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Scribes

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Author(s): Mengelkoch, Dustin
¶ The term scribe seemingly describes a neutral subject, that of a person who simply copied or wrote something by hand, for whatever purpose. Although it harkens back to the image of a mediaeval copyist …

Humanistic Script

(525 words)

Author(s): Mengelkoch, Dustin
¶ Humanistic script ( humanistic rotunda or formata) is not one particular script, but a system of scripts developed in Italy and used from the end of the fourteenth century through the middle of the sixteen…

Book Hunting

(986 words)

Author(s): Mengelkoch, Dustin
¶ Book hunting in the age before the printing press was largely an Italian humanist enterprise. Beginning with Lovato Lovati (1241–1309) and ending with Poggio Bracciolini (1380–1459) it spanned roughl…

Fifteenth-Century Humanist Manuscript Production

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Author(s): Mengelkoch, Dustin
¶ There is little doubt that after surveying the manuscript catalogues of the great modern libraries, the fifteenth century appears to be the most prolific century for manuscript production in history,…