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ENGL 413/MARS 420: The History of Books

From Beowulf to Shakespeare

Databases and Online Resources

Parts of a Book

diagram of the parts of a physical book

Image source: Thad McIlroy, The Future of Publishing

Reference and Secondary Sources

Brown, Michelle P. and Patricia Lovett. The Historical Source Book for Scribes. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 1999.

Brown, Michelle P. Understanding Illuminated Manuscripts: A Guide to Technical Terms. California: The J. Paul Getty Museum in association with The British Library, 1994.

Carter, John and Nicholas Barker. ABC for Book Collectors. Delaware: Oak Knoll Press, 2006. (Available online)

Clemens, Raymond and Timothy Graham. Introduction to Manuscript Studies. Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 2007.

de Hamel, Christopher. A History of Illuminated Manuscripts. New York: Phaidon Press Limited, 2002.

de Hamel, Christopher. Gilding the Lilly: A Hundred Medieval and Illuminated Manuscripts in the Lilly Library. Bloomington: Indiana University, Lilly Library, 2010.

de Hamel, Christopher. The Book. A History of the Bible. New York: Phaidon Press Limited, 2001.

Derolez, Albert. The Palaeography of Gothic Manuscript Books, from the Twelfth to the Early Sixteenth Century, Cambridge Studies in Palaeography and Codicology. Cambridge: Cambridge Univ. Press, 2003.

Dictionary of Latin Abbreviations 

Gaskell, Phillip. A New Introduction to Bibliography. Delaware: Oak Knoll Press, 2000.

International Medieval Bibliography, 1967. (HSSE Library: Periodicals 016.9401 In8)

Kerby-Fulton, Kathryn, Maidie Hilmo and Linda Olson, Opening Up Middle English Manuscripts: Literary and Visual Approaches. Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press, 2012.

Middle-English Dictionary, containing words used by English writers from the twelfth to the fifteenth century, Francis Henry Stratmann; Henry Bradley, 1891. (HSSE Library 423 St8m)

Middle English Dictionary. Hans Kurath; Sherman M Kuhn (Sherman McAllister), 1952-    (HSSE Library 423 K96m )

Oxford Dictionary of National Biography  (HSSE: Reference 920.042 D56 2004)

Oxford Companion to the Book (HSSE: Reference Z4 .O946 2010). Vol. 2 contains entries on many topics in book history and printing.

Parkes, M. B. English Cursive Book Hands, 1250-1500 (1969; reprint Burlington, VT: Ashgate, 2004).

Roberts, Jane. Guide to Scripts Used in English Writings up to 1500 (2005; re-issued London: British Library, 2011).

Twyman, Michael. The British Library Guide to Printing. University of Toronto Press, 1998.