Identifying the origins of a manuscript is a notoriously subjective art, one that requires an impressive visual memory and an exceedingly trained eye that can quickly spot the telltale details which hint at certain artists, periods, and locations.
Dame Judi Dench, actress and the president of the Brontë Society, supported the Society's call to crowdfund the institution's bid for the second issue of Charlotte Brontë’s Young Men's Magazine at an auction in November.
Part of an extensive collection of manuscripts, unearthed in the Russian city of Novgorod more than five years ago, these childish writings were produced by an old practice of writing on birch bark.
It takes an expert eye to decipher old and damaged manuscripts, but even that is not enough sometimes. Recently, multispectral technology has aided researchers of the Dead Sea Scrolls to read ink invisible to the naked eye and pinpoint previously unknown texts.
Researchers Discovered a Missing Part of “The Tale of Genji,” a Novel Written by A Japanese Noblewoman in the Early 11th Century
It was one the first days of the sixth year of archaeological works on the sunken ship Archangel Raphael when one of the marine archaeologists shifted some silt and saw something looking like a book's spine.
What's a genizah? In Judaism, it is forbidden to throw away writings containing the name of God. Special repositories, genizot, were designated to store these texts prior to proper cemetery burial. The word גניזה itself means "storage"
Just a couple of weeks ago I saw a post from Simon Beattie about an 18th-century Russian book with "marbled" endpapers that were in reality hand-printed. Imagine my surprise when I found something similar just a few days later!
There was something that attracted my attention in this book besides the subject. So, let me tell you about my recent find: this pamphlet about the history of the book written by a Russian literary scientist and bibliognost Vladimir Bush.
Those living at the end of the 19th and beginning of the 20th century saw library books in a different light than us. For many, library books had the potential to transmit some of the most infectious diseases circulating in society at the time.
In this interview, Professor Gregory Clark, a distinguished scholar of medieval manuscripts, provides an examination and analysis of the recently resurfaced Fauquier Book of Hours and its significance.
Digitized Book: The Binding of Books. An Essay in the History of Gold-Tooled Bindings (Herbert P. Horne, 1894)
Herbert Percy Horne was an English poet, architect, typographer and designer, art historian and antiquarian. Among other things, he wrote this book about the history of gold-tooled bindings.
All around the world, invaluable cultural resources are threatened by political conflict, environmental challenges, and instability. In Sri Lanka, grassroots efforts offer two important models of preservation of knowledge, wisdom, and skills.
Found this beautiful selection of decorated initials while browsing a volume of the Studio - an old magazine about fine and applied arts.