Academic journal article Medium Aevum

Latin Manuscript with Anglo-Saxon Glosses

Academic journal article Medium Aevum

Latin Manuscript with Anglo-Saxon Glosses

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Latin Manuscripts with Anglo-Saxon Glosses, ed. P. J. Lucas, A. N. Doane, and I. C. Cunningham, Anglo-Saxon Manuscripts in Microfiche Facsimile 5 (Tempe, Arizona: Medieval and Renaissance Texts and Studies, 1997). 51 pp. + 35 fiches (804 folios). ISBN 0-86698-217-5. $90.00

Volume 5 of the Anglo-Saxon Manuscripts in Microfiche Facsimile series consists of microfiche facsimiles of ten manuscripts, three of which are fragments, and a handbook describing each manuscript. The quality of the photographic images varies depending on the condition of the manuscript and on whether the fiche is produced from the film stock of the holding library or whether it is newly photographed. As with earlier volumes in the series, the accompanying handbook provides detailed descriptions of each manuscript, including a history of the manuscript, a codicological description, a collation, a list of contents, and a select bibliography; some descriptions also include notes drawing attention to special characteristics or problems of the photographic images.

The codicological descriptions and collations describe elements that cannot be gleaned by looking at the microfiche reproductions and are especially valuable to the scholar who does not have access to the originals. The detailed list of contents for each manuscript given in the handbook is admirable, but its utility in relation to the fiche is limited by the lack of cross-references between the two. Since the header information for each fiche does not signal the range of folio or page numbers it includes, finding one's way around a manuscript reproduction is not easy, unless the photographic image captures a clearly marked folio or page number from the original manuscript. …

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