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A Guide to Western Historical Scripts from Antiquity to 1600 Paperback – Illustrated, 1 Nov 1999


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  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: British Library Publishing Division; 2nd Revised edition edition (1 Nov 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0712303073
  • ISBN-13: 978-0712303071
  • Product Dimensions: 21.7 x 1.2 x 27.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 276,691 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'What the book represents, in essence, is a mini correspondence course in palaeography. ... In a clear and coherent manner, moreover, Brown describes the function of various national hands and how they developed one from the other. ...An untrained student or interested researcher might use the texts and transcriptions as a means of developing expertise before embarking on a program of research' Epilogue/Epilogue 'It is a pleasure to read so successful a popularizing account, accurate, well-balanced and succinct, together with an excellent selection of illustrations from the famous as well as the less familiar of the surviving Anglo-Saxon manuscripts.' Times Literary Supplement "The book should be in the hands of every classicist ...It has no rival here or abroad.' Bryn Mawr Classical Review --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Michelle P. Brown is a curator of Western Manuscripts in the British Library and author of several books, including A Guide to Western Historical Scripts and The Book of Cerne. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Ms. M. M. Toledo-candelaria on 27 Nov 2010
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Michelle P. Brown provides with an expert, insightful summary of the main scripts found from the demise of the Roman Empire (400 AD) until the invention of the press. Each script is carefully systematized and the introduction clearly explains the technical terms for those who are not very familiar with palaeography. Most importantly, it has excellent plates that the author uses to explain the features she points out in her summary. If there is something negative to say about the book is that it should contain more colour plates of each script. I find this book to be indispensable for any palaeography class.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Clifton on 9 Aug 2014
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A good book for starting a study of historical scripts. It gives examples of each type of text, a description of it and where it fits in with other scripts plus the transcription of the example in modern typescript. I would have been nice to have a translation as well to hint at e what sort of use each text was used for. It gives the sources of the examples and helpful comments drawing the reader's attention to interesting details or variations.
This is not really a book to read 'cover-to-cover', more one to allow interested people to focus in on scripts of any particular time span that they want to explore more. There is a good select bibliography.
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By C. Gadsden on 11 Nov 2014
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An indispensable aid - excellent!
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Paleographer's Best Friend 5 Sep 2011
By tad - Published on Amazon.com
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Michelle Brown has gathered examples from just about all of the Classical, Late Antique, and medieval Latin book-hands, from the extremely difficult-to-decipher Roman cursive to the all-too-clear Caroline Minuscule. Good introductions are offered for each script as well as copious notes on scribal errors/alterations, distinctive traits, and decorative elements. Each example displays a plate of a particular script on the right-hand page and a description/identification on the left. Also, there is a brief transcription (about 15-20 lines) on the left with all the words separated and the abbreviations expanded. Subject matter ranges from Virgil to biblical passages, with many things in-between. This is a must have for the student taking a paleography course or just interested in medieval book culture. Also recommended: Barbara Shailor, the Medieval Book.
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Intro to Latin (and other western) scripts 3 July 2013
By A Latinist, Ciceronian, and student - Published on Amazon.com
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This book provides essential background of the various Latin scripts (as well as others), and excellent examples. The transcriptions of portions of the samples enables readers to practice reading the scripts while having the proper transcription acailable for consultation.
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