M-65v. From Poggio to Mabillon: The Study of Latin Manuscripts in the First Age of Print (Online) - Advance Reading List

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    The works listed here provide both general surveys of the material my course will cover (Reynolds and Wilson’s Scribes and Scholars is as comprehensive as it is concise) and detailed introductions to some of the objects and figures we will examine. Printed works marked with an asterisk are available in digital form at many research libraries.


    L. D. Reynolds and N. G. Wilson, Scribes and Scholars: A Guide to the Transmission of Greek and Latin Literature (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2013), chaps. 4 and 5 [Available online in French as D’Homère à Érasme. La transmission des classiques grecs et latins, tr. Luigi- Alberto Sanchi and Aude Cohen-Skalli (Paris: Bibliothèque d’Histoire des Textes, 2021): https://directory.doabooks.org/handle/20.500.12854/95105].

    *Frank T. Coulson and Robert G. Babcock (ed.), The Oxford Handbook of Latin Palaeography (New York: Oxford University Press, 2020), chaps. 31-34, 54, 62.


    Web resources:

    A. M. Piazzoni, Latin Paleography from Antiquity to the Renaissance (https://spotlight.vatlib.it/latin-paleography/).

    “Medieval Scripts,” on DMMapp Blog (https://blog.digitizedmedievalmanuscripts.org/codicology/medieval-scripts/).

    “Latin Paleography,” on HMML school (https://hmmlschool.org/latin/).

    *Information: A Historical Companion, ed. Ann Blair et al. (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2021).

    Jeremy Norman’s History of Information timeline: https://www.historyofinformation.com/ has many relevant entries (and is both erudite and entertaining).


    Class 1: Discoveries and Scripts

    *Ada Palmer, Reading Lucretius in the Renaissance (Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 2014).

    *Michael Reeve, “Classical Scholarship,” in The Cambridge Companion to Renaissance Humanism, ed. Jill Kraye (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1996), 20-46.

    *Martin Davies, “Humanism in Script and Print,” in The Cambridge Companion to Renaissance Humanism, ed. Jill Kraye (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1996), 47-62.

    Silvia Rizzo, Il lessico filologico degli umanisti (Rome: Storia e Letteratura, 1973).

    *Arielle Saiber, Measured Words: Computation and Writing in Renaissance Italy (Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2017).

    Stanley Morison, Early Italian Writing Books: Renaissance to Baroque, ed. Nicholas Barker (Verona: Edizioni Valdonega; London: British Library, 1990).

    Nicholas Barker, The Glory of the Art of Writing: The Calligraphic Work of Francesco Alunno of Ferrara, 2 vols. (Los Angeles: Cotsen Occasional Press, 2009).

    *Emmanuele Casamassima, “Per una storia delle dottrine paleografiche dall’Umanesimo a ]ean Mabillon,” La Bibliofilia, 62 (1960), 109-143; ibid., 64 (1962), 117-162.


    Class 2: New Libraries

    Rome Reborn: The Vatican Library and Renaissance Culture, ed. Anthony Grafton (Washington: Library of Congress; New Haven: Yale University Press, in association with the Biblioteca Apostolica Vaticana, 1993) [a record of the original exhibition that this accompanied is available online: https://www.loc.gov/exhibits/vatican/].

    *Berthold L. Ullman and Philip A. Stadter, The Public Library of Renaissance Florence: Niccolò Niccoli, Cosimo de’ Medici and the Library of San Marco (Padua: Antenore, 1972).

    *Markus Friedrich, The Birth of the Archive: A History of Knowledge, tr. John Noël Dillon (Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, 2018).

    Vespasiano da Bisticci, The Vespasiano Memoirs: Lives of the Illustrious Men of the Fifteenth Century, tr. William George and and Emily Waters (Reprint; Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 1997) [online at Hathi Trust: https://catalog.hathitrust.org/Record/000376016].

    Madeline McMahon, “Matthew Parker and the Practice of Church History.” In Confessionalisation and Erudition in Early Modern Europe: An Episode in the History of the Humanities, ed. Nicholas Hardy and Dmitri Levitin (Proceedings of the British Academy 225: 116 – 153; Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2019), 116-153.

    Ingrid D. Rowland, The Scarith of Scornello: A Tale of Renaissance Forgery (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2004).


    Class 3: The Impact of Print

    *Ada Palmer, Reading Lucretius in the Renaissance (Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 2014).

    Christopher Wood, Forgery, Replica, Fiction: Temporalities of German Renaissance Art (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2008).

    E.J. Kenney, The Classical Text: Aspects of Editing in the Age of the Printed Book (Berkeley: University of California Press, 1974).

    Anthony Grafton, Joseph Scaliger: A Study in the History of Classical Scholarship, vol. 1: Textual Criticism and Exegesis (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1983), chaps. 1-3 [chapter 1 is available online as “On the Scholarship of Politian and its Context,” Journal of the Warburg and Courtauld Institutes 40 (1977) 150-188 and in Grafton, Defenders of the Text (Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 1991), chap. 2].

    Julia Gaisser, Catullus and His Renaissance Readers (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1993).

    *Luigi Battezzato, “Renaissance Philology: Johannes Livineius (1546-1599) and the Birth of the Apparatus Criticus,” in History of Scholarship, ed. Christopher Ligota and Jean-Louis Quantin (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 2006), 75-112.

    *Kristine Haugen, Richard Bentley: Poetry and Enlightenment (Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 2011), chaps. 6-7.


    Class 4: Origins of Palaeography

    *Anthony Grafton, Inky Fingers: The Making of Books in Early Modern Europe (Cambridge: Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 2020), chap. 3: “Jean Mabillon Invents Paleography.”

    *Madeline McMahon, “Ancient Letters and Old Paper: How Matthew Parker (1504 – 1575) Understood Medieval Books,” Book History 26.2 (Fall 2023), forthcoming.

    Ingo Herklotz, “Late Antique Manuscripts in Early Modern Study: Critics, Antiquaries and the History of Art,” in Amanda Claridge and Ingo Herklotz, Classical Manuscript Illustrations: The Paper Museum of Cassiano dal Pozzo, Series A—Antiquities and Architecture, Part Six (London: The Royal Collection and Harvey Miller, 2012), 51-89.

    Jan Marco Sawilla, Antiquarianismus, Hagiographie und Historie im 17. Jahrhundert: zum Werk der Bollandisten. Ein wissenschaftshistorischer Versuch (Tübingen: Niemeyer, 2009).

    Maciej Dorna, Mabillon und andere: die Anfänge der Diplomatik, tr. Martin Faber (Wiesbaden: Harrassowitz Verlag in Kommission, 2019).

    Michaela Braesel, Buchmalerei in der Kunstgeschichte: Zur Rezeption in England, Frankreich und Italien (Cologne, Weimar and Vienna: Böhlau, 2009).

    *Carmela Vircillo Franklin, “Reading the Popes: The Liber Pontificalis and Its Editors,”Speculum 92, no. 3 (2017), 607–629.