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I have instructed Apollonides to send me certain of my own books, which you will hear of in good time from Seleucus himself. If you find any, apart from those I possess, make copies and send them to me. Diodorus and his friends also have some which I haven't got. The letter reveals a group of friends who acquired books by making copies from exemplars owned by friends who lived elsewhere Harpocration, Polion, Diodorus, and their circle. Yet there is mention of the bookseller Demetrius, who could serve as a fall-back source.

Here, then, in provincial Egypt we see the independent coexistence of private and commercial means of obtaining books. The books requested are scholarly, not books that have popular appeal, so it is surprising that the bookseller Demetrius might have them. One would expect a bookseller to deal in popular literature, as apparently was the case with the Roman booksellers we know by name. In a setting where a scholarly community was active, an astute dealer probably did not disdain service to that clientele. Yet, as a rule, classical texts and especially scholarly tools and studies circulated principally if not exclusively through private channels.

The practices of Cicero in late republican Rome, of the scholarly circle in Oxyrhynchus in the late second century, and of Libanius and his fellow scholars in fourth-century Syrian Antioch, widespread as these were in time and place, all attest that private copying and circulation formed the persistent norm for professional scholars.

The quality of commercial copying was not particularly high, whereas scholars were fastidious, at least about their books. The complaints voiced by many ancient writers about the quality of commercial copies were consistent and continuous. The employment of mediocre copyists and the failure to collate copies and exemplars--practices that Strabo A History of Early Christian Texts [] Turner, Greek Manuscripts of the Ancient World no. In doing so he also implied criticism of booksellers, and suggested that there was at this early date some kind of a trade in antiquarian book rolls:. Indeed, you do not buy the finest; you rely upon men who bestow their praise hit-and-miss, you are a godsend to the people that tell such lies about books, and treasure-trove ready to hand to those who traffic in them.

Why, how can you tell what books are old and highly valuable, and what are worthless and simply in wretched repair—unless you judge them by the extent to which they are eaten into and cut up, calling the book-worms into counsel to settle the question? As to their correctness and freedom from mistakes, what judgment have you, and what it is worth? Such a view does not do justice to its distinctive qualities as the home of a new style of art and as a civilising influence in eastern Europe. But there is a sense in which it was obviously inferior to the empire that had once controlled the whole Mediterranean area.

In economic terms it was not able to provide for the inhabitants of its towns and villages the standard of living and amenities that had been enjoyed by the vast majority of the citizens of the Roman empire. We may infer that one of the direct consequences of the decline in standards was a reduction the number of people able to acquire an education. Although there is some evidence, principally from lives of saints, that elementary education was widely available, the impression must remain that literacy was less widespread and the average level of culture less high than had been the case in the ancient world.

It is hard to imagine, for instance, a Byzantine province producing evidence of readers with such diverse and learned interests as those provded by the finds of papyri from the country districts of Greco-Roman Egypt. From the reduced economic circumstances of the Byzantine empire it would be tempting to infer that the prospects for the survival of ancient Greek literature were poor, and that there would be little chance of it being the object of scholarly study.

Certainly a great deal was lost, and it is impossible to deny that the Byzantines failed to save many texts that had come down to them. Publishing and the book trade in general were so much less well organised than they had been in antiquity that the use of these terms in a Byzantine context is scarcely legitimate. Photius in the ninth century, to name only the most obvious example, read many texts that ceased to be copied soon after. But although some blame must attach to the Byzantines, care should be taken not to allocate them too large a share of the responsibility.

At least some of the texts read by Photius will have been lost in when Constantinople was destroyed by the Fourth Crusade, and there were almost certainly many other books that Photius had not been able to read because even the resources of the richer society of antiquity had failed to guarantee production in sufficient numbers of copies for them to survive the hazards of war and accidental destruction. As will become clear, they achieved what may be their greatest success at a time of economic and political decline in the late thirteen and early fourteenth centuries.

By at all times they maintained, even if only in a small section of their society, an intense interest in liteature. One might suggest that though their cultural activies were confined to the few by economic circumstances, the intensity of activity was greater than at almost any time in antiquity itself. The Byzantines struggled against great odds to uphold their ideals, and these can be seen in various distinctive features of their society.

The government required of its chief functionaries a good grounding in classical literature, and they attempted to display their culture in the documents drafted for public circulation by the excellence of their prose style and sometimes even by literary allusions. The government's expectations of candidates for employment in the top ranks of the civil service are made clear by an order of the emperor Constantius and his junior colleague Julian in Theodosian Code Wilson provided a preliminary survey of book production and the book trade in the Byzantine empire, from which I quote.

