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  • "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."

  • Links to over a thousand manuscripts arranged by century and country of origin.

  • From the collections of the British Library, descriptions of and images from medieval and Renaissance manuscripts.

  • "This site provides access to over 80 early manuscripts now in institutions associated with the University of Oxford."

  • Description of the Hebrew and Jewish manuscript collection held at the University of Cambridge, Cambridge University Library.

  • 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.

  • 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."

  • Images of Gaelic manuscripts in Irish Script.

  • "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."

  • 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."

  • Digitised images of late medieval manuscripts originating from 15th-century German workshops.

  • 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."

  • Illustrated guide to European collections at the Library of Congress.

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