Medieval Manuscript- Scribe's Marks by Threetails

Medieval Manuscript- Scribe's Marks

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26 April 2015 at 00:22:41 MDT

Here are some pics of the manuscript I'm working with, a supposedly 13th century (possibly earlier or later) copy of Peter Lombard's Commentary on the Psalms.

The guy who was supposed to get back to me on Thursday with the original set of pics of the manuscript I'm working with finally got back to me, and now I can share them with you much sooner than anticipated!

These photos were taken with a smart phone (not my new camera) which means they aren't quite as good as the camera would have been, but I may still go back to the library at some point and do some high-quality shots.

Here we see an ornate rubricated (red accent) initial "A," but what really caught my eye about this one over all the other initials in the 180+ leaves of this book is the obvious pencil marks where the scribe hundreds of years ago laid out the text!

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    When you compare the A to the Q it looks like a different style or hand. Multiple scribes?

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      Likely. Several different initial styles exist throughout the text.

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      Edited with a better-quality pic of the same page.

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    Those pencil lines are just plain awesome.

    That's always my favorite part of examining old buildings and machines; finding hints of how they were made.

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      Yes indeed! It's kind of rare to find an example this old that is still so obvious.

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      Edited with a better-quality pic of the same page.