Author Topic: Exhibition at Yale's Beinecke Library on English Paleography 1500-1800 - Book!  (Read 839 times)

Offline AAAndrew

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For those who are interested in the history, paleography as well as tools, and the social/historical context around manuscripts and manuscript culture, there is an amazing new exhibition at Yale's Beinecke's Library. https://beinecke.library.yale.edu/subscribed

Unfortunately, because of recent events, very few will ever get to see it in person, but there is an amazing book published to go with the exhibit. I just received my copy yesterday and so far it is a wonderful resource. It's not cheap, but it's a once-in-a-lifetime kind of catalog. It has sections on tools, and on the types of scripts and even lessons with examples on how to read scripts from the periods in question.

They chose this period because it was a time where English scribes stopped importing scripts, developed their own, yet tools remained basically the same throughout.

As I read more, I may post more, but so far I've seen enough to know that it was a worthy purchase and I wanted to share this with you all.

The catalog. https://yalebooks.yale.edu/book/9780300254358/english-paleography-and-manuscript-culture-1500-1800

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They now have over 20 exhibition videos. I'm sure some of you will enjoy them.



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Thanks so much for the tip about this exhibit. I agree with your assessment, and I am eagerly awaiting the arrival of the book (I hope Yale UP is still shipping!)

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This looks absolutely fascinating. I love that one of the ways they communicated with each other was sending poems. Reminds me of our exchanges. Such a great overview of that time. What a shame to be closed so no one can see it in person right now. Thank you for sharing!
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