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Preliminary Reading List

M-20. Introduction to Western Codicology

Albert Derolez


Preliminary Advices

Please read the following before coming to class:

  1. Shailor, Barbara A. The medieval book: catalogue of an exhibition at the Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Yale University (New Haven: Yale University Library, 1988; also available in pb).
  2. Clemens, Raymond and Timothy Graham. Introduction to Manuscript Studies. (Ithaca & London: Cornell University Press, 2007). Chapters 1 (pp. 3–17), 5 (pp. 71–81) and 9 (pp. 129–134).
  3. For students with insufficient paleographical training: intensive study of the plates and transcriptions of the script samples in the book by Clemens and Graham, cited above (starting with Carolingian script).