For the next month or so, instead of Mondays being Diagram Day, they will be Dissertation Day! As I prepare my dissertation “Issues in the Rebinding of Medieval Illuminated Manuscripts: Facing the Future, Conserving the Past, and Creating Useable Objects for Today” for presentation at the International Conference for Books, Publishing, and Libraries in October, I’ll be posting summaries and expositions of portions of it for your reading pleasure.
Solving the Mystery of MS 19
The downside of long-lived institutions such as the University of Edinburgh Library is that some details and information doesn’t get passed down through successive generations of librarians and keepers. Edinburgh MS 19 is a fairly recent example of this. MS 19 is a French Bible Historial, completed sometime between 1314 and 1315, and apparently rebound sometime in the past 25 years. Luckily, the person or firm doing the rebinding retained the late 18th or 19th century University binding, but unluckily, they left no sign of who they were or why the rebinding was carried out!
Read more after the jump…