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BOOK OF KELLS
On Exhibit at the Oregon State Library, 250 Winter St, 2nd Floor, State Library Building, Salem, Oregon.
The Oregon State Library's The Book of Kells is a facsimile produced by Fine Art Facsimile Publishers of Switzerland. The publisher spent 10 years producing a limited edition of 1,480 copies. It is practically indistinguishable from the original in that unevenly cut pages and worm holes match exactly. The Book of Kells is an illuminated or decorated manuscript of the four Gospels. Its calligraphy and penmanship have earned it a reputation as the most beautiful book in the world. It was begun at at the island monastery of Iona; completed at Kells, Ireland following the Viking invasion of 805. The manuscript was stolen in 1007. Later recovered, it remained at Kells until the 17th century when Henry Jones, Cromwell's chief of intelligence gave it to Trinity College, Dublin, where it may still be seen. The text is St. Jerome's Vulgate with the Old Latin readings and features. Over the years many monks must have been employed copying the text in calligraphic Irish hand and in a compressed script for the passages to the Gospels. The famous illuminations of the book, the work of four illuminators enhance most of the text with rich tracery. Not a single page is without decoration. The margins and blanks are filled with human or animal figures. Full-page decorations include canon tables (concordances of the Gospels), and three illustrations of the life of Christ. The opening pages and important passages of the Gospels are presented in ornamental script. These forces combine to make The Book of Kells a supreme artistic expression of the Middle Ages.
The Aberdeen Bestiary
A pilot scheme for producing digitised images of manuscripts on the World Wide Web. This project is funded under the Joint Funding Councils Libraries Review Group: Specialised Research Collections in the Humanities initiative. The project is a collaborative effort between Aberdeen University Library, the Department of History of Art and the Centre for Computer Based Learning in Land Use and Environmental Sciences (CLUES). From here you may select:
FLORENCE NIGHTINGALE
A person who knows only his own time and age cannot claim to be educated in any sense of the word. It is in the light of the past that the present is illuminated and the future glimpsed. No other person in the history of nursing has demonstrated the genius for administration or the educated imagination that created a profession where none existed previously. Few people have shown her interest in all the details of life, and of the problems of education of her generation. Nothing was too insignificant or too involved for Miss Nightingale's attention. Students of nursing will find these letters provide a glimpse of a very human person whose vision of nursing remains a challenge for the present generation. No excuse, we believe, is necessary to justify our decision to publish the text of the Clendening Medical Library's small collection of Nightingale letters. We do not claim that these letters provide any startling new historical facts, but we do feel that they are worth reading for the many fascinating insights they provide into the life, activities, and spirit of one of the most remarkable women of all time. Florence Nightingale was one of the world's most prolific letter writers, and the late W. J. Bishop observed that "at least 15,000 original letters . . . are known to exist and the total may be more than 20,000; the exact number will never be known, but the Nightingale correspondence is likely to prove to be the most extensive collection of letters ever written by one person." Seldom can letters have been written to better purpose; Miss Nightingale's interests were many, and rarely did she fail to interest herself in any given problem without making fruitful suggestions and offering sensible advice. Even when she was past seventy she was still intensely involved with all manner of subjects, projects, and above all -- people. Although she lived to the advanced age of ninety, it is worth recalling that for most of the period following her return from the Crimean War her health was poor, and for the rest of her long life she was virtually bed-ridden. Surely no invalid has ever accomplished more than the redoubtable -- indeed formidable -- Miss Nightingale.
THE CODEX ARUNDEL
A Notebook of Leonardo da Vinci.
THE CODEX HAMMER
Leonardo da Vinci.
BOOK OF THE DEAD OF MAIHERPERI
Written documents in the Egyptian Museum.
IMAGES FROM ARBEAU (1589).
PIERS PLOWMAN
electronic archive.
MARY OF BURGUNDY'S BOOK OF HOURS
THE BOOK OF KELLS
LES TRES RICHES HEURES DE JEAN DUC DE BERRY
LE CHEVALIER DE LA CHARETTE
by Chretien de Troyes.
THE LINDISFARNE GOSPELS
one of the most important inheritances from early Nortcumbria; written and illuminated about 698.
MAGNA CARTA
one of four surviving exemplifications issued over the Great Seal of King John on and after 23 June 1215.
THE SFORZA HOURS
one of the British Library's outstanding Renaissance treasures.
THE TYNDALE NEW TESTAMENT
the only surviving textually complete copy of a print-run of 3,000 (possibly even 6,000) from the press of Peter Schoeffer in Worms.

