Kress Postdoc Fellowship at the Index


FELLOWSHIP: Kress Postdoctoral Fellowship at the Index of Christian Art, 2017-2018.

The Index of Christian Art is pleased to invite applications for a one-year postdoctoral fellowship for AY 2017-2018, with the possibility of renewal contingent on satisfactory performance.

Funded by a generous grant from the Kress Foundation, the Kress Postdoctoral Fellow will collaborate with permanent research and professional staff to develop taxonomic and research enhancements for the Index’s redesigned online application, which is set to launch in fall 2017.

Salary is $60,000 plus benefits for a 12-month appointment, with a $2,500 allowance provided for scholarly travel and research. The Fellow will enjoy research privileges at Princeton Libraries as well as opportunities to participate in the scholarly life of the Index and the Department of Art & Archaeology.

The successful candidate will have a specialization in medieval art from any area or period; broad familiarity with medieval images and texts; a sound grasp of current trends in medieval studies scholarship; and a committed interest in the potential of digital resources to enrich work in art history and related fields.

Strong foreign language and visual skills, the ability to work both independently and collaboratively after initial training, and a willingness to learn new technologies are highly desirable; previous experience in digital humanities, teaching, and/or library work is advantageous.

Applicants must have completed all requirements for the PhD, including dissertation defense, before the start of the fellowship. Preference will be given to those whose subject expertise complements that of current Index staff.

Applicants must apply on line, submitting a C.V., a cover letter, a research statement, and the names and contact information of three references. The position is subject to the University’s background check policy.

Applications will be reviewed 15 January 2016 and will continue until the position is filled.

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Manoscritti greci e latini a Napoli

CONFERENCE: Manoscritti greci e latini della Biblioteca Nazionale di Napoli “Vittorio Emanuele III”, Napoli, Biblioteca Nazionale, Sala “Rari”,  27 ottobre 2016. Giornata di studio organizzata da Giancarlo Abbamonte e Filippo D’Oria.


* Simonetta Buttò (Direttore della Biblioteca Nazionale di Napoli), Saluti
* Edoardo Massimilla (Direttore del Dipt. di Studi Umanistici dell’Univ. di Napoli Federico II), Saluti.

Presiede Filippo D’Oria (Univ. di Napoli Federico II)
* Emilia Ambra (Biblioteca Nazionale di Napoli), I codici greci nei fondi della Biblioteca Nazionale di Napoli
* Maria Rosa Formentin (Univ. di Trieste), Libri possessori scribi: i fondi greci della Biblioteca Nazionale di Napoli
* Paolo Eleuteri (Univ. Ca’ Foscari di Venezia) presenta il Catalogus codicum Graecorum Bibliothecae Nationalis Neapolitanae, vol. III a c. di M.R. Formentin (Indici e Cataloghi N.S. VIII), Roma 2015
* Filippo D’Oria, Pasquale Baffi primo catalogatore dei codici greci di Napoli.

Visita alla Sezione “Manoscritti” della BNN.

Presiede Marc Deramaix (Univ. de Rouen; E.R.I.A.C; Inst. Universitaire de France)
* Concetta Bianca (Univ. di Firenze) e Giancarlo Abbamonte (Univ. di Napoli Federico II) discutono con l’autore l’edizione del De rebus per epistulam quaesitis di Aulo Giano Parrasio, curata da Luigi Ferreri (Roma), Roma 2012.

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In Search of Crusader Art

CALL FOR PAPERS: In Search of Crusader Art: Current Approaches and New Perspectives, 4th Forum Medieval Art, Berlin and Brandeburg, 20 – 23 September 2017. Organizer: Ioanna Christoforaki (Athens).

Although the concept of crusader art is effortlessly understood by scholars, its precise definition is notoriously elusive. Crusader art has traditionally been described as the figural art and architecture produced for the Crusaders in the Holy Land. The patrons were men and women, laymen as well as clergymen, who arrived to the Holy Land as pilgrims, soldiers, settlers, rulers, or merchants, while the artists were Franks and Italians who were residents in the Outremer, Westerners who travelled to the Latin East, or Eastern Christians who worked for Crusader patrons.

In recent decades, however, this conventional definition of crusader art has been challenged. Since it sits on the boundaries of many artistic traditions, its borders have become more porous. The centres of production have shifted beyond the Holy Land, to include places like Cyprus. From Sinai to Cilician Armenia, multifold artistic traditions have converged and numerous people have interacted in the production of what is recognised as crusader art.

The aim of this session is to reflect critically on the limitations of terminology, while addressing issues of artistic transmission across the fluid borderland of the Medieval Mediterranean. It will seek to expand the cultural dialogue between the various religious and ethnic groups in the Eastern Mediterranean, by examining how Islamic, Syrian and Jewish artistic traditions interacted with the Byzantine and Western paradigms. It will attempt to identify the varied forms of crusader art that have emerged in recent years and explore how this revised corpus of crusader material challenges accepted notions. Finally, it will inquire whether crusader art, as an essentially transcultural contact zone, acted as an agent of separation, communication, or convergence.

This session invites papers which re-evaluate traditional approaches to crusader art, artefacts and architecture and seek to re-examine the interplay between material culture, patrons and artists. Participants are expected to explore the artistic interaction between the different ethnic groups in the region and are encouraged to explore a novel approach in defining the notion of crusader art.

Plaese send proposals at

Deadline: 31 October 2016.

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L’Archivio dei possessori è in linea


WEBSITE: L’Archivio dei possessori della Biblioteca dell’Archiginnasio di Bologna è in linea.

L’Archivio dei possessori dell’Archiginnasio è una base dati che raccoglie le riproduzioni dei segni di possesso presenti sui volumi posseduti dalla biblioteca, divisi per tipologie: note manoscritte, timbri, ex libris, ex dono, superlibros e segnature di collocazione.

Si propone come strumento di supporto allo studio della formazione delle raccolte della biblioteca, con particolare attenzione alle provenienze: le corporazioni religiose soppresse durante il periodo napoleonico e poi successivamente dopo l’unità d’Italia e i numerosi donatori che dalla fonda- zione della biblioteca ne hanno incrementato il patrimonio librario.

A questi si aggiungono i possessori identificati nel corso del lavoro di catalogazione in SBN dall’ufficio di catalogazione del libro antico. L’Archivio dei possessori verrà costantemente aggiornato, parallelamente al lavoro di schedatura.

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Manuscrits: innovation et coopération

CONFERENCE: Manuscrits: innovation et coopération / Manuscripts: innovation and cooperation, CERL Annual Seminar 2016, Thursday 20 October 2016, Petit Auditorium, Site François-Mitterand, Bibliothèque nationale de France, Paris.


* Laurence Engel (Présidente de la Bibliothèque nationale de France) and Ulf Göranson (Chairman, CERL), Opening & Welcome

Chair: Ivan Boserup (Det Kongelige Bibliotek, Copenhagen)
* Camille Poiret (BnF, département de la Coopération), Updating and modernizing the French Manuscripts Union Catalogue: a collaborative project for enriching and improving the Catalogue collectif de France 
* Lucia Negrini (ICCU, Rome), ManusOnLine, the Italian proposal for manuscript cataloguing: new implementations and functionalities
* Anna Clareborn (Uppsala University Library), ALVIN, a Swedish platform for preservation and availability of cultural heritage material.

Chair: Ulf Göranson (CERL Chairman)
* Marie-Hélène Tesnière (BnF, département des Manuscrits), La Librairie royale sous Charles V et Charles VI (1364-1422): reconstitution et survie d’un patrimoine intellectuel 
* Kristian Jensen (British Library), La numérisation comme ressort de la recherche: le projet Polonsky et son environnement à la British Library 
* Jutta Weber (Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin), The Humboldt Project.

Chair: Claudia Fabian (Bayerische Staatsbibliothek, Munich, and LIBER)
* Christoph Flüeler and Veronika Drescher (Université de Fribourg), Mettre à l’épreuve l’interopérabilité: Fragmentarium – International Digital Research Lab for Medieval Manuscript Fragments 
* Matthieu Bonicel (BnF, responsable de l’Innovation auprès de la Direction générale), Rompre avec la logique des silos: le protocole IIIF
* Guillaume Fau (BnF, département des Manuscrits), Numérisation, édition, éditorialisation: retour sur la valorisation du fonds Marcel Proust de la Bibliothèque nationale de France
* Cécile Geoffroy-Oriente (BnF, département des Arts du spectacle), ADDN: signalement, conservation pérenne et communication des documents numériques natifs.

Chair: Jutta Weber (Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin)
* Alex Jahnke (Data Conversion Group, Göttingen), The CERL Thesaurus: identifying persons, institutions and places of our printed and written heritage 
* Anne-Marie Turcan-Verkerk (École pratique des Hautes Études, Paris), Fédérer la recherche sur le patrimoine écrit du Moyen Âge et de la Renaissance: Biblissima.

Exhibition visit.

Attendance is free, but please register here

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In ricordo dell’alluvione di Firenze


LECTURE: Per ricordare il Cinquantenario dell’alluvione che il 4 novembre 1966 colpì gravemente il patrimonio culturale di Firenze, la Biblioteca nazionale centrale ha promosso una serie di manifestazioni, tra cui la conferenza annunciata qui sotto.

Carlo Federici, L’alluvione e la polisemia del restauro, Biblioteca Nazionale Centrale, Piazza Cavalleggeri 1, Firenze, 3 novembre 2016, ore 17:00. Introduce e coordina Luca Bellingeri, direttore della Biblioteca Nazionale Centrale di Firenze.

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Manuscript Cataloger, Berkeley Law (CA)

JOB: Manuscript Cataloger, The Robbins Collection at the University of California School of Law, Berkeley (CA). Salary Range: Associate Librarian: $53,116 – $59,089 per annum, based upon qualifications. Start Date: 15 January 2017. Two-year (24-month) term contract position.

The Robbins Collection at the University of California School of Law (Berkeley Law) is seeking a manuscript cataloger whose primary responsibility will be to prepare item-level catalog records of medieval and early modern (i.e., pre-1800) manuscript codices, documents, and fragments. This is a full-time temporary appointment for two years. The successful candidate will have a demonstrated understanding of medieval and early modern manuscript books and documents, experience with cataloging single-item manuscripts, advanced knowledge of Latin, knowledge of other European languages, familiarity with descriptive standards and strong communication skills.

Berkeley Law is one of the nation’s premier law schools, located at one of the world’s great universities. Berkeley Law confers degrees in two instructional programs for more than 900 graduate students. The school has 53 FTE ladder-rank faculty, over 100 other academic staff (lecturers, emeriti, and visitors), a law library, a rare books and special collections library, two organized research units, a clinical program, and specialized academic centers.

The Robbins Collection ranks among the very best research libraries in the world in the fields of religious and civil law and attracts students and leading scholars from universities and research institutions around the world. Although independently funded, the Robbins Collection’s location at Berkeley Law greatly enhances the educational aspect of its mission, providing unique educational opportunities for students interested in comparative and historical approaches to law.

The Collection houses more than 340,000 titles on such topics as civil law, comparative law, jurisprudence, legal history, and religious law encompassing the canon law of the Roman and Greek churches, Jewish law and Islamic law. The Collection’s holdings include more than 300 manuscript books, more than 300 incunables, more than 150 manuscript documents and fragments, electronic resources for historical legal research, and microfilms of the Canon and Roman law manuscripts in the Vatican Library.

