9-month internship in the MSS section @ the BL


FELLOWSHIP: Nine-month internship in the Ancient, Medieval and Early Modern Manuscripts section, The British Library. 36 hours per week over normal business hours, full time for nine months.

The British Library is pleased to be able to offer a paid internship in the Ancient, Medieval and Early Modern Manuscripts section of the Western Heritage Department for a doctoral or post-doctoral student in History, History of Art or other relevant subject.

The intern will be involved in all aspects of the work of the Ancient, Medieval and Early Modern Manuscripts section, including responding to enquiries, providing talks for students and patrons, selecting and presenting manuscripts for display in our exhibition gallery, and cataloguing, thereby gaining insight into various curatorial duties and aspects of collection care.

During the internship at the Library, the intern will enjoy privileged access to printed and manuscript research material, and will work alongside specialists with wide-ranging and varied expertise.

The primary focus of the internship will be to enhance the online Digitised Manuscripts website by creating and supplementing catalogue entries for medieval manuscripts and accompanying images, and assisting with the Library’s Magna Carta exhibition, working under the supervision of the Lead Curator, Illuminated Manuscripts.

The internship is designed to provide an opportunity for the student to develop research skills and expertise in medieval and Renaissance art and history, and in presenting manuscripts to a range of audiences.

The programme is only open to students who are engaged actively in research towards, or who have recently completed, a PhD in a subject area relevant to the study of pre-1600 manuscripts, and who have a right to work in the UK.

The internship will start on 2nd February 2015 or as soon as relevant security checks have been completed. Applications are available on the British Library’s website,

Closing Date: 18th December 1014. Interview Date: 7th January 2015.

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La bibliothèque de Saint-Germain-des-Prés

CONFERENCE: Saint-Germain-des-Prés. Mille ans d’une abbaye à Paris, Académie des Inscriptions et Belles-Lettres, Paris, 4 – 5 décembre 2014.

Sous la direction de Roland Recht, Président de l’Académie des Inscriptions et Belles Lettres (AIBL), et Michel Zink, Secrétaire perpétuel de l’Académie, avec le concours de la Mairie du VIe arrondissement de Paris.


Jeudi 4 décembre 2014, 9h00
Mairie du VIème arrondissement (78, rue Bonaparte – 75006 Paris)
Président de séance : Monsieur Michel ZINK
*  Mot de bienvenue de Monsieur Jean-Pierre Lecoq (maire du 6ème arrondissement)
* Accueil par Michel Zink (Secrétaire perpétuel de l’Académie des Inscriptions et Belles-Lettres)
* Accueil par le père Benoist de SINETY (curé de la paroisse Saint-Germain-des-Prés)
* Présentation du colloque par Roland Recht (Président de l’Académie des Inscriptions et Belles-Lettres).

* Philippe Plagnieux, L’abbatiale du 11ème siècle de Saint-Germain-des-Prés : nouvelles perspectives de recherche
* Dominique Barthélémy, Le relèvement de Saint-Germain-des-Prés autour de l’an mil
* Nicole Bériou, Prédicateurs du dedans et du dehors. Traces de l’activité de prédication à Saint-Germain-des-Prés (10ème – 13ème siècle).

Président de séance : Monsieur François MOUNIER
* Jacques Verger, L’abbaye et l’université : entre le Pré-aux-Clercs et la Montagne Sainte-Geneviève
* Olivier Poncet, Pouvoirs et société à Saint-Germain-des-Prés de la Renaissance à Louis XIV
* Violaine Bresson et Grégory Chaumet, L’urbanisme du quartier de Saint-Germain-des-Prés à la fin du Moyen Âge.

Vendredi 5 décembre 2014, 10h00
Institut de France, sous la coupole (21, quai de Conti)
Président de séance : Monsieur Jacques VERGER
* Dany Sandron, Saint-Germain-des-Prés : une architecture de référence dans le paysage monumental parisien (12e-13e siècles)
* Andrew Tallon, L’espace acoustique de l’abbatiale de Saint-Germain-des-Prés
* Guy-Michel Leproux, Les peintres et sculpteurs de Saint-Germain-des-Prés au 16e siècle.

Président de séance : Professeur Roland RECHT
* Charlotte Denoël, Le scriptorium de Saint-Germain-des-Prés au 11ème siècle
* Père Jean-Robert Armogathe, La bibliothèque de Saint-Germain-des-Prés
* Roland Recht, Les Mauristes et l’Académie des Inscriptions et Belles Lettres (Quelques remarques en guise de conclusion).

Source: Libraria

From Pen to Press

EXHIBITION: From Pen to Press: Experimentation and Innovation in the Age of Print, Baltimore, The Walters Art Museum, 22 November 2014 – 12 Sunday 2015.

This exhibition explores that moment of tension, beginning with the publication of Gutenberg’s Bible in 1455, when printing was a new, experimental medium. The result was a fascinating interplay of formats that led to hybrid works, failed experiments, and entirely new forms of books. This story is especially pertinent now, as we are experiencing our own technological revolution, moving from printed book to digital publishing.

