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Latin Palaeography: Antiquity and the Middle Ages

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A detailed account of the role of the book in cultural history from antiquity to the Renaissance outlines the history of book illumination and sets the development of Latin script in its historical context.
Paperback, 302 pages
Published April 12th 1990 by Cambridge University Press (first published March 30th 1990)
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I could put my whole three-and-a-half page precis on here, but that would be silly and devoid of opinion anyway.
This would be a great teaching text. If you want to go through this with someone who knows what he's talking about, do it. This is a packed overview with some great ideas about how history affected the evolution of writing, and it has a ton of pictures of the different scripts so you know what Bishchoff's talking about when he says the downward stroke of this or whatever.
But on your ow
Nicholas Whyte[return][return]This book is not a popular introduction, but a scholarly overview of the subject, and so it's a surprisingly good read, especially when you consider it was originally written in German.[return][return]The book starts with an overview of what was written and how - the shift from scroll to codex (a codex being what we normally refer to as a "book"); the shift from papyrus to parchment/vellum to paper; different inks; other things that were writ ...more
Would that I could memorize every tidbit of information in this tome. This is especially good for pre-cursive scripts.
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