Latin Palaeography: Antiquity and the Middle Ages Paperback – 12 Apr 1990
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' … the combination of new ideas, the comprehensive treatment, the rich notes and bibliography, all complemented by the extraordinary judgement which is the hallmark of Professor Bischoff's writing, make this handbook unequalled and unapproached in our present literature and a superb guide to further study.' Speculum
'Latin palaeography has received its vade mecum from its foremost representative.' Eranos
'I suspect that this may well be the last time that one scholar will be able to produce a survey of the state of the subject in a single volume on this scale, in which a wealth of material and discussion have been unified by the personal interpretation of one who has thought deeply and fruitfully about the subject for many years.' Beiträge zur Geschichte der deutschen Sprache und Literatur
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This work, by the greatest living authority on medieval palaeography, offers the most comprehensive and up-to-date account in any language of the history of Latin script. It also contains a detailed account of the role of the book in cultural history from antiquity to the Renaissance, which outlines the history of book illumination. Designed as a textbook, it contains a full and updated bibliography.
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There is a potentially useful section on abbreviations, but again, it is difficult to interpret and needs more examples. At the end of the book there are a number of facsimiles of manuscripts covering many styles, but many of these are very hard to read indeed and seem like poorly chosen examples. Part of each text is given a transcript on the opposite page, but even with this it is quite hard to read the original. It would have been better if the section transcribed had been blown up larger.
Frankly it's a poorly presented book, and could have been so much better,
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It reminds us, too, what an important part Latin played in many examples of literature from many authors, many places, and, obviously throughout time.
This is a text for students in many disciplines.
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