New Exhibit at the Morgan Library & Museum:
"Johannes Gutenberg is the name most associated with the advent of the printed book, but William Caxton's contributions are essential as well," said Peggy Fogelman, acting director of the Morgan Library & Museum. "Prior to Caxton, English was a bewildering mix of dialects and styles. By making the key decision to print in a single dialect he helped regularize the language and began the process of standardization. The Morgan is fortunate to have a premier collection of Caxton material that brings to life his important story."
William Caxton spent more than thirty years in northern Europe representing English mercantile interests in the Burgundian Netherlands. He also served as a diplomat and translator and was an active author as well. In his role as publisher, he oversaw the production of more than 100 titles. These included short religious and reference books as well as major works of English literature.
At the time of his death, Caxton was one of only two printers active in England, but printing spread rapidly thereafter. His successor, Wynkyn de Worde, published approximately 750 works over the course of his career and by the 1550s, nearly 100 printers were working in London alone. As early as the mid-1700s, interest in England's literary past developed. Scholars worked to reconstruct the history of English printing, especially Caxton's role as its founder. His books became monuments to English literature and national pride, and book collectors began counting Caxtons in their collections as a mark of prowess and prestige. Through an entrepreneurial venture to introduce the new technology of printing to Britain, Caxton helped set English literature on the trajectory of increasing consumption, circulation, and influence that has continued to develop over the last five centuries. Pierpont Morgan, the Morgan's founder, saw Caxton and Gutenberg in the same light as he built his collection of the earliest printed books. Indeed, Morgan memorialized Caxton--not Gutenberg--in the celebrated ceiling mural adorning his landmark 1906 library. Today, the Morgan's Caxton collection is considered among the top three in the world...and the museum is the only institution to hold three Gutenberg Bibles.
All gallery talks and tours are free with museum admission; no tickets or reservations necessary. They are one hour in length and meet at the Benefactors Wall across from the coat check area.
FILM: Friday, June 19, 7 pm
Inspired by Geoffrey Chaucer's Canterbury Tales, the film follows a peasant squire who pretends to be a knight, along with his companions, in the world of medieval jousting. William competes in tournaments, winning accolades and acquiring friendships and romance along the way. Starring Heath Ledger (William Thatcher), Rufus Sewell (Count Adhemar), and Paul Bettany (Geoffrey Chaucer).
Exhibition-related films are free with museum admission. Advance reservations for Members only. Tickets are available at the Admission Desk on the day of the screening.
Organization and Sponsorship: This exhibition is generously made possible by the Acriel Foundation, the Sherman Fairchild Fund for Exhibitions, and the Zachs-Adam Family Fund.
Recataloguing of all Caxton imprints at the Morgan Library & Museum
Editing and Interpretation: Literatures of Medieval England
This three-day conference, held under the auspices of the Andrew Marvell Centre for Medieval and Early Modern Studies, will focus on three overlapping areas central to all text-based work on medieval literatures: the identification, editing, and interpretation of texts. Major attention will be given to Medieval English, especially Middle English prose, but Anglo-Norman and Latin materials will also be discussed, as will verse texts and book illustration.
Speakers include: Julia Boffey (Queen Mary, University of London); A. S. G. Edwards (University of Kent); Martha Driver (Pace University, New York); Erik Kooper (Universiteit Utrecht); William Marx (University of Wales; Trinity St David, Lampeter); Kari Anne Rand (Universitetet i Oslo); John Thompson (Queen's University, Belfast); and Ronald Waldron (Emeritus, King's College London).
Registration (including meals): £60 full fee; £40 for postgraduates
Booking: Please send the booking form (available at http://www2.hull.ac.uk/fass/english/news-and -events.aspx), with a cheque for the relevant amount made payable to 'The University of Hull', to Veronica O'Mara, Department of English, The University of Hull, Hull HU6 7RX
Registration Deadline -- with conference-arranged accommodation: 30 April 2015; without conference-arranged accommodation: 30 July 2015
The Review of English Studies Essay Prize
- Publication of the winning essay in the June 2016 issue of The Review of English Studies
- A cash prize of £250
- £250 worth of OUP books
- A free year's subscription to The Review of English Studies
How to enter: Visit http://www.oxfordjournals.org/page/6220/6 for entry guidelines and full details of the competition rules. Entries should be submitted through our online submission system. Go to http://www.oxfordjournals.org/page/6220/7 to access the system and submit your paper. The closing date for submissions is 30 June 2015.
