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…

Keep reading

Watching librarians and scholars handle materials, hearing their stories of loss, witnessing their constant vigilance against the threat of carelessness, affirms my long-held suspicion that research, attention, and careful arrangement—the touch that allows everything to find its right place—are sure signs of unconditional love. There is satisfaction in housing, in placing. The books on their shelves, the manuscripts in their boxes, the personal effects nestled in tissue, and, on a larger scale, the security guards and heavy doors and card swipe elevators—all of these constructs hum with the energy of human devotion.
—  Jenn Shapland, “Finders Keepers” in Tin House

Timucua, Tourists, Trouble… and Treasure

Thursday, September 3, 6:30 – 7:30 pm

Winter Garden Library, 805 East Plant Street

Lake Apopka has always served as a life-sustaining engine for West Orange County.Timucua, Trains, Trees… and Treasure is a PowerPoint lecture featuring images that portray the life and history of the vast lake and its surrounding region.

The program, presented by the  Winter Garden Heritage Foundation, will cover everything from the lake region’s earliest populations through the challenges of today… and its hopes for the future.