The links are, of course, my additions, and as usual, I have not included the footnotes:. A skeptic might well say that there is no evidence about the book trade, or even that there was no such thing. The skeptic is probably right in his belief, but instead of acceptiing it without discussion it may be worthwhile to analyze some factors which will have had an important effect on the production and circulation of books.

For much of our period it is clear that parchment was in short supply. In his commentary on this passage, however, Professor Jenkins saw here a reference to paper-making; but that looks to me like a slip of the pen, since I find it hard to imagine paper-making established as an industry in Byzantium as early as the middle of the tenth century. In Constantinople itself parchment was prepared at the Stoudios monastery , as we learn from the Magalai Katecheseis of Theodoros Studites.

I suppose there must have been other factories elsewhere, but no evidence about them has come to my notice, nor do we know much about the two that can be identified. Parchment-makers are not mentioned as a guild in the Book of the Eparch. Are we to infer that there were not enough of them to make up a guild, or that they were regarded as a small section of the tanners whose affairs did not need to regulated by special provisions? At Corinth they are mentioned along with holders of imperial dignities , sailors, and purple-fishers as a group of people not liable to provide horses when requisitioned by the army.

The context permits but does not require the inference that they were incorporated as a local guild. A journey might be necessary to find parchment, for in the tenth century St. But perhaps Italy was abnormal in this respect, since a great many surviving manuscripts believed to have been written in that area are either palimpsests or are made from parchment of extremely poor quality.

On the other hand, there are signs that shortages were not confined to the poorer provinces. In the end, all he received was some asses' skins, which did not please him in the least. It may be that his friend refused to take the trouble to do what he asked, but it is equally possible that this inferior quality was sent because there was nothing else on the market. First, the yield of parchment from each animal was very low. A note in an Oxford manuscript MS. The low yield would be no surprise, because mediaeval animals were much smaller than their modern counterparts, which are the result of selective breeding since the eighteenth century.

Secondly, it must have been a chronic shortage that forced booksellers into the unscruptulous habit of taking unwanted volumes, washing off the text, and using the parchment again. It was an inferior substitute, being less durable, but it had the obvious advantage that eventually it became a good deal cheaper. But early paper manuscripts are not common, doubtless because most of them proved to be too perishable.

Even if we allow that there was already a good supply of paper at that date, which I am inclined to doubt, it remains true that at least in the eighth, ninth, and tenth centuries there was no means of relieving the shortage of writing material. Here I will explore the evidence a little more deeply. The lowest book price I have found is three nomismata, paid in for MS Barberini gr.

Other prices are much higher, although it is not always possible to separate the costs of writing material and transcription. The prices are known of four of Arethas' books, and a reasonably consistent picture emerges from the following table:. Plato MS E. Clarke 39 , folios, x mm. Aristotle's Organon MS Urbinas gr. The highest price, a total of twenty-six, is a respectable sum by any standards. A few other prices are known which confirm the picture of books as a commodity beyond the reach of the ordinary man.

A liturgical book dated MS Patmos cost twelve nomismata, plus a further six for entering the musical notation. And in the thirteenth century we find the owner of a manuscript unable to afford the parchment eneded to replace some missing folios in MS.

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The key fact here is that booksellers are very rarely heard of. Agathias speaks of shops where one his contemporaries would attempt to engage in philosophical argument with the other customers. Michael Choniates speaks of booksellers in the passage cited already about the sale of parchment. But in general their activities remain a mystery. Until more evidence is found it may be best to assume that the trade in books was almost always in the form of secondhand transactions and special commissions given to professional scribes. A fully developed book trade should not be postulated without special reasons; and so, for example, I believe that the suggestion by G.

It remains, of course, a question, whether these two coincidences should be regarded as typical experiences in the life of any Byzantine bookman. The charges for writing in Latin are calculated on a per line basis, using the length of a typical line of Virgil Vergil or 16 syllables, as the standard, or stichos. One motive that the anonymous author of this text seems to have had was to provide a method of checking up on dishonest scribes and booksellers.

He wrote:. The earliest surviving text of this work is the collection of texts called Cod. Gall St. Gallen , and probably written there in the late 8th or early 9th century. Chronologically, the next surviving copy of this text is Vitt. Bischoff, Manuscripts and Libraries in the Age of Charlemagne 2. In February a digital facsimile of Cod.

