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Fifty-two discoveries from the BiblioPhilly project, No. 12/52 Book of Hours, Use of Rome, Philadelphia, Philadelphia Museum of Art, Department of Prints, Drawings, and Photographs, 1945‑65‑11, beginnings and miniatures for suffrages to Saint John the Evangelist and Saint Anthony Abbot, pp. 277 and 279 Last week, we looked at the fanfare-style binding of a…

via Traces of use (and a Pilgrim’s badge!) in a well-traveled Book of Hours — Bibliotheca Philadelphiensis


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Fifty-two discoveries from the BiblioPhilly project, No. 11/52 Book of Hours, Use of Rome, Philadelphia, Philadelphia Museum of Art, Department of Prints, Drawings, and Photographs, 1945‑65‑11, upper and lover covers (with “LUCRECE DU GUE” inscription) A small mid-fifteenth-century Book of Hours now in the collections of the Philadelphia Museum of Art, PMA 1945-65-11, is…

via A “fanfare” for a musical printeress in late-sixteenth-century Paris — Bibliotheca Philadelphiensis


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Fifty-two discoveries from the BiblioPhilly project, No. 10/52 Book of Hours, Use of Mons, Philadelphia, Free Library of Philadelphia, Lewis E 89, fol. 1r (beginning of the Hours of the Virgin) The “Use” in a Book of Hours generally refers to the specific, regional variants found in the central devotional text, the Hours of the…

via What “Use” is it? A Book of Hours rightfully restituted to the Walloon city of Mons — Bibliotheca Philadelphiensis


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Fifty-two discoveries from the BiblioPhilly project, No. 9/52 Book of Hours (here identified as the Hours of Cornelia Rhò), Use of Rome, Philadelphia, Free Library of Philadelphia, Lewis E 206, fols. 16v-17r (full-page miniature of the Virgin and Child, and beginning of the Hours of the Virgin with historiated initial and coat-of-arms) Though in…

via Murder in Lombardy! The original owner of a rare Italian Book of Hours identified — Bibliotheca Philadelphiensis


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Fifty-two discoveries from the BiblioPhilly project, No. 8/52A guest post by former Schoenberg Institute for Manuscript Studies CLIR Fellow, