Anathema! : Medieval Scribes and the History of Book Curses.

Drogin, M.

Verlag: Allanheld & Schram, Totowa/Montclair, first edition, 1983, 1983
ISBN 10: 0839003013 / ISBN 13: 9780839003014
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Titel: Anathema! : Medieval Scribes and the History...

Verlag: Allanheld & Schram, Totowa/Montclair, first edition, 1983

Erscheinungsdatum: 1983

Einband: Hardcover

Zustand des Schutzumschlags: Dust Jacket Included

Auflage: 1st Edition


Cloth, oblong folio, 15 x 24 cm, xx, 137, [1] pp, ills. From the blurb: "Author Marc Drogin turns his attention to the world of the medieval scribe and to his ultimate weapon, the anathema. He begins by providing a historical background, using scribes' own words to illustrate the trials and tribulations involved in reproducing manuscripts, and the importance and the amount of wealth a book represented in the Middle Ages. Drogin then explores the unusual use of book curses as they first appeared in ancient clay tablets and papyrus rolls and as ultimately used in the Middle Ages. Unlike military campaigners, who were capable only of blunt and systematic obliteration, the medieval scribe slew with a sophisticated range of weaponry, the threat of a panoply of discomforting terminal options, and even a dark sense of humor. Promising an awesome array of horror», from simple excommunication to leprosy, disembowelment and eternal torture, the medieval scribe proved richly imaginative in mastering the lethal curse. 'Anathema!' is a rare look into the medieval world. It is an illustrated guide - in good humor - to malediction and the wonderful world of book-cursing. lt contains more than 80 quotes (more than half of which also appear in original languages), six plates, and an appendix that unravels the confusion of medieval book-titles." Near Fine in slightly yellowed dustwrapper. Buchnummer des Verkäufers ABE-39349

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