Western (European) Manuscripts
Among the Western manuscripts are over 500 medieval codices, including outstanding examples of calligraphy and illumination in books of hours, psalters and other devotional works. Most are in Latin, but fine illuminations also appear in English, French, Greek and Italian texts.
Manuscripts from important monastic and other centres are numerous, among them Bremen, Erfurt, Essen, Luxeuil, Murbach, Trier and Weissenau, and there are also many secular works including cartularies, royal wardrobe books and chronicles.
Post-medieval material has a strong emphasis on literary papers, as well as antiquarian collections, socio-historical material, and personal correspondence and papers. There are many original bindings, medieval jewelled book covers, and ivory carvings.
There are major collections of manuscripts in English, French, German, Greek, Irish, Italian, Latin and Spanish, with smaller collections or individual items in Bulgarian, Dutch, Hungarian, Icelandic, Mexican, Portuguese, Romanian, the Slavonic languages and Welsh.
Further information is avaiavle for the following collections:
- Dutch manuscripts
- English manuscripts
- French manuscripts
- German manuscripts
- Greek manuscripts
- Icelandic manuscripts
- Irish manuscripts
- Italian manuscripts
- Latin manuscripts
- Spanish manuscripts
Select list of other websites relating to Western (European) Manuscripts:
- Columbia University Library, Archives and Manuscript Collections Outside Columbia: modestly claims to be a selective guide to archives and manuscript collections, but in fact contains links to hundreds of repositories in the US (listed alphabetically) and elsewhere (by country).
- The Labyrinth: Resources for Medieval Studies (Georgetown University): contains links to online manuscript catalogues, major research libraries with manuscript collections, manuscript images, and references sources (links not updated recently).
- The British Library Manuscript Collections: information on the BL's manuscript collections, with links to the online manuscript catalogue, the digital catalogue of illuminated manuscripts, 'tours' of the collections and Turning the Pages exhibitions.
- Early Manuscripts at Oxford University: digital facsimiles of over 80 complete manuscripts, scanned directly from the originals.
- Digital Scriptorium: database of over 15,000 images from 3,500 medieval and renaissance manuscripts in U.S. libraries.
- Online Catalogues of Medieval Manuscripts in German Libraries : Manuscripta Mediaevalia Handschriftenkataloge (text in German).
- Medieval Manuscript Leaves: images of 51 leaves from medieval manuscripts in the Cary Collection, Rochester Institute of Technology, 12th-16th centuries.