Further details: For more information visit the RES Essay Prize webpage at http://www.oxfordjournals.org/page/6220/6 You can read past winning essays for FREE at http://www.oxfordjournals.org/page/6220/8.
30% online discount* on Insular Books: Vernacular manuscript miscellanies in late medieval Britain, ed. Margaret Connolly and Raluca Radulescu
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Private Lives of Print: The use and abuse of books 1450-1500
Online exhibition: https://exhibitions.lib.cam.ac.uk/incunabula/
This exhibition celebrates the conclusion of a five-year project, generously funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, to catalogue Cambridge University Library’s world-class collection of incunabula, books printed before 1501. It draws on the remarkable body of information amassed during the project about how the earliest printed books were received during the first hundred years of the press. Annotations, provenance, bindings and decoration provide rare and unexpected insights into the use and abuse of incunabula, and into the private lives of both printed books and their owners.
Langland Study Day: Worcester Cathedral, 19 September 2015
Five distinguished speakers discuss Langland and medieval life. Sessions will be held in King's School Theatre. Attendees should use nearby car parks and enter the Cathedral precinct on foot via Edgar Tower, Edgar Street, WR1 2LR.
10.00 Session 1: Introducing Piers Plowman
11.00 Session 2: The Literary Context of the Poem
Session 3: Medieval Music & Minstrelsy (live music)
Buffet lunch in the Cathedral Chapter House
Session 4: Medieval Monasticism
Session 5: The Life of Langland
Followed by discussion and questions to all speakers
16.45 Tea/Coffee available
Choral Evensong in the Cathedral (optional)
Tickets £30 to include tea/coffee and lunch are available from Worcester Live Box Office, tel. 01905 611427, Huntingdon Hall, Crowngate, Worcester WR1 3LD. Bookings are accepted until 12 September. For full details see the Cathedral website www.worcestercathedral.co.uk.
For disabled access contact the Cathedral, Tel. 01905 732900 - All profits after expenses go to Cathedral funds. A joint event of Worcester Cathedral - Autumn in Malvern Festival - International Piers Plowman Society.
The Ferrell-Vogüé Machaut Manuscript
Exceptional in so many ways and incomparably precious, the most hidden of Machaut's manuscripts is finally the most accessible, thanks to the extraordinary generosity of its owners.
The long-lost 'Codex Vogüé' has for generations been one of the most elusive of all great medieval illuminated manuscripts. Consisting entirely of the works of Guillaume de Machaut (c.1300-1377), it preserves almost all of his poetry and music. It dates from the author's lifetime, around 1370-72, and it is the largest and most comprehensive of several surviving manuscripts very probably made under Machaut's own supervision. The author himself evidently promoted the production of corrected manuscripts for presentation to members of the royal court of France. It has recently been discovered that the Codex Vogüé was owned by Jean, duc de Berry (1340-1416), no less, brother of Charles V and the most famous royal bibliophile of the Middle Ages. From him it passed to Gaston Fébus (1331-1391), comte de Foix, author of the celebrated Livre de chasse. He entrusted it in 1389 to Yolande de Bar (1365-1431), queen of Aragon, who never returned it. Instead, the manuscript entered the royal library of Aragon in Valencia, where it was recorded in 1417 in the possession of Alfonso the Magnanimous (1396-1458). By the mid-nineteenth century it was owned by the Vogüé family in France, who eventually sold it to Nathan Wildenstein (1851-1934). For seventy years it then vanished utterly from sight, one of the most mysterious and invisible monuments of medieval music and literature. Around 2000, it was acquired by the American collectors, James E. Ferrell and his wife Elizabeth J. Ferrell, who have placed it on deposit in the Parker Library at Corpus Christi College, Cambridge. It is a vast manuscript of royal luxury, 390 leaves of parchment, 314 mm. by 220 mm., illustrated with 118 enchanting miniatures by a workshop of court illuminators led by the Master of the Bible of Jean de Sy. They include pictures of gothic chivalry and romance, with mythology and natural history. Music is included on 235 pages of the manuscript, with almost the entire corpus of the ballades, lais and motets of Machaut, as well as his great polyphonic setting of the Mass, the four-part Messe de Nostre-Dame. The manuscript has never before been photographed in its entirety or reproduced in colour.
