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Paleography

Statuti della Mercanzie

Florence. Mercanzia. Statuti della Mercanzie, et Università de mercanti della città di Firenze. Florence, 1580. Vault Case MS folio H 5435 .312.

Introduction

Paleography is the study of the history of handwriting, examining the script that appears in historical books, manuscripts, documents, artwork, and any other inscribed objects. Paleography often seeks to contextualize the practice of such writing by examining the materiality, production, and dissemination of written artifacts with respect to their original culture and era.

The Newberry has a strong collection of material that supports paleographical research. This includes myriad historical documents and manuscripts in French, Latin, German, Spanish, and English; the Newberry also collects many reference sources relevant to researching, deciphering, and interpreting examples of handwriting or script.

In addition to the resources available in its collection, the Newberry has a long tradition of training scholars in Paleography through its Summer Paleography Institutes, which offer training for reading texts in several different languages. More information on these institutes can be found here.

You can use this research guide for information on Reference Sources (print), Journals and Periodicals, Publications about the Newberry Library Collections, Manuscript Collections, Digital Resources, and Collections at Other Institutions.

 

Reference Sources (print)

General Reference for Paleography (in English):

Brown, Michelle P. A Guide to Western Historical Scripts from Antiquity to 1600. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 1990. Location: General Collection 2nd floor. Call number: Wing folio Z113 .B76 1990.

Derolez, Albert. The Palaeography of Gothic Manuscript Books: From the Twelfth to the Early Sixteenth Century. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press, 2003. Location: General Collection 2nd floor. Call number: Wing Z106.5 .E85 D47 2003.

Lancaster, John. Writing Medieval Scripts. North Pomfret, VT: David & Charles Inc., 1988. Location: General Collection 2nd floor. Call number: Wing folio Z43 .L362 1988.

Minert, Roger P. Deciphering Handwriting in German Documents: Analyzing German, Latin, and French in Historical Manuscripts. 2nd ed. GRT Publications, 2013. Location: Local & Family History Reference 2nd floor. Call number: LHR Z115 .G4 M56 2013.

Sirat, Colette. Writing as Handwork: A History of Handwriting in Mediterranean and Western Culture. Bibliologia 24. Turnhout, Belgium: Brepols, 2006. Location: General Collection 2nd floor. Call number: Z40 .S56 2006.

General Reference for Manuscripts (in English):

Clemens, Raymond. Introduction to Manuscript Studies. Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 2007. Location: Reference 3rd floor; Special Collections Reference 4th floor. Call number: Ref Z105 .C58 2007b; Case Ref Z105 .C58 2007.

Brown, Michelle P. Understanding Illuminated Manuscripts: A Guide to Technical Terms. Malibu, CA: J. Paul Getty Museum, 1994. Location: General Collection 2nd floor. Call number: ND2889 .B76 1994.

English Paleography/Manuscript Studies

Beal, Peter (ed.) New Texts and Discoveries in Early Modern English Manuscripts. English Manuscript Studies, 1100-1700, 13. London: British Library, 2007. Location: General Collection 2nd floor. Call number: Z115 .E5 E55 1989 v. 13.

Kerby-Fulton, Kathryn. Opening Up Middle English Manuscripts: Literary and Visual Approaches. Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 2012. Location: General Collection 2nd floor. Call number: folio Z106.5 .G7 K47 2012.

McLaughlin, Eve. Reading Old Handwriting. 2nd ed. Birmingham, England: FFHS, 1987. Location: General Collection 2nd floor. Call number: Z115 .E5 M35 1987.

Munby, Lionel M. Reading Tudor and Stuart Handwriting. Salisbury, England: British Association for Local History, 2002. Location: Local & Family History Reference 2nd floor. Call number: Local History Reference Z115 .E5 M85 2002.

