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Fifty-two discoveries from the BiblioPhilly project, No. 23/52 Giorgio di Lorenzo Chiarini, Libro che tracta di marcantie et usanze di paesi, Tuscany (Florence?), 1481, scribe: Lodovicho Bertini, Philadelphia, Temple University Libraries, Special Collections Research Center, (SPC) MSS BH 007 COCH, fol. 9r The cache of Medieval and Renaissance manuscripts housed at Temple University Libraries’ Special…

via A little-known Guide for the Renaissance Merchant — Bibliotheca Philadelphiensis


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Sacred Texts: Codices Far, Far Away – Episode 9, Astronomical anthology

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.

LJS 57

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)


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Fifty-two discoveries from the BiblioPhilly project, No. 22/52 Book of Hours for the Use of Rome, University of Pennsylvania, Ms. Codex 688, fol. 13r The Bibliotheca Philadelphiensis project did not formally include manuscripts at the University of Pennsylvania, which had already been digitized and made available on the OPenn repository several years ago. However, these…

via Before Breakfast?? Instructions for Weekday Prayers in a Venetian Dialect — Bibliotheca Philadelphiensis


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Fifty-two discoveries from the BiblioPhilly project, No. 21/52 Commissione issued to Andrea Valier by Leonardo Loredan, 1502, Bethlehem, Lehigh University, Linderman Library, Codex 21, fol. 1r (all’antica frontispiece illuminated by the First Pisani Master) It is always gratifying to learn that one’s own manuscript “discovery” has already been made. Knowing that other scholars have come…

via All’antica: Getting up-to-date with the Ancients — Bibliotheca Philadelphiensis


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Fifty-two discoveries from the BiblioPhilly project, No. 20/52 Book of Hours, Use of Rouen, Philadelphia, Free Library of Philadelphia, Lewis E 126, fols. 14v–15r (miniatures showing the Procès de Paradis or Parliament of Heaven and the Annunciation) A few weeks ago, we saw how an early-sixteenth-century manuscript illuminator, the so-called Master of the Entries…

via The “Parliament of Heaven”: Tracking a Theatrical Iconography — Bibliotheca Philadelphiensis


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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)