Reading this useful post on registering at the British Library reminded me that I’d been meaning to write up some practical remarks on visiting the place: things I wish I’d known myself when I started making trips there. I’m sure … Continue reading
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The news [EDIT: (much!) more detail here] of the Wellcome Library’s purchase of a fifteenth-century medical almanac has been doing the rounds in the last week. I’m no expert on medical almanacs! But I was taken by Elma Brenner’s suggestions, … Continue reading
In the last couple of days I’ve been conducting a rapid survey of particular measurements in a group of manuscripts. Today I was looking at one of these together with an easily accessible online manuscript catalogue description. The description said … Continue reading
Something I should probably have said in my previous post, because it took me a distressingly long time to start doing it myself: if acid-free paper slips are available, they make ideal ‘anchors’ in the manuscript. Using a slip, you … Continue reading
This post: just some written-up notes collecting together things I’ve found useful in understanding manuscripts’ physical structure.
This is just a little note. I’ve met several people who were working on relevant things but didn’t know that the manuscripts in the John Rylands Library at the University of Manchester are online. For a good while I didn’t … Continue reading
You can read a lot about medieval manuscripts on the web, but I haven’t found much bluntly practical information about studying them. When I started consulting manuscripts, two years ago, I would have loved a prototypical packing list of things … Continue reading