Therefore some of its images represent firsts in book illustration. For example, the image of the seige of Troy on leaf 19 recto is probably the oldest image of warfare in a codex. The Vatican Virgil is also the oldest of three surviving lllustrated manuscripts of classical literature. In the Italy of the fourth, fifth, and sixth centuries there were probably still stationers who employed scribes to produce books and well as scribes and artists who worked independently. The Aeneid remained the central Latin literary text of the Middle Ages and retained its status as the grand epic of the Latin peoples, and of those who considered themselves to be of Roman provenance, such as the English.

It also held religious importance as it describes the founding of the Holy City. Virgil was made palatable for his Christian audience also through a belief in his prophecy of Christ in his Fourth Ecologue. Cicero and other classical writers too were declared Christian due to similarities in moral thinking to Christianity. Romae : ex Chalcographia R. This contained 58 engraved plates reproducing images from the Vergilius Vaticanus plus 6 additional illustrations from the Codex Romanus. C atalogue records indicate that Bartoli's images may have been first published separately in In Bartoli's engravings were reissued in an excellent edition combining images from both Virgil manuscripts together with related images from ancient engraved gems depicting events in Virgil.

The frontispiece, engraved title and dedication of this edition are spectacular. The edition contains images plus the engraved frontispiece, title, and dedication. In the Vatican Library issued a black and white facsimile of the Vatican Vergil as the first of its facsimile series, Codices e vaticanis selecti phototypice expressi , vol. In they followed this with a facsimile in color as Codices e vaticanis selecti phototypice expressi , vol.

The best and most exact facsimile was issued by Akademische Druck-u. Verlagsanstalt, Graz, Austria in That edition reproduced the manuscript and its 19th century red morocco binding precisely, and included a commentary volume in English by David H. The definitive study of the manuscript, which places it within the artistic and cultural context of its time, is Wright's The Vatican Vergil. A Masterpiece of Late Antique Art An illuminated manuscript on vellum of the first half of the Acts of the Apostles G. It is the earliest-known Coptic miniature. The place of discovery of this Coptic Acts has never been revealed, but it appeared in the antiquarian book trade in together with a Coptic Gospel of Matthew that must have belonged to the same find.

This latter is now in the possession of William Scheide. Its script is very similar to that of the Glazier Acts, its dialect is the same, and the leaf size of both manuscripts is very nearly identical. Their small format suggests that they were made for private use. The Glazier Acts was originally dated as early as the fourth century, but recently a more generalized dating in the fifth century has been argued. Apart from its boards, all that now remains are carbonized portions of the hinging strips.

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At least two other Coptic codices, also dated to the fifth century, still retain bindings of this type. One of them is in the Morgan Library, M. Though severely damaged and partly distingetrated, from what remains the system of wooden boards, backstrip, hinge strips four , and wrapping strips can be clearly reconstructed. However, considering the even more ancient Nag Hammadi find, it should not be assumed a priori that the binding is too good to be true, and that leather could not survive and remain flexible for so long. There have been various losses; the backstrip once extended at both ends, so that it could be folded over the top and bottom edges of the leaves for additional protection.

The top extension is now frayed, and that at the bottom has been torn away. Two of the three wrapping strips survive, one only partially; and two of the bone securing pegs terminating the strips. Neither strip is now attached to the board. There are only remains of what were originally two plaited leather place marks, once laced into the upper board, one into the lower. In addition to fillets, the backstrip was stamped with a small tool of concentric circles, a common Coptic decorative pattern repeated on the bone pegs. This is the earliest evidence for tooling on a leather bookbinding.

The techniques of these bindings have not been entirely deciphered, but in all three examples, the number of hinging holes on the boards was greatly increased, to three dozen or more. In none of the three are there any signs of linkage between sewing and covers--with with the Glazier Acts and others of its group, only glue held the covers to the codex. The backstrips of the two Chester Beatty bndings were stamped with pictorial tools.

The wooden covers of the Freer Gospels a Greek text, but of Egyptian origin are painted with portraits of the evangelists, two on each cover. It is generally thought that these painted figures were added later, perhaps in the seventh century, and were not part of the orignial conception of the binding.

The evangelists are depicted holding codices, a traditional iconography, and it is curious to note that these are quite clearly represented as possessing jewelled covers. Such a picture is slightly out of focus. Yes, the period AD saw a great deal of destruction; but then, destruction from fire and the elements was not new to Roman history.