Member Tour: Wednesday, 10 December 2014
Time: 01:00 PM–02:00 PM
(For members and their guests. No registration necessary)
The museum invites members to join Lynley Herbert, assistant curator of Rare Books and Manuscripts for an exclusive tour of the exhibition.

Supported by Cynthia L. Alderdice, with additional support from Peter Kilpe & Jody Baller.

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Collaborative Doctoral Partnerships @ the BL


FELLOWSHIP: Collaborative Doctoral Partnerships at the British Library.

This is a reminder that the deadline for applications for a Collaborative Doctoral Partnership at the British Library is 4.00pm on Friday 28th November 2014. There is just one week left to apply – don’t miss out on this fantastic opportunity!

Six doctoral studentships are up for grabs, fully-funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council and with additional financial support of up to £1,000 per year from the British Library to cover travel and related research costs.

Each studentship will be jointly supervised by a member of the British Library curatorial team and an academic from a UK Higher Education Institution. There are nine potential research areas that range across the British Library collections, with one for the medieval period: ‘Understanding the Anglo-Saxons: The English and Continental Manuscript Evidence’.

The British Library has the largest holdings of Anglo-Saxon manuscripts in the world. We particularly welcome applications relating to network and knowledge exchange across early medieval Europe, the methods of making manuscripts and the development of script, perceptions of the past in Anglo-Saxon England, and comparable topics (see the advertisement for full details). A CDA in this field would fit exactly with the three-year period of research and preparation for the major British Library exhibition on the Anglo-Saxons, which is scheduled to open in October 2018.

We invite applications from Higher Education Institutions to work with us on this topic. We will select the six proposals with the strongest HEI applications to start in the next academic year, commencing October 2015. HEI applications will be assessed according to the following criteria:
- development of the research theme;
- the proposed academic supervisor’s research interests and expertise;
- the ability of the proposed Department to support the student;
- and evidence of previous successful collaboration with non-HEI partners.

The studentships will then be further developed in collaboration with the successful academic partner in each case before being advertised to prospective students. The successful student will contribute to the final agreed research topic.

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Medieval and Renaissance Journeys

CALL FOR PAPERS: Journeys through the Middle Ages and Renaissance Worlds,  University of Victoria, 6 – 8 March 2015.

Travels of all types provide ways of understanding the Middle Ages and Renaissance in terms of exchange, transformation, and knowledge.

By the word “travels,” we envision journeys of the mind, the body and the spirit. The theme of the conference includes mapping, historiography, migrations, nomadic cultures and people, movements of objects, inner journeys such as dream-visions, introspection or conversion, as well as explorations of gender and social identity, exile, adoption, foreign language acquisition etc.

On behalf of Mardinalia Research Collective, the Medieval Studies Course Union and the Program of Medieval Studies at the University of Victoria, we are inviting students and scholars to submit proposals for papers (20 min), creative performances, or art works pertaining to all types of journeys, from the 4th century CE up to the 17th century.

Submissions may address but are not limited to the following topics:
- Utopian Worlds and Imaginary Places
- Transoceanic journeys, Colonial expeditions, Commercial Encounters
- Migrations, Displacements, and Settlements
- Dream-visions and revelations
- Pilgrimages and spiritual journeys
- Travellers of all kinds and stations
- Voyages and Transfers of Ideas, Books, Technologies, Science etc.
- Networks of Knowledge.

Undergraduate students, graduate students and independent community researchers, creative scholars, artists and performers are encouraged to submit a proposal to journeys@uvic.ca. Late submissions will not be considered.

Please send the following:
- Title of the paper
- Paper Proposal (250 words maximum)
- Biography (100 words maximum)
- Additional Information: Email address, University, Area of Studies, and Status (Undergraduate/Graduate/Independent Researcher).

NB: Light lunches will be provided. Casual accommodation can be arranged. Travel expenses will not be covered.

Deadline: 14 December 2014.

Source: MAA Blog

I ‘Manoscritti datati d’Italia’ vent’anni dopo

CONFERENCE: Catalogazione, storia della scrittura, storia del libro. I Manoscritti datati d’Italia vent’anni dopo, Convegno internazionale di studi, Cesena, Biblioteca Malatestiana (Aula Magna), 4 – 5 dicembre 2014.


Giovedì 4 dicembre 2014, ore 9.30
* Christian Castorri (Assessore alla Cultura del Comune di Cesena), Saluti
* Teresa De Robertis (Presidente dell’AIMD), Saluti.

Presiede Teresa De Robertis (Università di Firenze)
* Albert Derolez (Comité Internationale de Paleographie Latine, Gand), I manoscritti datati e loro importanza per gli studi paleografici e codicologici
* Martina Pantarotto (Università E-Campus, Novedrate), Convivenze dicili – stabili sodalizi: i manoscritti compositi all’interno del corpus dei datati
* Gabriella Pomaro (SISMEL, Firenze), L’idiografo tra datato e databile
* Paolo Zanfini (Biblioteca Malatestiana, Cesena), Date & Dati. Una prima analisi quantitativa sui Manoscritti datati d’Italia
* Dominique Stutzmann (IRHT, Paris), Les catalogues de manuscrits datés et l’analyse des écritures: perspectives ouvertes par l’alignement texte-image et la catégorisation des écritures.

Presiede Nicoletta Giovè (Università di Padova)
* Stefano Zamponi (Università di Firenze), Littera textualis e lettera bastarda nei manoscritti datati
* Irene Ceccherini (IRHT, Paris), Per una storia della mercantesca attraverso i manoscritti datati
* Leonardo Granata (Università di Padova), Libri e scritture dell’umanesimo veneto del Quattrocento nei cataloghi di manoscritti datati
* Sandro Bertelli (Università di Ferrara), Il volgare italiano delle Origini nei Manoscritti datati d’Italia
* Giuliano Tanturli (Università di Firenze), Copisti in contado
* Sonia Chiodo (Università di Firenze), Un manoscritto datato e un problema di miniatura fiorentina di primo Trecento
* Laura Regnicoli (Università di Firenze) e David Speranzi (Università di Milano), Le collezioni private fiorentine nel corpus dei Manoscritti datati d’Italia.

Venerdì 5 dicembre 2014, ore 9,30
Tavola Rotonda: Presiede Stefano Zamponi (Università di Firenze)
Statuto e stato della catalogazione dei manoscritti in Italia e in Europa
Interventi programmati di Paola Degni (Università di Bologna), Paolo Eleuteri (Università di Venezia), Nicoletta Giovè (Università di Padova), Marilena Maniaci (Università di Cassino), Eef Overgaauw (Staatsbibliothek, Berlin), Marco Palma (Università di Cassino), Beat von Scarpatetti (Comité Internationale de Paleographie Latine, Basel), Caterina Tristano (Università di Siena),

Iscrizioni entro il 28 novembre 2014. Per informazioni e iscrizioni scrivere ad aimd.convegno.cesena2014@gmail.com

Les bibliothèques des Du Chastel et des Coetivy


NEWS: Jean du Chastel,, évêque de Carcassonne († 1475) : à propos d’un psautier et de sa « familia » bretonne.

En préparation un ouvrage sur les bibliothèques des DU CHASTEL et des COETIVY dans le contexte de la culture livresque bretonne à la fin du Moyen Âge. Içi une trouvaille toute récente sur un membre de la familia de l’évêque de Carcassonne, Jean du Chastel.

Fils d’Olivier du Chastel (x 2 février 1408) et de Jeanne de Ploeuc, frère de Tanguy (IV) du Chastel, protonotaire apostolique, archevêque de Vienne (nommé en 1446), administrateur de l’évêché de Nîmes (21 novembre 1453), abbé de Saint-Léonard de Ferrières (ancien diocèse de Poitiers) (1454), évêque de Carcassonne (juillet 1456), Jean du Chastel décède le 15 septembre 1475 dans sa maison prévôtale de Toulouse, et est inhumé le 26 septembre suivant, en la cathédrale Saint-Michel de Carcassonne.

Dans un article récent étaient relevé les déboires de Tanguy du Chastel et de son frère Jean au sujet des reliques de saint Pelade, et donné une liste des manuscrits possédés par l’évêque de Carcassonne, dispersés entre Glasgow, Copenhague, Paris, Holkham Hall et Coimbra au Portugal, liste au demeurant incomplète mais qui montre une certaine “atomisation” européenne de la bibliothèque du prélat ….

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Incunabula in the Westminster Abbey

BOOK: Christopher D. Cook, Incunabula in the Westminster Abbey and Westminster School Libraries, with bookbinding descriptions by Mirjam M. Foot, London 2013 (The Bibliographical Society), 185pp, 23 colour illustrations, £45.00.

Westminster Abbey is closely connected with the early history of printing in England: England’s first printer, William Caxton, had his workshop within the monastery walls. Both the Abbey and the adjacent Westminster School have profited by the learning and generosity of generations of bishops, deans, canons and teachers, who donated or bequeathed them their collections of incunabula.

Eighty-five editions of books printed before 1501, including seventeen fragments, several of great rarity and importance, have been described in this volume to be published by the Bibliographical Society. They reflect the scholarly interests and collecting habits of their former owners, ranging widely in subject and originating from a variety of European presses. The descriptions, by Christopher D. Cook, pay much attention to copy-specific features.

About half the volumes are in contemporary or near-contemporary bindings, mostly English, but several from the Continent, and these have been identified and described by Mirjam Foot. Many of the works have early annotations and/or marginal notes, bearing witness to their ownership and the use their readers made of them, as well as providing evidence for the importation of early books -bound and unbound-into England.

A detailed bibliography, concordances with major catalogues of incunabula elsewhere, indexes of printers, publishers, donors and former owners (with short biographies), copy-specific features, binders and binding features, complete this useful and interesting volume.