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Les Enluminures publishes two series of catalogues devoted to the study of text manuscripts. The “Text Manuscripts” catalogues, published annually, are thematic publications that examine different aspects, functions, and traditions in manuscript production during the Middle Ages and the Renaissance. Our “Primers,” published throughout the year, present small curated collections of manuscripts, introducing specific genres of medieval manuscripts to a wider audience.  See below for our complete list; all are available for purchase and may be ordered below.  

Text Manuscripts Series

TRACES: PEOPLE AND THE BOOK

TRACES: PEOPLE AND THE BOOK

Text by Laura Light with a preface by Sandra Hindman, fully illustrated, in English

This catalogue focuses on books as material artifacts made and used by people: the people in the book, the people who made them, and (even more) the people who used them, read them and owned them. TEXT MANUSCRIPTS vol. 6

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WOMEN AND THE BOOK IN THE MIDDLE AGES AND THE RENAISSANCE

WOMEN AND THE BOOK IN THE MIDDLE AGES AND THE RENAISSANCE

Text by Laura Light with an introduction by Anne Winston-Allen, 127 pp., fully illustrated, in English

This catalogue showcases thirty-six manuscripts that demonstrate the important role that women played as authors, artists, scribes, patrons, and book-owners throughout the Middle Ages and the Renaissance. TEXT MANUSCRIPTS vol. 5

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SACRED SONG - CHANTING THE BIBLE IN THE MIDDLE AGES AND RENAISSANCE

SACRED SONG - CHANTING THE BIBLE IN THE MIDDLE AGES AND RENAISSANCE

Text by Laura Light and Susan Boynton, 104 pp., fully illustrated, in English

The fourth in our series of Text Manuscripts catalogues, "Sacred Song: Chanting the Bible in the Middle Ages and Renaissance," brings together thirty-two manuscripts from the fourteenth to the nineteenth centuries that represent different aspects of the chant tradition, as well as other forms of sacred music. TEXT MANUSCRIPTS vol. 4

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PATHS TO REFORM “THINGS NEW AND OLD”

PATHS TO REFORM “THINGS NEW AND OLD”

Text by Sandra Hindman and Laura Light with an introduction by David Lyle Jeffrey, 116 pp., fully illustrated, in English

This catalogue, third in a series of catalogues on text manuscripts, is called "Paths to Reform." The approximately thirty-five manuscripts presented here highlight the texts that inspired reform movements from the twelfth to the sixteenth century.  TEXT MANUSCRIPTS vol. 3

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ANTONIO TEMPESTA'S BLOCKS AND WOODCUTS FOR THE MEDICEAN 1591 ARABIC GOSPELS

ANTONIO TEMPESTA'S BLOCKS AND WOODCUTS FOR THE MEDICEAN 1591 ARABIC GOSPELS

Text by Richard S. Field, 27 pp., fully illustrated, in English

The essay in this catalogue examines seventy-three blocks designed by Antonio Tempesta for the Evangelium Sanctum Domini nostri Jesu Christis, the first complete Western appearance of the four canonical Gospels written in Arabic.

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BEFORE THE KING JAMES BIBLE

BEFORE THE KING JAMES BIBLE

Text by Laura Light and Sandra Hindman, 103 pp., fully illustrated, in English

This catalogue explains the pre-history of the King James Bible, “the book that changed the world,” with a complete introduction and short essays on thirty-seven manuscripts (organized in five different categories). TEXT MANUSCRIPTS vol. 2

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BINDING AND THE ARCHEOLOGY OF THE MEDIEVAL AND RENAISSANCE BOOK

BINDING AND THE ARCHEOLOGY OF THE MEDIEVAL AND RENAISSANCE BOOK

Text by Sandra Hindman and Ariane Bergeron-Foote, 88 pp., fully illustrated, in English

This catalogue includes an introduction, essays, a glossary, and a complete bibliography on manuscripts with original bindings. TEXT MANUSCRIPTS vol. 1

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Primers Series

PRIMER 8: BREVIARIES

PRIMER 8: BREVIARIES

Text by Laura Light, fully illustrated in English

Breviaries are one of the most common types of manuscript surviving from the later Middle Ages. The introduction to this primer provides a general guide to their history and contents.

