TextmanuscriptTextmanuscripts - Les Enluminures

les Enluminures

Manuscripts in the Curriculum

Program Description

For anyone studying the Middle Ages, there is no substitute for hands-on experience of actual medieval manuscripts.  Our way of making this happen is a unique and innovative program, “Manuscripts in the Curriculum,” which lends colleges, universities, and other educational institutions in North America a group of manuscripts during a segment of the academic year (semester, quarter, or summer session).  Although public display of the manuscripts is encouraged, central to the philosophy of the new program is the integration of real manuscripts into the curriculum in courses where students can work closely with original material under the guidance of a professor. 

“Manuscripts in the Curriculum,” a pilot program, began in January 2017 and concluded with the Fall semester of 2019.  For a glimpse of some of the programming at participating institutions, see below “The Program in Action.”

Manuscripts in the Curriculum II

This pilot program was such a success that we have continued it in a slightly revised form as “Manuscripts in the Curriculum II,” which began in September 2019 and continues through Fall 2022.  A group of nine manuscripts will be available for loan, including seven representative examples of types of medieval books, and two “wild-cards,” chosen by the participating institution (a sample list of manuscript is available on the pdf below).

There is a nominal cost ($5,000) for North American institutions to contribute towards the out-of-pocket expenses of the program (with an additional fee for participating Canadian institutions for international shipping and customs).  The fee covers administration, insurance, shipping, and condition reports.  It is our hope that this program will encourage participating institutions to discover and implement ways that manuscripts can continue to be used creatively in their curricula.

For further information, please contact: lauralight@lesenluminures.com

MANUSCRIPTS IN THE CURRICULUM II

MANUSCRIPTS IN THE CURRICULUM I - THE PROGRAM

SUGGESTIONS FOR TEACHING

THE PROGRAM IN ACTION - UNIVERSITY OF VICTORIA

THE PROGRAM IN ACTION - PEPPERDINE UNIVERSITY

THE PROGRAM IN ACTION - UNIVERSITY OF ROCHESTER

THE PROGRAM IN ACTION - ROCHESTER INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY

THE PROGRAM IN ACTION - IOWA LIBRARIES SPECIAL COLLECTIONS

THE PROGRAM IN ACTION - WALDO LIBRARY WESTERN MICHIGAN UNIVERSITY

THE PROGRAM IN ACTION - NEW COLLEGE OF FLORIDA

THE PROGRAM IN ACTION: SUDENTS' POSTERS, NEW COLLEGE OF FLORIDA

THE PROGRAM IN ACTION: ILLUMINATING LIFE, EXHIBITION CATALOGUE, UNIVERSITY OF GUELPH

Vulgate Bible

In Latin, illuminated manuscript on parchment
Northern France (Paris?), c. 1230-1250
77 illuminated foliate initials and 5 historiated initials by a Parisian atelier

This is among the smallest examples known of the Paris “pocket” Bible.  One tiny volume contains the entire biblical text, copied in a minute script on tissue-thin parchment and adorned with small painted initials, including five that are historiated.  Its text belongs to the recension known as the Paris Bible, the direct ancestor of the sixteenth-century Clementine Vulgate.  Although not in pristine condition, this is nonetheless an excellent example of a type of Bible of great importance both to the history of the Vulgate and to the history of the book in the Middle Ages.

View manuscript

TM 941
at curatorial service

Psalter

In Latin, illuminated manuscript on parchment
Southern Germany (diocese of Constance or Augsburg), c. 1240-60

Almost certainly copied for lay use, this German illuminated Psalter includes historiated initials depicting both Saint Francis and Saint Dominic, canonized only decades before the manuscript was produced.  Artistically, it is related to important illuminated south German Psalters now in Liverpool and Schaffhausen.  It is still bound in an early binding (with some restoration), and there are numerous signs of use throughout, including evidence that it was used to teach children to read.  Unusual and intriguing damage to the initials of Francis and Dominic warrants closer attention

View manuscript

TM 789
at curatorial service

PSEUDO-JEROME, Regula monacharum, ad Eustochium; and De Lapsu Virginis; JEROME, Aduersus Jovinianum; and De perpetua Virginitate Beatae Mariae, and other texts