The exceptional element was that the production of new manuscripts ceased; the market for new books rapidly diminished and, once the market dried up, the means of production disappeared. This was not so much a result of the physical destruction of either the readers or the bookshops, but rather because the traditional audience, namely the Roman senatorial class, within a couple of centuries dwindled in size and recycled itself as an ecclesiastical class with its own, albeit small, means of producing manuscripts. The newly emerging societies cherished Roman coins, and clipped them to make the smaller denominations appropriate to their greatly reduced money economy, since they did not mint large quantities of precious metals of their own.

In similar fashion, Roman books whether papyrus or parchment continued to serve the needs of the shrinking literate class—not new books, but the enormous residue of the antique book trade that reposed in public and private libraries. These slowly gravitated to ecclesiastical libraries locus of the new literate class , to be sent north with the missionaries.

Benedict Biscop , for example, had no difficulty finding books to carry north to Norhumbria when he visited Rome in the s; but these were old books, already a century or two older than he. As we have suggested, Roman civilization, centred on the city, the forum, and the public baths, which was once thought to have been destroyed by the Visigoths and Ostrogoths who sacked Rome in the course of the fifth century, is now generally recognized as having remained, though undeniably altered, reasonably intact until the middle of the sixth century; indeed, the external trappings of this civilization were gladly appropriated by the Ostrogothic kindom of Theodoric , whom both Boethius and Cassiodorus served.

The physical devastation of Roman Italy occurred, ironically, through the reassertion of imperial power—the reappearance in of Byzantine armies in Italy under the emperor Justinian's general Belisarius. Rome changed hands five times in these campaigns. Any city, such as Milan, that opposed the Lombard advance was razed; those like Verona that opened their gates survived unharmed.

Remarkably, the Roman aqueducts still functioned in the time of Pope Gregory I pope ; but gradually the Roman ruling class was replaced or absorbed by Lombard or, in Gaul, by Frankish peoples who had little need, or even less ability, to maintain the physical infrastructure of Roman civilization: the forum, public baths, roads, libraries, temples. As they became unnecessary, they were increasingly neglected. Eventually they served the only useful purpose left to them, becoming the quarries that provided the cut stone from which early medieval basilicas and royal palaces were built" Rouse," The Transmission of the Texts," Jenkyns ed The Legacy of Rome: A New Appraisal [] In the course of time, the forum, the bath and the temple fell into disuse and decay, their traditional roles in civic life forgotten as the public city-state was replaced by the private tribal kingdom.

As Roman civilization faded, the Roman education of public school and private tutor slowly diminished; the body of literature that was the common property of the educated in Antiquity ceased to have an audience, and as the market for books disappeared the public stationers vanished. In Gaul, centurions like Martin c. Order and stability, once the obligation of the state, became the Church's responsibility. Literacy, necessary both to the teaching of a religion dependent on Scripture and to the function of the Church as administrative heir to the Roman state, became the near monopoly of the Church, which acted in effect as the civil service of the tribal kingdoms for the next years" R.

In the act of disseminating Christianity to the heathen the Church disseminated the remains of Roman learning to the barbarian. Gregory of Tours emulated Gregory of Rome , in that each as bishop of his respective city organized the city's affairs, legal and financial. Each came from a family of senatorial rank, living in the twilight of ancient civilization. The importance to textual transmission of the joining of ancient and medieval, the connection of the past with the future, in the seventh century vividly represented in the conversion of England by Gregory I's missionaries and the growth of monastic culture, culminating in the Northumbrian renewal upon which, in turn, the eighth-century Carolingian renascence in Gaul rests in large part.

The Church in England both north and south of the Humber was built by ecclesiastics from Italy; moreover, this took place at a time c. This explains why it is that Theodore, archbishop of Canterbury , was a Greek from Tarsus in Asia Minor, and that his companion Hadrian d. The books from which Bede studied at Monkwearmouth , and those which Boniface c.

Benedict's rule was influenced by the rule of John Cassian who founded the first monasteries in Europe near Marseille, southern Gaul , about CE. It thus became necessary for one, at least, of the monks to collect scientific material, to study it and to hand on his knowledge to those who would, in time, take his place. In this way was started that practical teaching which was transmitted by word of mouth from generation to generation to the great advantage of the sick breathren of the monastery.

It is true that in Benedictine monasteries the doctor was not granted a well-defined position by the monastic rule, like the Prior, the nurse a man, of course—with a post which was merely administrative , the chaplain, the cellarer or the librarian. The title of medicus was, therefore, not official; its holder had no disciplinary power, and it could not directly procure him any privileges. It was a mere name given to monks who, as a result of their studies, showed some special capacity for the art of healing.

