Facsimile reprint. octavo, dark blue boards in dust jacket. (xx), (386) pp. (Sandpiper , Item #17619
A classic study in regional palaeography, Loew's essay (first published in 1914) traces the development and decline of the script that originated in the scriptorium of the Benedictine monastery of Monte Cassino in the fifth century. Drawn almost entirely from original sources, this volume studies the script, the milieu of its development, the books written in it, and the prominent centers and individuals engaged in the copying of manuscripts over a period of five hundred years. The book includes chapters on the abbreviations and punctuation marks used in the scripts which are particularly valuable in accessing the content of manuscripts and dating them; literary evidence in the form of excerpts from contemporary writings; and an appendix listing over 600 Benevantan manuscripts. Very fine.