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Dot Porter, Curator, Digital Research Services at the University of Pennsylvania Library, offers a video orientation to Penn Library’s LJS 189,  Zakhīrah-ʹi Khvārazmshāhī, by Ismāʻīl ibn Ḥasan Jurjānī. The manuscript was written in Persia in the 14th century, in Persian. It is a medical encyclopedia in 9 books, with discussions of physiology, anatomy, pathology, diagnosis, fevers, specific […]

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A N G L A N D I C U S: Massive Scribal Hangovers: One Ninth Century Confession

A N G L A N D I C U S: Massive Scribal Hangovers: One Ninth Century Confession One Irish ninth century copy of a Latin grammar, the Institutiones grammaticae by Priscian (c. 500), contains alongside the usual prayers and complaints a curious marginal gloss in ogham script. Ogham script was used by the Irish possibly as […]

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The conservation of two late medieval Hebrew manuscripts – Collection Care blog

The conservation of two late medieval Hebrew manuscripts – Collection Care blog Two Hebrew manuscripts in their original bindings came to the conservation studio as part of our conservation program. Both texts contain the work of Abraham bar Hiyya (d. 1136) who was a medieval Spanish philosopher, mathematician and astronomer.  Left pastedown before conservation showing […]

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Hugging a Medieval Book

Hugging a Medieval Book Medieval makers of manuscripts paid just as much attention to closing the book as they did to opening it. In order to preserve the organic pages, which were often made of parchment, it was necessary to keep the volume tightly closed when it was not used. Not only did this keep moisture out, […]

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Revolutionary Uses for Sheet Music

Revolutionary Uses for Sheet Music This book is part of a collection at the Charleston Library Society of Huguenot books and papers , which range from medieval manuscripts to mid-18th Century religious publications. This book happens to be a combination of both. Creative re-use! 

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Modeling History: Making a Stiff-Board Parchment Binding with a Slotted Spine

Modeling History: Making a Stiff-Board Parchment Binding with a Slotted Spine A unique feature of this binding is the juxtaposition of the parchment and alum-tawed skin used to cover the book’s spine. Slots cut in the parchment across the spine reveal the alum-tawed skin patches covering the sewing supports. It is a combination with structural […]

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Medieval Manuscripts Alive

Medieval Manuscripts Alive Hear the pages of centuries-old books come to life in a new series featuring expert speakers reading the languages of the Middle Ages

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When is a Book not a Book? The Medieval Book Shrine.

When is a Book not a Book? The Medieval Book Shrine. While browsing images of medieval treasure bindings, I noticed that one example I was looking at was not actually a book at all. In fact, it was an ornamented wooden case made to closely resemble a book

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How to Handle Books, 1345

How to Handle Books, 1345 “For it behoves us to guard a book much more carefully than a boot.” See also: