Academic journal article Medium Aevum

A Digital Facsimile of Oxford, Bodleian Library, MS. Junius 11

Academic journal article Medium Aevum

A Digital Facsimile of Oxford, Bodleian Library, MS. Junius 11

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A Digital Facsimile of Oxford, Bodleian Library, MS. Junius 11 (CD-ROM), ed. Bernard J. Muir, software by Nick Kennedy, Bodleian Digital Texts 1 (Oxford: Bodleian Library, 2004). ISBN 1-85124-084-5. £49.95. The first in the Bodleian Library's series Bodleian Digital Texts, this facsimile edition on CD-ROM of one of four major surviving manuscripts of Anglo-Saxon poetry, Oxford, Bodleian Library, MS Junius 11, is a tour de force.

The CD, which is designed for use on PCs and Macs (see the system requirements below), contains high-resolution digital images of the entire Junius manuscript, including its binding; introductory material about the manuscript and its history; a commentary on its illustrations; a codicological analysis; a transcript of the manuscript's four texts in two formats (one by manuscript line and the other in verse); a modern English translation of the texts; annotations focusing on alterations or additions made to the texts; a bibliography; a very usefully illustrated section on how to use this electronic facsimile; and a powerful search tool that enables one to search anywhere in the texts (results are linked to the transcript and in turn to the folio of the manuscript on which they appear).

Entering into the various elements of this digital edition through the contents page and navigating in and around this set of resources is simple and user-friendly, but effective. For example, selecting thumbnails from the menu bar within the 'facsimile' section enables one to see the whole range of images of the manuscript on a single page and one can then select a particular folio to examine in detail; a square magnifier enlarges a small area containing individual words or features within the facsimile and a rectangular magnifier enlarges entire lines of texts or parts of images in a separate window at the bottom of the screen; selecting 'hot spots' shows line numbers against the text and boxes around items on a manuscript page that have annotations describing a particular feature (for example, an erasure or an abbreviation that may not be obvious); and the page navigator enables one to move backwards and forwards through the entire facsimile. …

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