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Online: Codex Sinaiticus - Western Manuscripts to 1500 - Early Manuscripts at Oxford University - Bodleian Library Manuscripts - Hill Monastic Manuscript Library - Dunhuang Project - Dscriptorium - Illumination and Calligraphy
Published on 17 Dec. 2009

Codex Sinaiticus

Codex Sinaiticus is one of the most important books in the world. Handwritten 1600 years ago, the manuscript contains the Christian Bible in Greek, and the oldest complete copy of the New Testament. Its heavily corrected text is of outstanding importance for the history of the Bible. The the manuscript is of supreme importance for the history of the book as the oldest substantial book to survive Antiquity. The Codex Sinaiticus reunites the entire manuscript in digital form and makes it accessible to a global audience for the first time. Drawing on the expertise of leading scholars, conservators and curators, the project gives everyone the opportunity to connect directly with this famous manuscript. A joint project of the British Library, the National Library of Russia, St. Catherines Monastery and Leipzig University Library.

Western Manuscripts to 1500

Western manuscripts up to 1500, collected in the Bodleian Library, Oxford. The Bodleian's special collections are divided into five main groups. Western manuscripts (in western languages, principally English and Latin) comprise a broad range of archives and manuscript volumes, from classical papyri and medieval illuminated manuscripts to modern political and scientific papers. The other library's special collections include important collections of western-language rare books & printed ephemera, as well as maps and music. The Bodleian's special collections also include oriental manuscripts and rare books (in oriental languages) comprising material from the Middle East and Asia, including books, manuscripts and even paintings in languages such as Arabic, Hebrew, Chinese, Sanskrit and Armenian.

Early Manuscripts at Oxford University

Early Manuscripts at Oxford University - Digital facsimiles of more than 80 complete manuscripts, now in institutions associated with the University of Oxford, scanned directly from the originals.

Bodleian Library Manuscripts

About a thousand images of manuscripts from 11th to 17th century, kept in the Bodleian Library at Oxford University

Hill Monastic Manuscript Library – Western and Eastern Christian Manuscripts

The Hill Museum & Manuscript Library for forty years. HMML has preserved more than 100,000 manuscripts on microfilm and in digital form, most of the Western Manuscripts and Eastern Christian Manuscripts. The collections of manuscripts before 1550 are particularly strong in theology, history, literature, philosophy, and music. Nearly half of them derive from libraries in Austria and Germany, but from Spain, Portugal, Switzerland, and England. It holds archival materials, and of particular importance are the Archives of the Knights of Malta, housed in the National Library in Valletta, and the Archives of the Roman Inquisition, located at the Cathedral Museum in Medina. Since the 1970s HMML has been actively photographing collections of eastern Christian manuscripts, and its collections of Armenian, Syriac, and Christian Arabic manuscripts are becoming the most significant resource for the study of eastern Christian manuscripts in the world. HMML has by far the world's largest collection of Ethiopian manuscripts preserved on microfilm and in digital form.

Dunhuang Project

The International Dunhuang Project - An international collaboration based at the British Library with more than 100,000 manuscripts, paintings, textiles and artefacts from Dunhuang and other Silk Road sites freely available on the Internet. Partners of the joint project: The British Library, London IDP Directorate (English Version), The National Library of China, Beijing (Chinese version), The Institute for Oriental Manuscripts, St Petersburg (Russian version), Ryukoku University, Kyoto (Japanese version), The Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Science and Humanities (German version), The Dunhuang Academy, Dunhuang (Chinese version), Bibliothèque nationale de France (French version)


Digital images of Medieval manuscripts, like “Chonique de Pierre le Prestre” (Bibliothèque Municiplae d’Abbeville) or « Le Jeu de Robin et Marion » (Bibliothèque Méjanes). Lots of links to other databases.

Illumination and Calligraphy

Paging Through Medieval Lives - Illumination and Calligraphy From Selected Collections, at the Department of Art and History, University of Utah

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