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Medieval Manuscript Production in the Latin West

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Eltjo Buringh

This study presents detailed information on the book production per century and on the uses of medieval manuscripts in eleven areas of the Latin West. Based on a sample from an extensive library and on additional information the numbers of manuscripts surviving from the period 500 – 1500 have been assessed statistically. Other data have been used to quantify the loss rates of such books in the Latin West. Combining both sets of data allowed the estimation of the medieval production rates of manuscripts. Book production during the Middle Ages can be seen as a century-average indicator of local economic output. With a number of explanatory variables (monasteries, universities) the medieval book production in the Latin West can be adequately explained.
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Rheinau Abbey's Medieval and Early Modern Manuscripts
Medieval Manuscripts (RAL-1)
This extraordinary collection comprises medieval manuscripts from the former Benedictine Abbey of Rheinau in the Swiss canton of Zurich.

This collection is also included in the Rheinau Abbey's Medieval and Early Modern Manuscripts collection.
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Koert van der Horst

Of all the illuminated and decorated manuscripts in the UL-Utrecht, all miniatures with identifiable subjects are illustrated and indexed, along with a choice of the minor decorations. Over 65 manuscripts are illuminated in Utrecht, the most important centre of book production in the Netherlands during the late Middle Ages.
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Jos Biemans

J os A . A . M . B iemans Some thoughts on the cataloguing of medieval manuscripts To write about the cataloguing of medieval manuscripts could soon become stating the obvious and carrying coals to Newcastle: so much has been written about it, both on the theoretical aspects and the actual

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A plan for computer assisted codicography of medieval manuscripts 1. INTRODUCTION1,2 In the Masai-Festschrift, Dr. K. W. Humphreys wrote (Hum 79): 'There is a movement towards co-operation in the whole field of manuscript studies'. In the literature there are many indications pointing in this

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Anne S. Korteweg

Translator Cisca van Heertum

The border decoration in medieval manuscripts which goes under the name of pen flourishing or penwork reached great artistic heights in the northern Netherlands in the fifteenth century. 1 This simple type of decoration, executed in pen and coloured ink, achieved a richness of form, an

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Jos van Heel

van Westreenen van Tiellandt (1783-1848), who upon his death left his house, collections, and fortune to the Dutch state. The core of this closed collection consists of 1,500 early printed books and 250 medieval manuscripts as well as later manuscripts and printed works, together with a large

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Ilse Korthagen

free woman in the world. I have my responsibilities in this community and my day has the same number of hours in it as anyone else’s’. 21 For this reason it was important to carefully plan her work. Anne Korteweg, former curator of medieval manuscripts at the Dutch National Library and a source of

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Tammo Wallinga

to the Authenticum in a medieval manuscript, it is by no means certain that the author of the allegatio actually read the full version of the text he refers to, even if the style of the allegatio seems to imply that he did. Knowing in what intricate ways manuscripts were provided with authenticae and