Vol. 1 introductory study (225 pages colour/mono), vol. 2 facsimile (789 full colour pages) on 150gsm matt art paper. Full size reproduction, hard bound in buckram, presented in hard slipcover.
Full price £560. Early bird discount (until 28 Feb) £470
The Morgan Library & Museum is pleased to announce the publication of Miracles in Miniature: The Art of the Master of Claude de France, by Roger S. Wieck with a contribution by Francisco H. Trujillo.
The Master of Claude de France was an illuminator active in the French city of Tours during the first two decades of the sixteenth century. He is named after two jewel-like manuscripts he painted for Queen Claude de France (1499-1524), first wife of King François I: a tiny Book of Hours (today owned by Heribert Tenschert) and an even tinier Prayer Book (today owned by the Morgan Library & Museum). Although we find traces of him possibly as early as 1498, he does not emerge as an independent artist until around 1508. He flourished in the second decade of the century -- when he illuminated the majority of his work, including the two codices for the queen -- and disappeared shortly after 1520. All told, his actual career lasted only a short dozen years. In that brief span,however, he created some of the most mesmerizing illuminations in France during the "last flowering" of the handwritten and hand-painted book.
Published on the occasion of the Morgan Library & Museum’s exhibition Miracles in Miniature: The Art of the Master of Claude de France (May 31 to September 15, 2014), this is the first major study on the artist’s oeuvre since Charles Sterling’s 1975 book that gave the illuminator his name. The study offers a survey of the painter’s roots and training, his career, and his denouement. Francisco Trujillo's study of the palettes of the Claude Master and of the two artists who trained or influenced him, Jean Bourdichon and Jean Poyer, offers fascinating scientific parallels to Roger Wieck's stylistic analysis. Including, in a final chapter, all the known works by the Claude Master and his followers, Miracles in Miniature will be the starting point for all future studies of the artist.
Published by The Morgan Library & Museum, New York
To order, please call 212-590-0394.
John Lydgate linked to Suffolk church graffiti
The Norfolk Medieval Graffiti Survey has been studying inscriptions at St Mary's Church, Lidgate, near Haverhill.
They are "90%" sure a newly-discovered graffito was made by poet John Lydgate (c 1370-1451), who had been vicar there.
Matthew Champion, from the project, said: "He was known for his witty puns and many of these are of that kind."
Lydgate, who became a monk in Bury St Edmunds and wrote The Lives of St Edmund and Fremund, is regarded as one of the most important and prolific medieval English writers with over 150,000 lines of verse attributed to him. Read the rest of the Guardian article ...
Shakespeare Folio Discovered in France
Dan Mosser's updated catalogue of pre-1500 Chaucer MSS and incunables now online
This edition omits the hundreds of images published on the Scholarly Digital Editions’ 2010 publication on CD-ROM, making it possible to provide the Catalogue free of charge on the Web. Verse items are hyperlinked to records in the Digital Index of Middle English Verse and, where images are available for watermarks to the Thomas L. Gravell Watermark Archive.
EBS-sponsored sessions, International Congress on Medieval Studies, May 14-17, 2015
1. A Library, a Saint, and a Rose (co-sponsored with the IRHT, Paris)
2. When is a scribe not a scribe?
3. Magical Agency: prayers, ritual, prophecy and prognostication
4. Stories about Books: evidence and the making of narrative
The first session is preplanned but the others are open for submissions. Please send abstracts (1-2 pp), letters of commitment, and a-v request forms (please access the form through www.wmich.edu/medieval) to Martha Driver not later (preferably earlier) than September 15, 2014. EBS members wishing to serve as session chairs or respondents should send a note by the September date to the university or email address. Send abstracts to Dept of English, Pace University, 41 Park Row, Rm 1503, New York, NY 10038 or FAX to 212-346-1754 (attn: Martha Driver, English Department). Inquiries are welcome. If responding by email, please put Kalamazoo 2015 and the session of interest into the subject line.
