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  • Paperback: 356 pages
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press (12 April 1990)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0521367263
  • ISBN-13: 978-0521367264
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 2.5 x 22.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 218,679 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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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By E. L. Wisty TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 10 Jan. 2014
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This work attempts to present the varieties of hand written Latin script from antiquity to 1500, however the diagrams and plates are not very well presented. Accompanying the main text, the given alphabets are often not easy to interpret - it wouldn't have been hard to have a printed modern letter next to each script letter rather than assume that the reader can interpret. It becomes even worse and incredibly confusing when there are alternative versions for letters and ligatures. Some scripts are not even complete, for example the wax tablet script. Are we to assume that the letters not given will be the same as rustic capitals? It simply doesn't say.

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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Very detailed reference book recommended by many
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very Useful for Palaeographers 27 Sept. 1999
By Mr. Gary Dykes - Published on Amazon.com
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Bischoff is one of the greatest and ablest scholars for such a work. The volume's 289 pages gives a good overall picture of the Latin scripts in the period covered. Very good facsimiles of actual manuscripts accent the text. Though not acid free (apparently), the paper is very fine and the paperback seems sturdy. It has all of the necessary indexes, including MSS referred to, but no index of Latin terms within the text. Bischoff could have devoted more space to ligatures and tachyography at least the topic is not ignored. The representations of the various scripts are clear, and the volume is well referenced. It is most likely the best text on Latin palaeography for this period of Latin. The price is also right. Mr. Gary S. Dykes (Sept. 1999)
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Former Textbook? 11 Jun. 2014
By Morrighan - Published on Amazon.com
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Excellent! This text of Latin Paleography covers all areas that any student or Instructor would require. It is so all inclusive that it could be the foundation of a class in Paleography on it's own! The text reminds us of the changes in Latin from Classical Latin to Medieval.
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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5.0 out of 5 stars Good Introduction 9 Oct. 2013
By Barbara L. - Published on Amazon.com
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For those who want to learn more about paleography and have no reference about studies or authors, this is book was made for you. One of the first complete study about latin paleography since Antiquity until around 1500. With information about production, types of writing and a short cultural history of the book.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A useful book 8 Aug. 2012
By Maurice M. Bursey - Published on Amazon.com
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I bought this in preparation for looking at some medieval manuscripts, and found it quite helpful. There are some illustrations of different styles; more, or a guide to practice, would have been better.
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