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A Catalogue of the Pre-1500 Western Manuscript Books at the Newberry Library.

Saenger, P.H. ; Newberry Library.

ISBN 10: 0226733505 / ISBN 13: 9780226733500
Verlag: University of Chicago Press, Chicago, first edition, 1989, 1989
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Cloth, 4to, 29 cm, xxvii, 260 pp (double-column format) , [40] pp of plates (10 in colour). From a contemporary review: " [Saenger's catalogue supplies] meticulous descriptions, to the highest standard of contemporary cataloguing, of the manuscripts in [one of] the half-dozen major collections of medieval and Renaissance manuscripts in the United States. The great collection in Chicago has been built up in four discrete stages, the resulting mixture ranging over much of Western Europe. Two areas of particular strength are medieval Austrian codices and books containing Italian humanist texts, many of them unedited. There is also a group of liturgica of great importance, mostly collected by the somewhat (Henry) Jamesian figure Henry Probasco, a hardware magnate from Cincinnati who bought books that looked beautiful and turned out to have great textual value." Very Good. Buchnummer des Verkäufers ABE-19055

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Titel: A Catalogue of the Pre-1500 Western ...

Verlag: University of Chicago Press, Chicago, first edition, 1989

Erscheinungsdatum: 1989

Einband: Hardcover

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The Newberry Library in Chicago possesses one of the most distinguished collections of medieval and Renaissance manuscript books in North America. Based on two major private collections of the late nineteenth century—those of Henry Probasco and Edward E. Ayer—and scrupulously added to in this century, the holdings include late medieval bibles and breviaries, books of hours and books of homilies, and seminal texts on astronomy.

Some of the books, such as those from the libraries of Philip the Good and Anne of Brittany, are beautifully illuminated. But the collection also includes an unusual array of "typical" medieval books, chosen not for their beauty but for their paleographical, codicological, and textual interest. Such codices include an eleventh-century Carthusian monk, and numerous books of hours adapted for feminine use. Paul Saenger has painstakingly identified the text, illumination, physical structure, and provenance for each of the more than 200 books in the collection to provide an exemplary guide to literate culture in the late Middle Ages.

This catalogue, carefully researched and handsomely illustrated, will be an invaluable resource for historians, art historians, paleographers, bibliographers, and collectors.

About the Author:

Paul Saenger is the George A. Poole III Curator of Rare Books at the Newberry Library.

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