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Best of the Web: Libraries & Book Trade » Manuscripts
Advanced Papyrological Information System
"APIS is a collections-based repository hosting information about and images of papyrological materials (e.g. papyri, ostraca, wood tablets, etc) located in collections around the world. It contains physical descriptions and bibliographic information about the papyri and other written materials, as well as digital images and English translations of many of these texts."
Bodleian Library Manuscripts
Links to over a thousand manuscripts arranged by century and country of origin.
Digital Catalogue of Illuminated Manuscripts
From the collections of the British Library, descriptions of and images from medieval and Renaissance manuscripts.
Early Manuscripts at Oxford University
"This site provides access to over 80 early manuscripts now in institutions associated with the University of Oxford."
Hebrew and Jewish Manuscripts
Description of the Hebrew and Jewish manuscript collection held at the University of Cambridge, Cambridge University Library.
Illuminating the Renaissance: The Triumph of Flemish Manuscript Painting in Europe
This "major international exhibition brings together more than 130 dazzling manuscripts, drawings, and paintings from 49 lenders worldwide, including the British Library, the Louvre, and the Metropolitan Museum of Art. It provides the first comprehensive look at the greatest epoch in Flemish manuscript illumination: the period between 1470 and 1560, when illuminators transformed the appearance of the illustrated page with a new naturalism that captured the imagination of collectors across Europe." From the J. Paul Getty Museum.
Interpreting Ancient Manuscripts
The focus of this scholarly site "is on the process used to study the ancient manuscripts upon which the New Testament is based. While the language discussed is Greek, almost everything is explained with transliterations into English and, where applicable, translations from standard English Bibles."
Irish Script on Screen
Images of Gaelic manuscripts in Irish Script.
Islamic Medical Manuscripts
"Here you can learn about Islamic medicine and science during the Middle Ages and the important role it played in the history of Europe. This site, with its biographies, colorful images, and extensive historical accounts of medieval medicine and science is designed for students and everyone interested in the history of Islamic and European culture."
Karpeles Manuscript Library Museums
This library is self-described as "the world's largest private holding of important original manuscripts & documents. The archives include Literature, Science, Religion, History and Art."
Late Medieval Illustrated Manuscripts from the Bibliotheca Palatina
Digitised images of late medieval manuscripts originating from 15th-century German workshops.
Location Register of 20th-Century English Literary Manuscripts and Letters
Surveys the holdings of modern literary manuscripts in British public libraries.
Extensive directory of resources from Humbul Humanities Hub.
This is an electronic facsimile of "one of Scotland's great medieval treasures. Written and illuminated in Paris in the 1280s, it also contains full-page miniatures by English artists of the same period, and was one of the most richly decorated manuscripts in medieval Scotland. Medieval additions include probably the second oldest example of Gaelic written in Scotland."
Rare Books and Manuscripts
Illustrated guide to European collections at the Library of Congress.