In Latin, decorated manuscript on parchment
Northern Italy, c. 1450-1500

Remarkably well-preserved religious miscellany from Italy, featuring works by, and attributed to, Jerome. The clear script, idiosyncratic decoration, and ample margins suggest that it was produced for a wealthy lay-person to serve as an overview of Jerome’s works. There are numerous Italian compilations of Jerome’s works in institutional collections but few have been offered for sale in the past decade, and fewer feature the works in the present manuscript; the Schoenberg Database lists De Lapsu Virginis as a particularly scarce work, with only one other copy available for sale in 1957.

View manuscript

TM 559
at curatorial service

Portable Breviary (Augustinian Use)

In Latin, manuscript on parchment
Northern France, Paris?, c. 1460-80

Only fragments of this Augustinian Breviary are preserved here. Included are parts of the Psalter, Hymns, parts of the Common of Saints, and the Office of the Dead and Hours of the Virgin. Originally it probably also included a calendar, and Offices for the Year, arranged according to the Temporale and Sanctorale. The two remaining illuminated initials indicate that this was likely once an illuminated manuscript of considerable elegance.

View manuscript

TM 259
at curatorial service

Juvenal, Satyrae (Satires); with introductory verses to satires II, IV-VIII by GUARINO DA VERONA

In Latin, decorated manuscript on parchment
Northern Italy, c. 1460-1480

One of the most popular classical texts of all time, Juvenal’s Satires seldom appears on the market (only our copy is recorded in the Schoenberg Database since 1998).  Satirizing all aspects of everyday Roman life in elegant Latin, Juvenal’s text was particularly popular during the Renaissance, when it was used extensively in the schools.  Distinguishing our manuscript, preserved in its original binding, are verse introductions by humanist schoolteacher Guarino da Verona “the greatest master of the century,” along with much evidence of use by students.

View manuscript

TM 942
at curatorial service

ANTONINUS FLORENTINUS (ANTONIO PIEROZZI), Confessionale [version: Defecerunt scrutantes scrutinio] and other texts

In Latin and Italian, decorated manuscript on paper.
Northern Italy (Florence, Milan?), dated 14[6]2

This pocket handbook of confession contains texts to assist the confessor in his practical and daily tasks, notably the popular manual for confessors named Confessionale-Defecerunt. The additional textsthat complete the Confesionale are also of special interest, including an extract on women’s dress codes and the appended model of confession redacted in the vernacular. If the date of 1462 given in two colophons is correct, the present manuscript was assembled only a few years after the death of Antoninus de Florentia, canonized in the sixteenth century.

View manuscript

TM 498
at curatorial service

ALBERTUS DE PADUA (PADUENSIS), Expositio evangeliorum dominicalium et festivalium

In Latin, decorated manuscript on paper
Northern Italy (Brescia?) or Austria?, dated 1470

Dated manuscript of the Postillae for Sundays and Feast days, composed by Albertus de Padua (died 1328), an Augustinian Hermit. His Postillae associates exegetical commentaries on the selected Gospel readings for each Sunday or Feast day, immediately followed by two or three sermons. Published frequently in the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries, the Postillae of Albertus de Padua have not yet received a modern critical edition, which would take into account the some 30 manuscripts mostly in European institutional collections.

View manuscript

TM 588
at curatorial service

Office of the Dead (Use of St. Kunibert, Cologne); Prayers before celebrating Mass; Funeral service; Necrologium (added) 

In Latin, decorated manuscript on parchment
Germany, Cologne, 1487 and 1727 (with later additions)

Large in format, this carefully written and decorated liturgical manuscript from the important church of St. Kunibert in Cologne was used daily by the Canons for the liturgy associated with death and burial. Dated and with a known donor, it is preserved in an elaborate sixteenth-century binding. It also includes an eighteenth-century necrology with names, dates, and burial location, making this an important document both as a record of people associated with the community and for the physical organization of the Church and its altars.

View manuscript

TM 644
at curatorial service
headerDeco