Vernon and Simeon Manuscripts now both fully Digitised
New resource: Penn in Hand: Selected Manuscripts
Now Available: Blackburn's 'Worthy Citizen': The Philanthropic Legacy of R.E. Hart
This project, Blackburn's 'Worthy Citizen': The Philanthropic Legacy of R.E. Hart, was made possible by a grant from the Arts and Humanities Research Council, and was generously supported by the Institute of English Studies at the School of Advanced Study, University of London; Winchester University; the Bibliographical Society; the Economic History Society; and the Blackburn Museum itself. Graduate students from the Institute of English Studies, The Courtauld Institute of Art, and Cambridge and Winchester Universities have worked with curators and experts from a wide range of academic disciplines to produce the exhibition and accompanying catalogue.
See the blog about the Hart collection here: http://blackhartbooks.wordpress.com/about/
Late Medieval English Scribes website launched
Late Medieval English Scribes is an online catalogue of all scribal hands (identified or unidentified) which appear in the manuscripts of the English writings of five major Middle English authors: Geoffrey Chaucer, John Gower, John Trevisa, William Langland and Thomas Hoccleve.
Harlaxton Medieval Studies Index now available
The newly-published index volume which runs to an impressive 841 pages
Now available from:
Shaun Tyas Publishing
T: + 44 (0)1775 821 542
The cost is £35.00 (post free for UK orders)
New Blog from St Andrews: Echoes from the Vault
Echoes from the Vault is the official blog of the Rare Books Collection of the University of St Andrews. Here you can find posts about unique or exciting finds amongst the vaults in our day-to-day work, bringing to light voices that have remained quiet for many years. This blog will also feature news and events happening within the Special Collections Department and the University Library.
The Rare Books Collection of the University of St Andrews is estimated at over 200,000 volumes, and almost half of these have not been catalogued online, with only a portion of it having been recorded in the old Page Catalogue and reported to the English Short Title Catalogue (ESTC) and other bibliographies. Most of the unique items are not completely unknown to previous and existing Special Collections staff, they have just lain dormant for centuries. It is our hope that we can reawaken the potential of these books as research and educational resources by getting them in the hands of students, staff and researchers.
As part of its launch, Echoes from the Vault is showcasing bookbindings in St Andrews' collection with a special feature "52 Weeks of Fantastic Bindings," adding photos and discussion of one new fantastic binding each week. Follow the blog here: http://standrewsrarebooks.wordpress.com/.
Opuscula: Short Texts of the Middle Ages and Renaissance (OSTMAR)
OSTMAR is an on-line and open-access journal published by Classical, Medieval, and Renaissance Studies at the University of Saskatchewan under a creative commons license. All submissions are subject to a double-blind peer review and must be accompanied by readable digital facsimiles of the original documents.
Announcing a new series from Ashgate Publishing Company:
Proposals should take the form of either 1) a preliminary letter of inquiry, briefly describing the project; or 2) a formal prospectus including: abstract, brief statement of your critical methodology, table of contents, sample chapter, estimate of length, estimate of the number and type of illustrations to be included, and a c.v. Please send a copy of either type of proposal to each of the two series editors and to the publisher: Dr James Daybell, email@example.com; Dr Adam Smyth, firstname.lastname@example.org; Erika Gaffney, Publisher, email@example.com.
THE MEDIAEVAL JOURNAL
The Mediaeval Journal is a distinctively European-based cross-disciplinary and multinational journal of Mediaeval Studies published in English in both print and online formats. Featuring the work of specialists in all areas of Mediaeval Studies, it offers wide disciplinary coverage in every issue and welcomes submissions from the worldwide community of mediaevalists in traditional disciplines such as Art History, History, Archaeology, Theology, European Languages/Literatures (including English), as well as burgeoning areas such as Islamic Studies, Jewish Studies, Manuscript Studies, Mediaevalisms, Material Culture, History of Medicine and Science, History of Ideas, Queer Studies, Postcolonial Studies, and Musicology, to name a few. Each issue of The Mediaeval Journal also contains timely and expert reviews responding to the variety and energy of scholarship across the world of Mediaeval Studies.
The editors are pleased to receive submissions in any of the above areas, and to respond to queries from potential contributors. Please send submissions, in the form of email attachments, to the General Editors: Dr Ian Johnson (firstname.lastname@example.org) and Dr Margaret Connolly (email@example.com).
Ordering Information: To order a copy of The Mediaeval Journal contact our Customer Care Department at firstname.lastname@example.org or tel. +32 14 44 80 35.
