Harrassowitz Verlag, 2016,
First Edition. quarto, pictorial boards. 368 pp. Harrassowitz Verlag, New. Item #25838
Medieval manuscripts were conceived to move from one set of hands to the next. Holding a book presented possibilities, and possessing a book implied power. Thus, books functioned as potent connectors. They bound producers with consumers, givers with recipients, writers with readers, writers with writers, and readers with readers. Books linked many generations and were intended to last. Hands attached messages in colophons, prayers, scribal notes, glosses, word plays, self-images, and other inserted materials. Hands also left traces in the form of penciled users' names, threats, curses, corrections, erasures, worn and torn pages, finger prints, and dirt. Contributors to this collection of essays analyze the ways in which the manuscript medium served and challenged communication. Sensorial empathies helped to construct communal identities that overcame barriers of time, class and calling. Diachronic communities formed around books in both men's and women's monasteries. Librarians, collectors, and makers of facsimiles strove to preserve these hand-made, handed down objects. Ten medievalists with specialties in history, musicology, art history, and the history of literature provide articles based on discussions that took place at an international workshop supported by the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft at the Herzog August Bibliothek in Wolfenbüttel in 2012. Text in English and German: Corine Schleif, Haptic Communities: Hands Joined in and on Manuscripts; Gabriela Signori, Textual Communities: Die fruhmittelalterliche Regula solitariorum und die Waldbruder und .schwestern im spatmittelalterlichen St. Gallen; Alison Stones, Altering the Painted Page: Reception and Change in Some French Liturgical and
Civic Manuscripts, Thirteenth, Fourteenth Centuries; Judith Oliver, Too Many Cooks?
The Multiple Hands in a German Convent Homilary (Oxford, Bodleian Library, Ms. Douce 185); Barbara Haggh-Huglo, From Hand to Hand: Transfers of Liturgical Books in the Diocese of Cambrai in the Late Middle Ages; Volker Schier, An Editor Inserts Himself: The Case of Johannes in Wolfenbuttel, Herzog August Bibliothek, Cod. Guelf; Matthias Eifler, Bucher in den Handen von Klosterbibliothekaren. Befunde aus dem 15. und fruhen 16..Jahrhundert am Beispiel der Kartause und des Benediktinerklosters in Erfurt; Nancy van Deusen, Where’s Muri? The Progress of a Manuscript Collection with a Destiny
of Dissolution; Madeline H. Caviness and Hiram Kümper, An Early Eighteenth-century Attempt to Publish a Facsimile of Two Sachsenspiegel Manuscripts; Biographic information on the authors; Color plates/ Farbabbildungen; Index.