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PRIMER 10: HEBREW MANUSCRIPTS

PRIMER 10: HEBREW MANUSCRIPTS

Text by Sharon Liberman Mintz and Shaul Seidler-Feller with Laura Light, fully illustrated, in English

Jews have been referred to as one of the “Peoples of the Book” – and with good reason. The Hebrew Scriptures occupy a central place in Jewish cultural and political life and consciousness.

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PRIMER 9: SCRIPT

PRIMER 9: SCRIPT

Text by Marc Smith and Laura Light

Appreciating and understanding the history of the scripts found in medieval and Renaissance manuscripts can be complicated. This is especially true for the scripts of the later Middle Ages. In this primer we focus on these later scripts, illustrated with thirteen examples dating from the late twelfth century to 1734.

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PRIMER 5: NEOGOTHIC

PRIMER 5: NEOGOTHIC

Text by Sandra Hindman with Laura Light, fully illustrated, in English

This Primer provides short introduction to a complex subject: how artists, scribes, and publishers in France, England, Germany, and the United States used the remote medieval past to articulate aesthetic principles in the book arts at the dawn of the modern era. We cover the period from about 1840 to about 1920. Although there are thirteen examples in this Primer, many include more than one work.

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PRIMER 7: DIPLOMATICS

PRIMER 7: DIPLOMATICS

Text by Christopher de Hamel and Ariane Bergeron-Foote, 32 pp., fully illustrated, in English

This primer provides a glimpse into the fascinating field of diplomatics, or the study of documents. Diplomatics is concerned mostly with the study of legal and administrative records through a detailed examination of their physical and textual (including linguistic) characteristics.

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PRIMER 6: MANUSCRIPT PRODUCTION

PRIMER 6: MANUSCRIPT PRODUCTION

Text by Richard H. Rouse (University of California) and Laura Light, 36 pp., fully illustrated, in English

“Manuscript Production,” the sixth volume in our series of “Primers,” addresses the most basic questions: how were manuscripts made? who made them? and even (in one case), how long did it take? None of these questions are necessarily easy to answe, but, as is shown here, the first step toward an answer involves careful study of manuscripts as material artifacts.

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PRIMER 4: BESTSELLERS

PRIMER 4: BESTSELLERS

Text by Pascale Bourgain (Ecole des Chartes) and Laura Light, 36 pp., fully illustrated, in English

“Bestsellers,” the fourth volume in our series of “Primers,” assembles a group of manuscripts that survive in many hundreds of copies to explore the idea of the medieval “bestseller.” Medieval “bestsellers” were the texts considered truly important, and thus preferentially copied, during the Middle Ages. The texts in this collection include some that are still read today, alongside others, of equal significance, that are hardly known even to scholars and almost certainly seldom read.

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PRIMER 3: LAW

PRIMER 3: LAW

Text by Susan L'Engle (Saint Louis University) and Ariane Bergeron-Foote, 36 pp., fully illustrated, in English

"Law," the third volume in our series of "Primers," provides an overview of one of the most complex genre of codices of the Middle Ages. The twelve manuscripts present a coherent collection tracking the development of western European law― civil and canon― from Justinian to the sixteenth century.

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PRIMER 2: ALCHEMY

PRIMER 2: ALCHEMY

Text by Lawrence Principe and Laura Light, 32 pp., fully illustrated, in English

"Alchemy," the second volume in the series of “Primers,” presents ten manuscripts from the collection of Joost R. Ritman in the Bibliotheca Philosophica Hermetica in Amsterdam. Professor Principe’s contributions to this volume present a useful up-to-date guide to the often misunderstood subject and argue for the rightful position of alchemy in the development of modern science.

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PRIMER 1: SERMONS

PRIMER 1: SERMONS

Text by Laura Light, 32 pp., fully illustrated, in English

Each small volume in the new series of “Primers,” introduces one genre of medieval manuscripts to a wider audience by providing a brief, general introduction, followed by descriptions of text manuscripts that belong to that genre. Also included is additional pedagogical material appropriate to the subject. "Sermons" is the first one volume in the series.

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