Talk | Philology and Authenticity: Lorenzo Valla, Constantine, and Styles of Renaissance Reading

November 1, 4:30 pm Bulter 203 (with a post-talk reception in the RBML’s Kempner Gallery) Dean of Georgetown College and Professor of Classics and History at Georgetown University, Christopher Celenza will deliver the sixth Paul O. Kristeller lecture. He is the author of The Intellectual World of the Italian Renaissance: Language, Philosophy, and the Search […]

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Exibition: Middle English Prose

In 1984, Ralph Hanna III published the first volume of the Index of Middle English Prose, listing manuscripts held by the Huntington Library in southern California; we are now almost 35 years into the project, with 24 volumes completed, and several more in preparation.  One volume will represent prose in Middle English held in manuscripts […]

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Fri., Apr. 17th at 6:00 PM: “Writing and Reading Manuscripts in Germany in the 16th Century”

The Paul Oskar Kristeller Memorial Lecture Prof. Dr. Eef Overgaauw Director, Manuscripts Department Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin When Johannes Gutenberg and his followers started printing books, around 1452, the production of manuscripts did not come to a sudden end. On the contrary: during the second half of the 15th century, the production of handwritten books increased […]

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Bertykin’s Books

Libraries care about library catalogues, or, more broadly, lists of books, compiled for all sorts of reasons.  On the back flyleaf of a manuscript of a well-known grammatical text is a list of medical books:  it's in the same hand as that of the grammar, and it ends with a curious statement: The sum of Bertykin, […]

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Technical vocabularies–serving wine in the Middle Ages

Plimpton MS 160 is a late 14th century manuscript held by this library; its texts are serious and scientific:  Euclid’s Elements, followed by theoretical treatises on astronomy and mensuration.  A while ago, I had noticed a casual drawing on f. 41v, an otherwise blank leaf at the end, but only recently made an effort to […]

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