Harry Ransom Center's Medieval and Early Modern Manuscripts Collection Now Accessible Online
AUSTIN, Texas --The Harry Ransom Center, a humanities research library and museum at The University of Texas at Austin, has introduced an online database for its medieval and early modern manuscripts collection. The database includes more than 7,000 digital images and can be accessed here
The medieval and early modern manuscripts collection contains 215 items dating from the 11th to the 17th centuries. It comprises items from various collections, including those of George Atherton Aitken, W. H. Crain, Carlton Lake, Edward A. Parsons, Sir Thomas Phillipps, Walter Emile Van Wijk, Evelyn Waugh, John Henry Wrenn and others.
The Ransom Center is digitizing all of the collection items, which will be added to the database as they are completed. At present, digital images are available for 27 of the items for a total of 7,288 pages.
The database contains item-level descriptions for all 215 items, and the collection is searchable by keyword and any combination of the following categories: name, country of origin, century, language, format (such as charters or diaries), subject and physical features (such as musical notation or wax seals).
The medieval and early modern manuscripts collection is a rich resource for many areas of research. Scholars may use the collection to trace typographical developments in printing, compare different versions of the same text or examine a manuscript's composition, decoration and binding to study the history of the book. The collection may also be valuable for those studying the history of liturgy and music.
"The new database for the Ransom Center's medieval and early modern manuscripts collection is a wonderful resource for students and teachers here at the university and for scholars everywhere," said Marjorie Curry Woods, professor of English and comparative literature at The University of Texas at Austin. "The detailed descriptions will help researchers working on individual manuscripts, provide a model for students learning palaeography and codicology, and allow scholars elsewhere to explore possible connections between the Ransom Center's manuscripts and those in other collections.
"The complete digitized versions of manuscripts are invaluable. Manuscripts that are now too fragile to be handled are still available for research and teaching, and those that have small, difficult-to-read glosses and marginalia now can be deciphered with relative ease. In addition, digitized manuscripts can be projected for class presentations and can be consulted by scholars working collaboratively but in different locations. Access to the Ransom Center's valuable early holdings is increased exponentially while at the same time reducing wear and tear on the manuscripts themselves."
The collection is particularly strong in humanistic manuscripts, vernacular literature and religious documents. Other represented subjects include alchemy, architecture, astronomy, botany, cartography, classical literature, diplomacy, drama, genealogy, government, heraldry, history, kings and rulers, law, mathematics, medicine, monasticism and religious orders, music, philosophy, poetry, science and war.
The earliest item in the collection is the Tegernsee Miscellany manuscript, an 11th-century Austrian codex of various texts compiled by Abbot Ellinger of Tegernsee. Other highlights include 11 Books of Hours, most notably the "Belleville Hours," and a 15th-century German ferial psalter and hymnal, significant because of its possible stylistic relationship to the Gutenberg Bible and early printed psalters.
The collection contains classical texts, including copies of works by Cicero, Horace, Ovid and Plato, and medieval literary works by Geoffrey Chaucer, Dante and Petrarch.
The historical documents in the collection represent numerous European monarchs, such as Henry VIII of England, Louis XIII of France and Philip III of Spain. Notable historical figures represented in the collection include Oliver Cromwell, Martin Luther, John Milton, Sir Isaac Newton, Abraham Ortelius and Sir Walter Raleigh. Document types include charters, commonplace books, contracts, correspondence, decrees, deeds, diaries, government records, indentures, letters patent, minutes, notarial documents, notes, papal bulls, petitions, pontificals, receipts, reports, speeches and writs.
The manuscripts represent numerous countries and historical regions, including Austria, Bohemia, Bolivia, Byzantium, England, Flanders, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, the Netherlands, Portugal, Scotland, Spain and the United States. The represented languages include Dutch, English, Flemish, French, German, Greek, Hebrew, Italian, Latin, Middle English, Old English and Spanish.
Other holdings at the Ransom Center that contain early manuscripts include the George Atherton Aitken, Eastern manuscripts, clay tablets and cones, Kraus maps, Lanza-Acosta Bolivian, Arthur Livingston, papyri, Pforzheimer, Ranuzzi, Shelley family and the Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary collections.
High-resolution press images from the collection are available.
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