French Paleography

Audisio, Gabriel. Lire le français d’hier: manuel de paléographie moderne XVe-XVIIIe siècle. Paris: A. Colin, 1991. Location: General Collection 2nd floor. Call number: Z115 .F7 A9 1991.

Bischoff, Bernhard. Paléographie de l’antiquité Romaine et du Moyen Age occidental. Paris: Picard, 1985. Location: General Collection 2nd floor. Call number: Wing Z107 .B574 1985.

Gasparri, Francoise. Introduction à l’histoire de l’écriture. Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium: Brepols, 1994. Location: General Collection 2nd floor. Call number: Wing Z40 .G275 1994.

Poulle, Emmanuel. Paléographie des écritures cursives en France du 15e au 17e siècle. Recueil de fac-similés de documents parisiens avec leur transcription, précédé d’une introduction. Genève: Droz, 1966. Location: General Collection 2nd floor. Call number: folio Z 1 .709.

Prou, Maurice. Manuel de paléographie latine et franc̦aise. Paris: A. Picard, 1924. Location: General Collection 2nd floor. Call number: Z 1 .716.

Italian/Latin Paleography

Bischoff, Bernhard. Latin Palaeography: Antiquity and the Middle Ages. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1990. Location: General Collection 2nd floor. Call number: Wing Z114 .B5713 1990.

Boyle, Leonard E. Medieval Latin Paleography: A Bibliographic Introduction. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 1984. Location: General Collection 2nd floor. Call number: Z106 .B69 1984.

(Also a version in Italian, 1999. Location: General Collection 2nd floor. Call number: Z106 .B6916 1999.)

Capelli, Adriano. Lexicon abbreviaturarum: dizionario di abbreviature latine ed italiane usate nelle carte e codici specialmente del Medio-Evo, riprodotte con oltre 14000 segni incisi, con l’aggiunta di uno studio sulla brachigrafia medioevale, un prontuario di sigle epigrafiche, l’antica numerazione romana ed arabica ed i segni indicanti monete, pesi, misure, etc. Manueli Hoepli. Milan: Hoepli, 1985. Location: Reference 3rd floor. Call number: Wing Z111 .C24 1961.

Pelzer, Auguste. Abréviations latines médiévales: supplément au Dizionario di abbreviature latine ed italiane de Adriano Cappelli. 3rd ed. Beauvechain [Belgium]: Editions Nauwelaerts, 1995. Location: Reference 3rd floor. Call number: Ref Z111 .C243 1995.

Petrucci, Armando. Breve storia della scrittura latina. Roma: Bagatto Libri, 1989. Location: General Collection 2nd floor. Call number: Wing Z114 .P4.

Spanish Paleography

Carlin, A. Roberta. A Paleographic Guide to Spanish Abbreviations, 1500-1700 = una guía paleográfica de abreviaturas Españolas. Henderson, NV: A.R. Carlin, 1999. Location: General Collection 2nd floor. Call number: Z111 .C37 1999.

Cortes Alonso, Vincenta. La escritura y lo escrito: paleografía y diplomática de España y América en los siglos XVI y XVII. Madrid: Ediciones Cultura Hispánica, 1986. Location: General Collection 2nd floor. Call number: Wing folio Z115 .S7 C67.

Millares Carlo, Augustin. Tratado de paleografía española. 3rd ed. Madrid: Espasa-Calpe, S.A., 1983. Location: General Collection 2nd floor. Call number: folio Z115 .S7 M64 1983.

 

Journals and Periodicals

Revue d’histoire des textes. Paris: Editions du Centre national de la recherche scientifique. Articles in English or French. Library holdings include intermittent volumes, 1971-2018. Location: General Collection 2nd floor. Call number: F 39 .0071.

Scriptorium. Gand: E. Story-Scientia. Articles in English, French, German, or Italian. Includes indices. Library holdings include intermittent volumes, 1946-2016. Location: General Collection 2nd floor. Call number: Z 1 .008.

