On October 8, 2018, Dr. Brandon Hawk and curator Dot Porter met to talk about these ancient books, and to compare them with manuscripts from the collection of the Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts at the University of Pennsylvania. This series is a record of those discussions.
In this video we discuss a 14th century astronomical anthology from Catalonia, which is full of charts and diagrams and illustrations. We discuss how medieval people presented information in different ways – both for scientific and religious purposes – and how it relates to what we can see in the Jedi manuscripts.
Online record and digital images of LJS 57: http://hdl.library.upenn.edu/1017/d/medren/9948521743503681
Phil Szostak, The Art of Star Wars: The Last Jedi (https://www.amazon.com/Art-Star-Wars-Last-Jedi/dp/1419727052/)
Images of the “Tree Library” by Seth Engstrom & Rodolfo Damaggio
Mock-ups for six pages from the Jedi books by Chris Kitisakkul
Screenshots from the film and images from The Art of Star Wars are used under the Fair Use doctrine described in Section 107 of the Copyright Act (https://www.copyright.gov/title17/92chap1.html#107)