Los Altos Hills: Anderson-Lovelace / The Red Gull Press, 1996,
First Edition. quarto, buckram. xvi, 256pp, 138 black & white illustrations; 20 color. Anderson-Lovelace / The Red Gull Press, Item #11837
In this volume the methods of codicology join those of traditional textual analysis to shed light on how the Latin classics were produced, illustrated, used, and collected in the Middle Ages. Several essays provide an overview of the production and acquisition of manuscripts of the classics; others offer detailed accounts of the work of individuals, from the Carolingian scholars Dungal and Lupus of Ferrieres to the Florentine scribes and artists whom the humanist Vespasiano de Bisticci organized to meet the demands of his Medici patrons, among others. Careful copying by an unknown Carolingian artist allows the reader to glimpse a now lost Late Antique illustrated copy of Terence; two lavish manuscripts disclose a particular reception of the story of Alexander the Great in the southern Netherlands in the later Middle Ages. The medieval classroom is evoked in an essay on the use of Horace by medieval teachers, and the monastic communities of the Netherlands in a study of an important library catalogue. Through their skillful detection, interpretation, and analysis, twentieth-century scholars of the Latin classics reveal how the heritage of Antiquity was preserved and used by readers, teachers, and collectors in the Middle Ages. The volume concludes with a copiously illustrated survey of the manuscripts ov Cicero held in the Leiden University Library, which draws attention to the diverse practices of medieval book production revealed by a study embracing the whole range of manuscripts. Several spots along top edge of jacket have mouse nibbles, else a fine copy. Extensively illustrated in black and white and in color.