But, without having any official status among the dignitaries of the monastery, they yet had a high moral position in the community. In official monastic documents they signed after those monks who were invested with the highest monastic rank. Their elevated moral position is quite clear from the important missions entrusted to thrm by great personages of the day, missions of trust which would not have been given to individuals who were not held in considerable esteem.

The herb garden, which existed in every monastery, allowed him to have at hand the medicinal plants he needed. The students whom he gathered round him in the monastery helped him to treat the patients and prepared the medicines. The work was done in the Infirmary, a place varying in size with the importance of the monastery, and set apart from the dormitory and the refectory of the monks themselves. Into the Infirmary were taken not only sick monks but also gentlemen, townspeople, and even labourers who applied for admission.

The monastic doctor, besides his practice, had also to undertake the copying of medical texts. In each great Benedictine monastery a real studium was formed, from which doctors were sent to the minor centres. The work of the doctor, however, was not limited by the monastery walls. At that time, when civilian medicine was generally represented by bone-setters and travelling quacks, the services of the monastery doctor were asked of the Prior whenever a person of importance or a member of his family fell ill in the neighbourhood.

Permission was given freely and lasted during the whole treatment. The monastic doctor was never sent away on duty unless accompanied by another monk or by one of his pupils. Owing to his vow of poverty, he himself could receive no reward for his services, but splendid donations in lands, money or kind were made by great lords who willingly gave such gifts pro recuperata valetudine " Capparoni, " Magistri Salernitani Nondum Cogniti".

During Lent, let them apply themselves to reading from morning until the end of the third hour. Benedict's Rule mentioned a library without mentioning the scriptorium that would later become an integral part of monastic life. Early commentaries on the Benedictine rule suggest that manuscript copying was a common occupation of at least some Benedictine communities. Montalembert drew attention to the 6th-century rule of St Ferreol that regarded transcription as the equivalent of manual labor since it charges that the monk "who does not turn up the earth with the plow ought to write the parchment with his fingers" Wikipedia article on Scriptorium, accessed Benedict himself, but under the impulse of Irish and later English monks on the continent in the seventh and eighth centuries.

The Anglo-Saxons brought with them a script and books from the well-stocked English libraries. In the course of time the preparation and even sale as well as consumption of books became a characteristic aspect of continental monastic life and the library a central part of the monastery" M. It preserves the Gospels in the nearest dialect of Aramaic to that which he spoke himself, and unlike all other translations, those here were composed with a living Aramaic tradition based in the Holy Land.

The palimpsest-manuscript in Christian Palestinian Aramaic was probably written in Judea , the mountainous southern region of Israel, in the sixth century. It was turned upside down and palimpsested in Syriac in the ninth century. It is thought that it passed to St. They were staunch Scottish Presbyterians with a consuming interest in the early versions of the Bible, and profound belief in female education, in an age when it practically did not exist. They used their own fortune to become celebrated scholars in the fields of Greek, Latin, Hebrew and Syriac, and thrilled by Tischendorf's discoveries at Sinai, they set off to St.

Catherine's on a 'manuscript-hunting' expedition in They won over the difficult patriarch, partly through their insistence that nothing was to be abstracted from the library there, but only photographs taken, and on that expedition they returned with pictures of the Syriac manuscript which would make them famous, the fourth century Syriac Sinaiticus their lives and its discovery are the subject of a recent book, J. Having returned home to Cambridge they were tipped off by a mysterious informant that spectacular manuscripts were to be had through various dealers in Cairo.

This was quite different from the questionable removal of manuscripts from ancient libraries, and the twins regarded it as a rescue mission, returning to Egypt and acquiring a single leaf of the present codex. They acquired a further 89 leaves from the present manuscript in October , and in April of the following year, while passing through Port Tewfik, Agnes Lewis bought two palimpsest - manuscripts on a whim. Upon returning home she discovered that one contained another 48 leaves of the present manuscript, and that the two portions were separated by only a single leaf - that which the twins had acquired first in They published the entire text in Only one other leaf of this scattered manuscript has emerged in the last century.

On the death of the twins the manuscript was left to Westminster College, Cambridge. The quotations in this note were taken from Christopher de Hamel's much longer illustrated description of the manuscript as lot 14 in the catalogue of Sotheby's sale L, Western Manuscripts and Miniatures. According to Sotheby's website, the manuscript failed to sell in the auction. It has been described by some scholars as Spanish, but probably came from Italy.

