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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,…

Scribes

(957 words)

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

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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

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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…