Historic Manuscript Collection, 1250-1584

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Descriptive Summary

Repository: Special Collections, Carrier Library, James Madison University
Title: Medieval and Early Renaissance Manuscript Collection, 1250-1550
Collection No.: SC# 2007
Creator: Various
Extent: One 1/2 Hollinger box, one flat box; 1.88 linear feet
Language: English [Latin and Hebrew]
Abstract: Consists of sixteen leaves that had been part of various bound volumes created in Europe at different times from the Medieval to the Modern periods. Six of the leaves are examples of early printing techniques and ten are manuscripts created by the Catholic Church before 1600. The items are housed in one 1/2 Hollinger box and one oversize flat box.

Administrative Information

Access Restrictions: Collection is open for research.

Use Restrictions: The copyright interests in this collection have been transferred to the James Madison University Special Collections Library. For more information, contact the Special Collections Library Reference Desk. (library-special@jmu.edu).

Preferred Citation: [Identification of Item], Historic Manuscript Collection, SC# 2007, Special Collections, Carrier Library, James Madison University, Harrisonburg, Va.

Acquisition Information: Nine leaves were purchased in 2009. One was purchased in 2010. Six were purchased in 2011.

Other Formats Available: Digital images of each leaf in the collection are available online.

Accruals: This collection may receive accruals of other manuscript leaves.

Processing Information: The items digitally represented here were created by photographing with a Canon Rebel XT with a Sigma 50mm lens piecing large images in Adobe Photoshop and magnifying them with Zoomify Express, then creating and linking the pages from which to serve them on the finding aid. Project staff included Julia Merkel (photography and piecing), Tiffany Cole (magnifying),Tracy Harter (page creation/linking), and Gabe Camut (page creation/linking).

Historical Note: Because this is an artificial collection, a historical note is not applicable.

Scope and Content: The Historic Manuscript Collection consists of items collected to illustrate the history of book production. The collection contains ten manuscript leaves created during the medieval and Renaissance periods (1250-1550), in Latin, commissioned by the Catholic Church. There are also six printed leaves from books in Latin, English, and Hebrew from various authors and time periods spanning 1475 to 1901. The items are housed in one 1/2 Hollinger box and one oversize flat box.

Arrangement: The collection is arranged in the order in which items were acquired.

Contents: Historic Manuscripts Document/Image Box:Folder

Historic Manuscripts Document/Image Box:Folder
Breviary, single leaf (France: ca. 1400) MS-01 1:1
Psalter, single leaf (France: ca. 1472) MS-02 1:2
Psalter, single leaf (France: ca. 1472) MS-03 1:3
Book of Hours, single leaf (France: ca. 1470) MS-04 1:4
Book of Hours, single leaf (France: ca. 1460) MS-05 1:5
Bible, single leaf (France: ca. 1250) MS-06 1:6
Psalter, single leaf (Italy: ca. 1350) MS-07 1:7
Biblia Hebraica, single leaf (Belgium: 1584) MS-08 1:8
Bible. Matthew’s Version, single leaf (England: 1549) MS-09 1:9
Grettis Saga, single leaf (England: 1901) MS-10 1:10
Actes and Monuments, single leaf (England: 1576) MS-11 1:11
Antiphonary, single leaf (Spain: ca. 1550) MS Oversize-01 2:1
Antiphonary, single leaf (Germany: ca. 1350) MS Oversize-02 2:2
Decretum, single leaf (Italy: 1475) MS Oversize-03 2:3
Psalter, single bifolium (1400s) MS Oversize-04 2:4
Actes and Monuments, single leaf (England: 1631) MS Oversize-05 2:5

Compiled by: Mark Peterson, January 2012