Academic journal article Medium Aevum

Scrinium Berolinense: Tilo Brandis Zum 65. Geburtstag

Academic journal article Medium Aevum

Scrinium Berolinense: Tilo Brandis Zum 65. Geburtstag

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Scrinium Berolinense: Tilo Brandis gum 67. Geburtstag, ed. Peter Jorg Becker, Eva Bliembach, Holger Nickel, Renate Schipke, and Giuliano Staccioli, Beitrage aus der Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin - PreuBischer Kulturbesitz io (Wiesbaden: Reichert, 2000). 617 + 543 PP. + CD-ROM. ISBN 3-89500-158-9. DM 289.00. These two large and heavy tomes, containing ninety-nine articles and a CD-ROM of the Berlin copy of the third edition of the Ars moriendi blockbook, commemorate the ongoing academic work of a leading figure of the German book world, Professor Tilo Brandis, who was keeper of manuscripts at the Berlin State Library from 1973 to 1999. His works stretch from an edition of the poems of Der Harder in 1964 to his recent and innovative study of the place of the manuscript book during the transition from the Middle Ages to the Early Modern period in the Gutenberg-Jahrbucb ylh 1997. It is impossible to do justice to the contents of such a rich Festschrift in a few lines, and it is only feasible to do justice to few pointers to the specifically medieval items. There are studies of individual scriptoria, workshops, and collections: Santa Cecilia in Trastevere (early Romanesque illumination), the Cistercian abbey of Heiligenkreuz near Vienna (s. xii), St. Maximin Trier (sources of its patristic collection), the Premonstratensian nuns of Altenberg (s. xiii), the Austin canons of Eberhardshausen near Trier (1470s), the bookbinding workshop of 'Master W' in Osnabriick (s. xv), the private library of the Memmingen doctor Ulrich Ellenbog (1435-99). Articles on individual manuscripts and other single items include a reinterpretation of the famous Vienna portrait of a lady reading by a window', arguing that it is Mary of Burgundy, daughter of Charles the Bald and bride of Duke Maximilian of Austria, rather than Margaret of York, the presentation of a newly discovered Mosan enamel binding in St Petersburg (s. …

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