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Latin Palaeography: Academic Year 2018-19

Convenors: Prof David Lines and Dr Marta Celati

Classes will be held on Thursdays, 3-4.30pm in H4.50 (unless otherwise stated)

Some fundamental bibliography:


Michelle Brown, A Guide to Western Historical Scripts from Antiquity to 1600 (Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 1990).

Curt F. Bühler, The Fifteenth-Century Book: The Scribes, the Printers, the Decorators (Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 1960).

Christopher De Hamel, Scribes and Illuminators (Toronto and Buffalo: University of Toronto Press, 1992).

Karl Löffler, Einführung in die Handschriftenkunde, neu bearbeitet von Wolfgang Milde, Bibliothek des Buchwesens 11, rev. ed. (Stuttgart : A. Hiersemann, 1997; first published in 1929).

Marilena Maniaci, Archeologia del manoscritto: metodi, problemi, bibliografia recente (Roma : Viella, 2002).

Malcolm Parkes, Pause and Effect: An Introduction to the History of Punctuation in the West (Aldershot, 1992).

Stanley Morrison, Politics and Script: Aspects of Authority and Freedom in the Development of Greco-Latin Script from the Sixth Century B.C. to the Twentieth Century (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1972).

L.D. Reynolds and N.G. Wilson, Scribes and Scholars: A Guide to the Transmission of Greek and Latin Literature, 4th ed. (Oxford: Clarendon Press; New York: Oxford University Press, 2013).


Adriano Cappelli, 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., 7th ed. (Milan: Hoepli, 2011). Several copies available in the Library and in the Renaissance Centre, H4.50. For a PDF version, see here.

Auguste Pelzer, Abréviations latines médiévales: supplément au Dizionario di abbreviature latine ed italiane de Adriano Cappelli, 3rd ed. (Beauvechain [Belgium]: Editions Nauwelaerts, 1995).

Adriano Cappelli, Cronologia, cronografia e calendario perpetuo, 7th ed. (Milan: Hoepli, 2012).

Thomas Frenz, Abkürzungen: die Abbreviaturen der Lateinischen Schrift von der Antike bis zur Gegenwart (Stuttgart: Hiersemann, 2010).

Textbooks, Overviews, and Studies

Bernhard Bischoff, Latin Palaeography, transl. Daibhi O Croinin and David Ganz (Cambridge, 1989).

Leonard E. Boyle, Medieval Latin Palaeography: A Bibliographical Introduction, Toronto Medieval Bibliographies 8 (Toronto: University of Toronto Press, in Association with the Centre for Medieval Studies, 1984); also available as Paleografia latina medievale: introduzione bibliografica (Rome: Quasar, 1999).

Giorgio Cencetti, Paleografia latina (Rome: Jouvence, 1978, with rpts).

A[lbinia] C. De la Mare, The Handwriting of the Italian Humanists (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1973- [in progress]).

Albert Derolez, Codicologie des manuscrits en écriture humanistique sur parchemin, Bibliologia 5-6 (Turnhout : Brepols, 1984).

Palaeography, Manuscript Illumination and Humanism in Renaissance Italy: Studies in Memory of A.C. de la Mare, edited by Robert Black, Jill Kraye and Laura Nuvoloni (London: Warburg Institute, 2016).

Armando Petrucci, Breve storia della scrittura latina (Rome: Bagatto Libri, 1989).

Adelaide Ricci, Carta e penna: piccolo glossario di paleografia (Rome: Viella, 2014).

James Wardrop, The Script of Humanism: Some Aspects of Humanistic Script, 1460-1560 (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1963).

Journals and Series

-Codices manuscripti. Zeitschrift für Handschriftenkunde []

-Codicologica. (Litterae textuales)

-Revue d’Histoire des Textes

-Scriptorium []


Some Useful Web Resources


-AMARC Association for Manuscript and Archives in Research Collections []: ‘promotes the accessibility, preservation and study of manuscripts and archives in libraries and other research collections in Great Britain and Ireland. It brings together curators, researchers and all who share a scholarly interest in this field.’

Images and Illuminated Manuscripts

-The Digital Scriptorium []: an image database of medieval and renaissance manuscripts

-Mandragore, base iconographique du département des Manuscrits [ ]: iconographical database of the Bibliothèque nationale française’s Manuscript Department

Codicology and Palaeography

-Abbreviationes™: [for purchase]

-APICES Association Paléographique internationale Culture / Écriture / Société [ ]

-Ductus [ ] International Discussion Forum on Palaeography and Codicology

-Europa Humanistica [ ]: site (in progress) of the CNSRS; click on ‘Mains d’humanistes’ for examples of humanist script.

-Piccard-Online—Digital Presentation of Watermarks and their Use:

-Thélème: Techniques pour l’Historien en Ligne: Études, Manuels, Exercices []

-Page on Paleography of the Newberry Library (Chicago) []