Though the manuscript originally contained all five books of the Pentateuch, it now lacks the whole of Deuteronomy as well as sections of the other five books. In Early Medieval Bible Illumination and the Ashburnham Pentateuch Dorothy Verkerk argued that the manuscript was written in Rome in the early seventh century, whence it traveled north to Fleury ,.

From Fleury it was taken to Tours where a ninth-century addition was inserted and where it was studied, amended, copied, and emulated in manuscripts and frescoes. The manuscript was deposited at some point in the library of St. It is thought to have originally included as many as 68 full page miniatures.

A full page table containing the Latin names of the books and Latin transliterations of the Hebrew names serves as a front piece to Genesis. The table is enclosed within a curtained arch. Some of the full page miniatures, such as that containing the miniature of Noah's Ark folio 9r , contain a single scene. Other of the full page miniatures, such as that telling the story of Cain and Abel, contain many scenes which are placed in a register, with each scene having a different color background" Wikipedia article on the Ashburnham Pentateuch, accessed From the early seventh century until roughly the year monastic scriptoria and other ecclesiastic establishments remained essentially the only customers for books, and they had a virtual monopoly on manuscript book production.

Most codices were written on vellum or parchment, but as late as the eighth century some codices were written on papyrus. When I accessed the website of German rare book and manuscript dealer Dr. The history of the writing of this manuscript as understood through its palaeography described below. The texts which it contains, and the details of its provenance reflect significant aspects of Carolingian manuscript production, and the history of collecting medieval manuscripts.

Here is Dr. Gunther's description:. Manuscript on vellum, written by an insular scribe. Northern Italy, c. Internally complete, lacking one gathering at the beginning and some leaves at the end. Many capitals in uncial with simple decoration with penwork ornament, including one initial in a form of a fish. Right upper corner on fol. The codex was written by an insular scribe from Ireland or Northumbria, working in Northern Italy.

Monastery of Reichenau in Germany at an early date. William Robinson Ltd. Martin Bodmer , Geneva, Switzerland Peter and Irene Ludwig , Aachen, ms. XIV 1 This anthology was the first compilation of this kind carried out in the Western Church and forms the foundation of Western Latin canon law. Apart from this manuscript only a fragment in the Biblioteca Amploniana in Erfurt Ampl.

He was elected pope after the death of Anastasius II by a certain faction; a second faction declared the archpriest Laurence as pontiff. The compilation is known as the Sanblasianus edition, because it was edited on the basis of a manuscript which first belonged to St. Blasien in the Black Forest and then to St. Paul in Lavanttal Stiftsbibliothek, cod. Only seven manuscripts of this edition are preserved, three of which are older than the present codex Paris, BN, lat.

The oldest manuscript within the group Cologne, Dombibliothek, ms. The codex was written by three different scribes. The main scribe fol. Palaeographic analysis reveals that this scribe came to the continent from an insular scriptorium and finally settled in northern Italy. It is not ascertainable, however, in which northern Italian scriptorium the manuscript was written. The palaeographic indications cannot be used to date the manuscript to a specific year, but it is very likely that it was executed in the years around , making the present manuscript contemporary with the famous copy of the Canones compilation, the so-called Dionysio-Hadriana ,which was presented to the Frankish ruler Charlemagne by Pope Hadrian I in Rome in After the presentation, the wording of the statute book was made compulsory for the Frankish empire, and numerous transcripts of the codex, originally kept in Aachen and now lost, were produced.

Note: I reformatted the description somewhat for this database, and left out the bibliographical references cited at the end of Dr.


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Gunther's description. The hyperlinks are my additions. Bibles were the longest text widely copied during the Middle Ages, and by medieval standards the production of two whole manuscript Bibles per year by one scriptorium— specifically that at Tours — may be considered "mass production. Tours Bible production levels were particularly remarkable in view of the quality of the calligraphy, and richness of decoration and illumination characteristic of some of these Bibles. Of the nearly Bibles produced at Tours during the first 60 years of the ninth century three illuminated Bibles survived, among which perhaps the most outstanding was the Moutier-Grandval Bible.

