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03/09/2020

Fifteenth-century illustrated editions in the library of Santa Scolastica in Subiaco – Part II, 2

Among the noteworthy illustrated devotional books found at Subiaco are two collections of the Sermones de tempore et de sanctis of St Bernard of Clairvaux and one of the Meditationes vitae Christi.

15/04/2020

Fifteenth-century illustrated editions in the library of Santa Scolastica in Subiaco - Part II, 1

There are several illustrated incunable editions of devotional texts in the library of the monastery of Santa Scolastica, now a national monument. They include one edition of the Bible, printed in Venice in 1498 by Simone Bevilacqua, the Sermones of Bernard of Clairvaux and of St Vincent Ferrer, an edition of the Meditazioni di Cristo and one of the Rivelazioni of St Bridget.

15/04/2020

Fifteenth-century illustrated books in the library of Santa Scolastica in Subiaco - Part I

At the outset printed books, just like manuscripts, continued to be decorated manually by illuminators and other artists.  Indeed, often the same illuminators and artists and the same workshops worked on both printed books and manuscripts.

27/03/2020

Detectives with a Wood’s lamp: hunting for early users

It’s often the case with early books that the marks and other notes left by their previous owners have been cancelled by their successors – scored out heavily or lightly in ink, rubbed away or even removed completely by cutting them out – in the desire to take away all visible traces of the volumes’ previous provenance.

25/03/2020

The sacred book: close reading and lazy readers

It’s a fact that more grammars than Bibles were printed in the early modern period but during this period and throughout western Europe the Bible nevertheless was regarded as the supreme book, the book by definition.