Rare Book School
Preliminary Reading List
Please familiarize yourself with some of these works and online resources—there is a lot of overlap, and some of the printed sources might not be readily available outside of libraries (in which case, focus on the online resources). If possible, please also bring a laptop for class exercises and homework.
- Marshall, Hilary. Palaeography for family and local historians. Chichester, England: Phillimore, 2004. Introductory material.
- McKerrow, R.B. “A note on Elizabethan handwriting,” An introduction to bibliography (Oxford, 1928), pp. 341-50, reprinted in Philip Gaskell, A new introduction to bibliography (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1972), 361-67.
- Petti, Anthony. English literary hands from Chaucer to Dryden. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 1977. Introduction.
- Preston, Jean and Laetitia Yeandle. English handwriting, 1400-1650: an introductory manual. Binghamton, NY, 1992. Introduction. [contact Mario Di Cesare, Pegasus Press, 101 Booter Road, Fairview, NC 28730 or email to obtain a copy].
- Tannenbaum, Samuel A. The handwriting of the Renaissance. New York: Columbia University Press, 1930.
- English Handwriting, 1500-1700: an online course. Faculty of English, University of Cambridge.
- Medieval and early modern paleography online seminar series. David Postles, University of Leicester.
- Online tuition in the palaeography of Scottish documents, 1500-1750. The Scottish Archive Network Ltd., 2003.
- Palaeography: reading old handwriting 1500-1800, a practical online tutorial. National Archives, Kew (formerly the Public Record Office).