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Medieval and Renaissance (Special Collections): Books, Libraries, & Languages

This guide contains resources about science, religion, arts, and travel in the Middle Ages.

Rare Books and Primary Sources

15th century: Incunabula typographica (A descriptive catalogue of the books printed in the fifteenth century (1460-1500) in the library of Henry Walters.) Z240 .W24

Facsimiles and Reproductions


8th The Leningrad Bede (Bede's Ecclesiastical history, with a 36-page introduction that discusses Northumbrian paleography.) Z115GR .E3 v.2

16th-17th Type specimen facsimiles (Several posters showing type from early printers, with a booklet that provides commentary.) Folio: Z250 .D75

English and Other

 Sample of Henry V's handwriting
Sample of Henry V's handwriting

13th Facsimile of the sketch-book of Wilars de Honecort (Primarily about architecture, but includes a discussion of book construction.) NA1053.V6 A3

13th The Lambeth Apocalypse (Volume 2 discusses paleography.) BS2822.5.L35 M67 1990

15th Universal classic manvscripts (Brief documents in the hands of royal, historical, literary and other famous people, with transcriptions and notes.) Oversize: Z42.B86 F2

Latin and Other

16th Index auctorum, et librorum (A list of prohibited books.) Z1020 .I559 1980

16th Bibliotheca universalis und Appendix (The first attempt to create a complete list of all printed books.) Oversize: Z1012 .G4 1966

Modern Books

14th The Peterborough psalter in Brussels and other Fenland manuscripts (346 illustrations comparing the characteristics of various examples of Gothic illumination.) Oversize: ND3357.A1 S3

14th The Auchinleck manuscript (The introduction describes the production and contents, before offering sepia photographs of the manuscript.) Oversize: PR1203 .A9 1977

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