The footnotes are, as usual, excluded:. Theodulf's text was continuously revised during his lifetime, and was conceived as an accessible reference work, and so he chose a very small, three column line format, with quires of five leaves. The copying involved elaborate scribal preparation, and the Bibles were produced within a short space of time. Six copies survive and two others have left traces, and there is clear evidence that Theodulf's text was used to improve biblical texts throughout the Carolingian empire. Forty-six Bibles and eighteen gospel books have survived from the period before ; only three Bibles and seven gospel books may be dated later in the ninth century, an indication of the severe effects of Viking attacks on Tours in the reign of Charles the Bald, notably the burning of St.

Martin's Abbey in , , and again in So the Tours scriptoria were perhaps copying two full Bibles per year, for more than half a century. Nor was book production at Tours restricted to these Bibles: the abbey of St. As death succeeded death, Dickinson found her world upended. In the fall of , she wrote that "The Dyings have been too deep for me, and before I could raise my Heart from one, another has come. She remained unconscious late into the night and weeks of ill health followed. On November 30, , her feebleness and other symptoms were so worrying that Austin canceled a trip to Boston.

What is thought to be her last letter was sent to her cousins, Louise and Frances Norcross, and simply read: "Little Cousins, Called Back. Austin wrote in his diary that "the day was awful Despite Dickinson's prolific writing, fewer than a dozen of her poems were published during her lifetime. After her younger sister Lavinia discovered the collection of nearly poems, Dickinson's first volume was published four years after her death. Until Thomas H. Johnson published Dickinson's Complete Poems in , [] Dickinson's poems were considerably edited and altered from their manuscript versions.

Since Dickinson has remained continuously in print. They were published anonymously and heavily edited, with conventionalized punctuation and formal titles. In , several poems were altered and published in Drum Beat , to raise funds for medical care for Union soldiers in the war. In the s, Higginson showed Dickinson's poems to Helen Hunt Jackson , who had coincidentally been at the Academy with Dickinson when they were girls.

It was the last poem published during Dickinson's lifetime. After Dickinson's death, Lavinia Dickinson kept her promise and burned most of the poet's correspondence. Significantly though, Dickinson had left no instructions about the 40 notebooks and loose sheets gathered in a locked chest. Higginson, appeared in November One reviewer, in , wrote: "The world will not rest satisfied till every scrap of her writings, letters as well as literature, has been published". Nearly a dozen new editions of Dickinson's poetry, whether containing previously unpublished or newly edited poems, were published between and These competing editions of Dickinson's poetry, often differing in order and structure, ensured that the poet's work was in the public's eye.

The first scholarly publication came in with a complete new three-volume set edited by Thomas H. Forming the basis of later Dickinson scholarship, Johnson's variorum brought all of Dickinson's known poems together for the first time. Using the physical evidence of the original papers, the poems were intended to be published in their original order for the first time. Editor Ralph W. Franklin relied on smudge marks, needle punctures and other clues to reassemble the poet's packets.

Dickinson biographer Alfred Habegger wrote in My Wars Are Laid Away in Books: The Life of Emily Dickinson that "The consequences of the poet's failure to disseminate her work in a faithful and orderly manner are still very much with us". Dickinson's poems generally fall into three distinct periods, the works in each period having certain general characters in common.

The extensive use of dashes and unconventional capitalization in Dickinson's manuscripts, and the idiosyncratic vocabulary and imagery, combine to create a body of work that is "far more various in its styles and forms than is commonly supposed". Sometimes her use of these meters is regular, but oftentimes it is irregular. The regular form that she most often employs is the ballad stanza , a traditional form that is divided into quatrains, using tetrameter for the first and third lines and trimeter for the second and fourth, while rhyming the second and fourth lines ABCB.

Though Dickinson often uses perfect rhymes for lines two and four, she also makes frequent use of slant rhyme. Since many of her poems were written in traditional ballad stanzas with ABCB rhyme schemes, some of these poems can be sung to fit the melodies of popular folk songs and hymns that also use the common meter , employing alternating lines of iambic tetrameter and iambic trimeter. Dickinson scholar and poet Anthony Hecht finds resonances in Dickinson's poetry not only with hymns and song-forms but also with psalms and riddles , citing the following example: "Who is the East?

Late 20th-century scholars are "deeply interested" by Dickinson's highly individual use of punctuation and lineation line lengths and line breaks. As Farr points out, "snakes instantly notice you"; Dickinson's version captures the "breathless immediacy" of the encounter; and The Republican ' s punctuation renders "her lines more commonplace". Meaningful distinctions, these scholars assert, can be drawn from varying lengths and angles of dash, and differing arrangements of text on the page. Franklin's variorum edition of the poems provided alternate wordings to those chosen by Johnson, in a more limited editorial intervention.