Next review date: 14 November 2016 (apply by this date to ensure full consideration by the committee). Final date: 28 April 2017 (pplications will continue to be accepted until this date, but those received after the review date will only be considered if the position has not yet been filled).

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Printing and Humanism in Renaissance Italy

BOOK: M. D. Feld, Printing and Humanism in Renaissance Italy. Essay on the Revival of the Pagan Gods, edited with an Introduction by Cynthia M. Pyle; Foreword by Marino Zorzi, Roma 2015 (Roma nel Rinascimento), pagine 360, € 38,00.

This book presents a highly interdisciplinary Renaissance story, the intellectual history of the introduction of printing into Italy, 1464-1473, under the auspices of Nicholas of Cusa, Cardinal Bessarion, and the Mainz printers Sweynheym and Pannartz, printing first at Subiaco, then in Rome. It is a tale of 15th century syncretism in the context of Roman humanism: the politically astute sequencing of Pagan and Church texts in an elaborately planned printing program, edited and with prefaces by Giovanni Andrea Bussi, and later edited by Niccolò Perotti.


Foreword by Marino Zorzi (pp. IX-XI)
Introduction by Cynthia M. Pyle (pp. XIII-L)
Acknowledgements (pp. LI-LII)
Note on the Text (p. LIII)
Bibliography of Works Published by M.D. Feld (pp. LV-LVIII).

* Chapter I: The Early Evolution of the Authoritative Text (pp. 1-41)
* Chapter II: Constructed Letters and Illuminated Texts: Regiomontanus, Leon Battista Alberti, and the Origins of Roman Type (pp. 43-64)
* Chapter III: Sweynheym and Pannartz, Cardinal Bessarion, Neoplatonism: Renaissance Humanism and Two Early Printers’ Choice of Texts (pp. 65-118)
* Chapter IV: The Sibyls of Subiaco: Sweynheym and Pannartz and the Editio Princeps of Lactantius (pp. 119-136)
* Chapter V: A Theory of the Early Italian Printing Firm. Part I: Variants of Humanism (pp. 137-173)
* Chapter VI: Theory of the Early Italian Printing Firm. Part II: The Political Economy of Patronage (pp. 175-211).

Appendix I: The First Roman Printers and the Idioms of Humanism [[An Exhibition]] (pp. 213-282)
- An Introduction
- Bibliographies Cited
- Catalog of the Exhibition
Appendix II: Review Article by Giuseppe Lombardi (1991) Translated by Cynthia M. Pyle (pp. 283-288)
General Index (Persons and Subjects) (pp. 289-298).

Stolen Leaves and Cuttings


NEWS: Stolen Leaves and Cuttings.

My friend Peter Kidd has been asked to spread the word about a number of leaves and cuttings that were stolen from a private collection in London a few years ago. Rather than post them all at once, he will aim to do one per day for the next several days and then do a cumulative list that you can print out and keep handy for future reference.

Please circulate the details to colleagues. If you see, or have seen, any of them please contact

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Comparative Histories of the Book

CALL FOR PAPERS: Comparative Histories of the Book, “Bibliography among the Disciplines” Conference, Rare Book School, 114 Alderman Library, University of Virginia, Philadelphia (PA), 12 – 15 October 2017.

What is a book? How is it read and by whom? Where is it stored or displayed? What constitutes its worth? Answers to such questions are manifold, varying not only over time and by location, but also among the askers.

Vessels of knowledge and vehicles of communication, books serve as a point of contact among the disciplines; their histories of mutual concern. Material artifacts, their physical and aesthetic forms are of interest to object-oriented fields of study.

Humanists, scientists, curators, conservators, collectors, librarians, and archivists approach books with their own questions and tools of investigation. Their diverse modes of interrogation yield different kinds of information, yet these distinct insights often remain unshared, siloed within the communities to which investigators belong.

This session posits that multiple histories invigorate methodologies and are especially essential to understanding books. We seek individually or collaboratively authored papers at disciplinary, cultural, and professional crossroads that explicitly consider the implications of comparative practices, as well as the mechanics of such work.

Bibliography among the Disciplines, a four-day international conference, will bring together scholarly professionals poised to address current problems pertaining to the study of textual artifacts that cross scholarly, pedagogical, professional, and curatorial domains.

The conference will explore theories and methods common to the object-oriented disciplines, such as anthropology and archaeology, but new to bibliography. The program aims to promote focused cross-disciplinary exchange and future scholarly collaborations.

Please submit a proposal of no more than 500 words. Session organizers Megan C. McNamee and Caroline Wigginton.

Papers will be pre-circulated, and participants will give five-minute summary presentations at the conference.

Deadline: 25 October 2016.

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Texts and Contexts Conference (2016)

CONFERENCE: Texts and Contexts Conference, Ohio State University, Interfaith Prayer and Reflection Room, The Ohio Union, 1739 N. High Street, 21 – 22 October 2016.

Texts and Contexts is an annual conference held on the campus of the Ohio State University devoted to Medieval and Renaissance manuscripts, incunables and early printed texts in Latin and the vernacular languages. The conference solicits papers particularly in the general discipline of manuscript studies, including palaeography, codicology, reception and text history. In addition to the general papers (of roughly 20 minutes), the conference also hosts the Virginia Brown Memorial Lecture, established in memory of the late Virginia Brown, who taught paleography at the Pontifical Institute of Mediaeval Studies for some 40 years.


Friday, 21 October 2016
* Frank T. Coulson (Director of Palaeography, Center for Epigraphical and Palaeographical Studies, The Ohio State University), Welcome.

Session I: Mythography in the Middle Ages
Organizer and Moderator: Jamie Fumo (Florida State University)
* Leah Schwebel (Texas State University), Invention and the Literary Tradition of Troy
* Jamie Fumo (Florida State University), Dreaming in Vernacular: Morpheus and Medieval Participatory Fiction
* Christopher Jensen (Florida State University), “En l’aage de quinze ans”: The Figure of Hector in BL Harley 4431.

Session II: Glossed Manuscripts
Moderator: Michael Meckler (Permanent Fellow, Center for Epigraphical and Palaeographical Studies, The Ohio State University)
* Anna A. Grotans (The Ohio State University), ‘Trivial’ Classroom Texts
* Leslie Lockett (The Ohio State University), Carolingian Glossed Manuscripts of Augustine’s Soliloquia and their Relationship to the Old English Soliloquies
* Haruko Momma (Institute for Advanced Study, University of Notre Dame), Cynewulf’s Epilogues as Paratexts; or How to Do Things with Saints.

Session III: Charles L. Babcock Memorial Session
Moderator: Frank T. Coulson (Director of Palaeography, Center for Epigraphical and Palaeographical Studies, The Ohio State University)
* Gene Baron (Ph.D., The Ohio State University; St. John’s Preparatory School, Danvers, MA), The Laudatio Turiae and the Real Marcus Aemilius Lepidus
* Tina Chronopoulos (Binghamton University, SUNY), Money is Evil – 12th-Century Commentaries on Horace’s Odes.

Virginia Brown Memorial Lecture, Reception – Barbie Tootle Room, 3156 The Ohio Union, 1739 N. High Street
* Anna A. Grotans (The Ohio State University), Introduction
* Gregory Hays (University of Virginia), Mapping Medieval Mythography.

Saturday, 22 October 2016
Session IV: Medieval Latin Texts
Moderator: Tina Chronopoulos (Binghamton University, SUNY)
* Christopher A. Jones (The Ohio State University), An Unedited Poem from Twelfth-Century Cluny: The Relatio metrica de duobus ducibus
* Patrizia Carmassi (Virginia Brown Fellow, Center for Epigraphical and Palaeographical Studies), Texts and Contexts in the Medieval Manuscript Collection of Marquard Gude (Herzog August Bibliothek).

