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Fifty-two discoveries from the BiblioPhilly project, No. 19/52 Choirbook, Italy (Siena?), c. 1300, Philadelphia, Philadelphia Museum of Art, 1883.53, fol. 247r and Neroccio de’ Landi, Panel with Saints Christina of Bolsena(?), Catherine of Alexandria, Jerome, and Galganus, c. 1470, Phipadelphia, Philadelphia Museum of Art, John G. Johnson Collection, 1917, cat. 1169 (detail of Saint…

via A Mineralogist’s “Sword in the Stone” — Bibliotheca Philadelphiensis


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Sacred Texts: Codices Far, Far Away – Episode 7, Coptic Church bifolium

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.

Misc Mss (Large) Box 1 Folder 24

In this brief excerpt we talk about a bifolium from a Coptic liturgical manuscript, which includes selections from Luke’s Gospel (chapter 5) and John’s Gospel (chapter 4) as well as readings from the Psalms. We see similarities between the Coptic script and the as-yet-unknown script in the Jedi texts.

Online record and digital images of Misc Mss (Large) Box 1 Folder 24: http://hdl.library.upenn.edu/1017/d/medren/9914711803503681

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)


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Fifty-two discoveries from the BiblioPhilly project, No. 18/52 Book of Hours, Use of Rome, Bethlehem, PA, Lehigh University, Linderman Library, Codex 18, fol. 1r (large miniature of the Arrest of Christ and bas-de-page vignette showing Judas Receiving the Thirty Pieces of Silver) Among the trove of great manuscripts from Lehigh University in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, are…

via A Book of Hours from Renaissance Lyon, with miniatures by a Master of Ceremonies — Bibliotheca Philadelphiensis


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Fifty-two discoveries from the BiblioPhilly project, No. 17/52 Gallican Psalter with Canticles, Litany, and Prayers (he Lewis Psalter), Philadelphia, Free Library of Philadelphia, Lewis E 85, fols. 1v–2r (historiated initial B with King David Playing the Harp and King David Slaying Goliath; blank page with later prayer to Saint Martial) One of the glorious treasures…

via The Early History of the Lewis Psalter — Bibliotheca Philadelphiensis


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Fifty-two discoveries from the BiblioPhilly project, No. 16/52 Book of Hours for the Use of Rome (Hours of Étienne Thirion), Philadelphia, Philadelphia Museum of Art, 1945‑65‑14, inside front cover (with Arthur Brölemann bookplate) and Book of Hours for the Use of Rome (Victorines d’Auxy Hours), Philadelphia Philadelphia Museum of Art, 1945–65–15, inside front cover…

via Vigilance and Prudence (and stickers): Books from the Brölemann Collection — Bibliotheca Philadelphiensis


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Fifty-two discoveries from the BiblioPhilly project, No. 15/52 Book of Hours for the Use of Rome (here identified as the Hours of Étienne Thirion), Philadelphia, Philadelphia Museum of Art, 1945‑65‑14, fols. 25v–26r (end of the “Ave cuius conceptio” prayer and beginning of the Hours of the Virgin; owner kneeling in prayer before the Annunciation)…

via Introducing the Hours of Étienne Thirion, hyperopic Receiver General of Montréal — Bibliotheca Philadelphiensis


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Fifty-two discoveries from the BiblioPhilly project, No. 14/52 A volume with a rust stain from eyeglasses, presented with an actual pair of eyeglasses in front of it (exhibited in Le verre, un moyen-âge inventif, Musée National du Moyen-Âge-Thermes de Cluny, 20 September 2019 – 8 January 2018); Book of Hours for the Use of…

via A “Spectacular” Discovery: imprints of eyeglasses and their specific context in a Book of Hours — Bibliotheca Philadelphiensis