Franklin also used typeset dashes of varying length to approximate the manuscripts' dashes more closely. Dickinson left no formal statement of her aesthetic intentions and, because of the variety of her themes, her work does not fit conveniently into any one genre. She has been regarded, alongside Emerson whose poems Dickinson admired , as a Transcendentalist.

Flowers and gardens : Farr notes that Dickinson's "poems and letters almost wholly concern flowers" and that allusions to gardens often refer to an "imaginative realm The Master poems : Dickinson left a large number of poems addressed to "Signor", "Sir" and "Master", who is characterized as Dickinson's "lover for all eternity". Farr, for example, contends that the Master is an unattainable composite figure, "human, with specific characteristics, but godlike" and speculates that Master may be a "kind of Christian muse".

Morbidity : Dickinson's poems reflect her "early and lifelong fascination" with illness, dying and death. Dickinson scholar Vivian Pollak considers these references an autobiographical reflection of Dickinson's "thirsting-starving persona", an outward expression of her needy self-image as small, thin and frail. Gospel poems : Throughout her life, Dickinson wrote poems reflecting a preoccupation with the teachings of Jesus Christ and, indeed, many are addressed to him.

The Undiscovered Continent : Academic Suzanne Juhasz considers that Dickinson saw the mind and spirit as tangible visitable places and that for much of her life she lived within them. At other times, the imagery is darker and forbidding—castles or prisons, complete with corridors and rooms—to create a dwelling place of "oneself" where one resides with one's other selves. The surge of posthumous publication gave Dickinson's poetry its first public exposure. Backed by Higginson and with a favorable notice from William Dean Howells , an editor of Harper's Magazine , the poetry received mixed reviews after it was first published in Higginson himself stated in his preface to the first edition of Dickinson's published work that the poetry's quality "is that of extraordinary grasp and insight", [] albeit "without the proper control and chastening" that the experience of publishing during her lifetime might have conferred.

Maurice Thompson , who was literary editor of The Independent for twelve years, noted in that her poetry had "a strange mixture of rare individuality and originality". Andrew Lang , a British writer, dismissed Dickinson's work, stating that "if poetry is to exist at all, it really must have form and grammar, and must rhyme when it professes to rhyme. The wisdom of the ages and the nature of man insist on so much". She was deeply tinged by the mysticism of Blake , and strongly influenced by the mannerism of Emerson Critical attention to Dickinson's poetry was meager from to the early s.

Rather than seeing Dickinson's poetic styling as a result of lack of knowledge or skill, modern critics believed the irregularities were consciously artistic. Dickinson was suddenly referred to by various critics as a great woman poet, and a cult following began to form.

Her gift for words and the cultural predicament of her time drove her to poetry instead of antimacassars She came The second wave of feminism created greater cultural sympathy for her as a female poet. In the first collection of critical essays on Dickinson from a feminist perspective, she is heralded as the greatest woman poet in the English language. She carefully selected her society and controlled the disposal of her time Some scholars question the poet's sexuality, theorizing that the numerous letters and poems that were dedicated to Susan Gilbert Dickinson indicate a lesbian romance, and speculating about how this may have influenced her poetry.

Bianchi promoted Dickinson's poetic achievement. Bianchi inherited The Evergreens as well as the copyright for her aunt's poetry from her parents, publishing works such as Emily Dickinson Face to Face and Letters of Emily Dickinson , which stoked public curiosity about her aunt. Bianchi's books perpetrated legends about her aunt in the context of family tradition, personal recollection and correspondence.

In contrast, Millicent Todd Bingham's took a more objective and realistic approach to the poet. Emily Dickinson is now considered a powerful and persistent figure in American culture. Eliot , and Hart Crane as a major American poet, [] and in listed her among the 26 central writers of Western civilization. Dickinson is taught in American literature and poetry classes in the United States from middle school to college.

A digital facsimile of the herbarium is available online. In , in recognition of Dickinson's growing stature as a poet, the Homestead was purchased by Amherst College. It opened to the public for tours, and also served as a faculty residence for many years. The Emily Dickinson Museum was created in when ownership of the Evergreens, which had been occupied by Dickinson family heirs until , was transferred to the college.

Emily Dickinson's life and works have been the source of inspiration to artists, particularly to feminist -oriented artists, of a variety of mediums. A few notable examples are as follows:. A public garden is named in her honor in Paris: 'square Emily-Dickinson' , in the 20th arrondissement of the French capital.

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