex (detail), 13th or 14th century, made in the Yucatan Peninsula, Mexico (Dresden, Germany, Saxon State Library, Mscr.Dresd.
R 310. Memories, manuscripts and medieval ink. How often we say 'Send me a note' or even 'Text me'. It all seems so easy. Carrara Herbal - caption: 'Violet plant' Even more digitised manuscripts - Medieval manuscripts blog. Long-term readers of this Blog may be aware that we periodically publish lists of our digitised manuscripts. Our last one was published in July 2018 and the wait for a new one is over — here are up-to-date lists of manuscript hyperlinks to make it easier for you to explore our amazing digitised treasures. Cause for celebration! Musicians and a dog play music and rejoice in a decorated initial at the opening of Psalm 80 (81), 13th-century Psalter, eastern England: Lansdowne MS 431, f. 64v (detail) There are now 2,535 Ancient, Medieval and Early Modern manuscripts on our Digitised Manuscripts website and more being added all the time. For a full list of what is currently available, please see this PDF: Download Full list digitised MSS June 2019.
Well, someone really liked to draw flowers all over Benito Fernández's catechism in Mixtec (1568) while reading it. #missionarylinguistics #bookhistory #indigenouslanguages #earlymodern #print. Object moved. English Manuscript Illumination. Manuscripts reflect the creativity of artists and scribes, and the resources of their patrons. Kathleen Doyle and Eleanor Jackson outline the development of book art in early medieval England. The Insular Period Anglo-Saxon England produced books of remarkable beauty and sophistication. ODL.