Codices manuscripti & impressi. Articles in German and English. Library holdings include intermittent volumes, 2013-2015. Location: General Collection 2nd floor. Call number: Z6602 .C63.

Archivio Paleografico Italiano. Bullettino dell’Archivio paleografico italiano. Library holdings include intermittent volumes, 1908-1964. Location: General Collection 2nd floor. Call number: Z 1 .0036.

Litterae caelestes: rivista annuale internazionale di paleografia, codicologia, diplomatica e storia delle testimonianze scritte. Most articles are in Italian; some are in English and French. Library holdings include 2005-2017. Location: General Collection 2nd floor. Call number: Z108 .L58.

 

Publications about the Newberry Library Collections

The library has several published and unpublished works that list and discuss the manuscripts in its collection. A list of publications concerning Medieval and Renaissance manuscripts at the Newberry can be accessed here.  Paleographers focusing in manuscripts may find these publications helpful.

 

Manuscript Collections

The Newberry has many manuscript collections that include handwritten documents. A curated list of these collections can be found in the European Manuscript research guides for pre-1500 manuscripts and post-1500 manuscripts. These documents may be relevant to some paleographical research.

 

Digital Resources

Latin Paleography

Cappelli, Dizionario di Abbreviature Latini ed Italiani (Milan, 1912) - click on the abbreviations to link to scans of the original pages

Medieval Palaeography, West Sussex Records Council

Paléographie latine, by Franz Steffens (Trèves, Paris, 1910)

English Paleography

DigiPal: Digital Resource and Database of Palaeography, Manuscripts, and Diplomatic, Department of Digital Humanities at Kings College London

Early Modern Palaeography, West Sussex Records Council

English Handwriting 1500-1700, An Online Course, University of Cambridge

English Script Tutorial, BYU

Folgerpedia Online Resources for Early Modern English Paleography

Medieval Writing, Dr. Dianne Tillotson

Palaeography: Reading Old Handwriting, 1500 - 1800: A Practical Online Tutorial

Paleography Interactive Tutorial, National Archives

French Paleography

Cours de paléographie, Eric Camille Voirin

French Renaissance Paleography, a Newberry Library Project

Manuel de paléographie latine et française du IVe au XVVIIe siècle, Maurice Prou, 1890

Ménestrel Paléographie

Theleme Techniques pour l’Historien en Ligne: Études, Manuels, Esercices, École Nationale des Chartes

Italian Paleography

Bibliography for Resources in Italian Paleography, compiled by Armando Petrucci and Franca Petrucci Nardelli

Courses in Paleography and Archival Studies with the Medici Archive Project, fee-based courses with both online elements and onsite training in Florence

Italian Paleography Workbook, by Armando Petrucci and Franca Petrucci Nardelli (PDF)

Italian Script Tutorial, BYU

Spanish Paleography

Curso de Paleografía Latino Hispanoamericana, Víctor Hugo Arévalo Jordán

Some Printed Archive Catalogs for Early Modern Spain, Carla Rahn Phillips, University of Minnesota, 2005

Spanish Dictionaries, Paleography Manuals, and Related Studies: A Selected Bibliography, Carla Rahn Phillips, University of Minnesota, 2005

Spanish Paleography Tool, CUNY Dominican Studies Institute

Manuscript Resources

Browse Images of Manuscripts, Bodleian Library

Digitized Manuscripts Containing Middle English, University of Michigan

DMMapp - Digitized Medieval Manuscripts App

E-Codices, Virtual Manuscript Library of Switzerland

Early Manuscripts at Oxford University

Electronic Resources: Paleography and Codicology, UC Berkeley

 

Collections at Other Institutions

Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Yale University
http://beinecke.library.yale.edu/collections/highlights/english-paleography

University of California, Berkeley
http://medieval.berkeley.edu/resources/electronic/paleography-and-codicology

University of Notre Dame
http://libguides.library.nd.edu/medieval-studies/medieval-studies-paleography-collection