Session V: Varia
Moderator: William Little (The Ohio State University)
* Ayelet Even-Ezra (Hebrew University of Jerusalem), Thinking through drawing: Horizontal Tree Diagrams in 13th-century University Manuscripts
* Edit Anna Lukács (Institut für Österreichische Geschichtsforschung, University of Vienna), Bible Commentaries from the University of Vienna (1384 – c.1420) in Their Institutional and Historical Context: Some Case Studies
* Thomas A. Bredehoft (Chancery Hill Books and Antiques), Some Nineteenth-century Schoolbooks bound in Manuscript Fragments.

Session VI: The Biblioteca Guarneriana
Moderator: Frank T. Coulson (Director of Palaeography, Center for Epigraphical and Palaeographical Studies, The Ohio State University)
* Kaelyn McAdams (President, Mappa Mundi, CMRS undergraduate student association), Introduction
* Frank T. Coulson (Center for Epigraphical and Palaeographical Studies, The Ohio State University), Hitherto Unedited Mediaeval and Humanistic Commentaries on Classical Authors from the Biblioteca Guarneriana
* William Little (The Ohio State University), A Newly Discovered Humanist Commentary on Ovid’s Fasti.

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‘British Libraries’: The Panizzi Lectures 2016


LECTURES – ‘British Libraries’: The Panizzi Lectures 2016 by Dr Rowan Williams, Master of Magdalene College (Cambridge) and former archbishop of Canterbury, British Library’s Conference Centre, 96 Euston Road, London NW1 2DB, Monday 10 October, Wednesday 12 October and Monday 17 October at 18.15. There is free admission and no ticketing: seats will be available on a first come, first served basis.

Every year since 1985, the British Library has hosted a series of lectures on the history of the book. These lectures are known as the Panizzi lectures in honour of Sir Anthony Panizzi (1797–1879), an Italian immigrant and patriot who became the Keeper of Printed Books and later Principal Librarian of the British Museum. He doubled the reading room’s staff and number of printed books, transforming the British Museum’s library into a world class institution.

This year, the Panizzi Lectures are being delivered by Dr Rowan Williams, Master of Magdalene College, Cambridge, and former archbishop of Canterbury, on the subject of ‘British Libraries: the literary world of post-Roman Britain’. Dr Williams’s lectures will focus, in turn, on the libraries and books which influenced ‘Gildas and the Invention of Britain’; ‘Bede and the Invention of England’; and ‘Nennius and the Invention of Wales’.

The British Library holds several early copies of the texts on which the lectures will focus. For example, our manuscript of Gildas’s De excidio et conquestu Britanniae (‘On the ruin and conquest of Britain’) is now available on Digitised Manuscripts (Cotton MS Vitellius A VI). Apart from a shorter, 9th-century fragment that survives in Bibliothèque Carnegie de Reims, MS 414, this 10th-century copy is the oldest surviving copy of Gildas’s admonition of British leaders for their sins and defeats. This copy was rescued from the Ashburnham House fire of 1731, hence the fire and water damage to its pages.

Several copies or fragments of Bede’s Ecclesiastical History of the English People are also available on Digitised Manuscripts, such as Royal MS 13 C V and Egerton MS 3278. These include Cotton MS Tiberius A XIV which, although not the very earliest copy of the Ecclesiastical History, is among the important early witnesses of Bede’s work. The manuscript was made sometime in the late-8th or early 9th-century, within a few decades of Bede’s death. Although this manuscript could arguably have been made in either Southumbria or Northumbria, some scholars have linked it to Bede’s own monastery at Wearmouth-Jarrow. This manuscript might therefore have belonged to one of the most notable early British libraries, as well as demonstrating that monastery’s output.

The British Library also holds several copies of the Historia Brittonum (which used to be attributed to Nennius), an account of the history of Britain from the alleged settlement of the island by Trojan refugees to about 829 AD. One of the earliest of these manuscripts is Harley MS 3859.

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