A Modern Manuscript:

MASKE: THAERY, JACK VANCE ORIGINAL MANUSCRIPT
a website by Mike Berro


Miscellaneous on Manuscripts:

ARCHIVE OF WATERMARKS IN GREEK MANUSCRIPTS
Bates College, Lewiston, Maine. The Watermark Archive is a research tool for scholars who work with Greek manuscripts. It is, at the same time, a vehicle for scholarly publication of watermarks and papers discovered in Greek manuscripts. More specifically, it is a repository of watermark images, paper descriptions, and related information needed for such purposes as: dating Greek manuscripts, establishing the provenance of Greek manuscripts, identifying scribes of unsigned Greek manuscripts, reconstructing the productivity of later Byzantine and post-Byzantine scribes and centers of Greek book production from the evidence of paper.
THE MOUNT ATHOS GREEK MANUSCRIPTS CATALOG
The World Wide Web server for the Philotheou Monastery Catalog Project, a division of the Mount Athos Greek Manuscripts Catalog Project of the Patriarchal Institute for Patristic Studies, Thessaloniki, Greece. The Philotheou Monastery Project, located at Bates College, Lewiston, Maine, is under the direction of Robert W. Allison of the Department of Philosophy and Religion. It is supported by the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Ellis L. Phillips Foundation, and Bates College. This server is the primary repository of information related to the Philotheou Monastery Catalog Project.
MANUSCRIPTS AND PRINTED MATERIALS,
in Daniel Traister's Resources for the History of Books and Printing. (see for Traister's extensive sites BOOKARTS/BOOKHISTORY)
THE ELECTRONIC NEW TESTAMENT MANUSCRIPTS PROJECT
an international, scholarly, volunteer effort to make images and transcriptions of New Testament manuscripts available freely on the internet. It is possible to subscribe to an ANNOUNCE service to stay informed about new additions to this website.
MANUSCRIPT COLLECTION NATIONAL LIBRARY OF AUSTRALIA
While there are important examples of non-Australian material (such as medieval manuscripts and sources on the Pacific Islands, Papua New Guinea and the Philippines) the manuscript collection is essentially an Australian one. Extensive runs of microfilmed Australian and overseas manuscripts complement the holdings of unique documents.
FORMAT: MANUSCRIPTS
American Special Collections, Library of Congress:
Peter Force Library: Manuscripts and maps relating to American History, early American imprints, and incunabula (84)
Jedediah Hotchkiss Collection: Papers and Civil War maps of Major Hotchkiss (121)
Frances Benjamin Johnston Collection: Photographs and papers of Frances Benjamin Johnston (131)
Johann Georg Kohl Collection: Maps and papers of Johann Georg Kohl relating to the early history of America (136)
Woodbury Lowery Collection: Woodbury Lowery's Maps and papers relating to Spanish colonies in North America (148)
National Child Labor Committee Collection: Records and photographs of the National Child Labor Committee, 1904-55 (169)
Vance Randolph Collection: Vance Randolph's papers, photographs, and field recordings of Ozark folk music, 1930s-1960s (193)
Rochambeau Collection: Papers and revolutionary war maps of comte de Rochambeau (201)
ARCHIVES AND MANUSCRIPT COLLECTIONS ON THE INTERNET
This guide provides access to information about archives and manuscript holdings of more than 100 repositories. Some institutions have made detailed findings available, which may be searched by name or topic, while others provide only general descriptions of their holdings and hours. Over 200 links to libraries and other repositories the world over.
ARCHIVES AND MANUSCRIPTS FINDING AIDS
Harvard/Radcliffe. There are forty archival and manuscript repositories at Harvard/Radcliffe, all specializing in differing, though sometime overlapping, subject areas. Four of these are listed at the gopher site.
INTERPRETING ANCIENT MANUSCRIPTS
main focus of this website is on the process used to study the ancient manuscripts upon which the New Testament is based. The language discussed is Greek, almost everything is explained with transliterations into English and, where applicable, translations from standard English bibles.
BEINECKE MEDIEVAL AND RENAISSANCE MANUSCRIPTS
Gopher Menu, over 150 manuscripts.

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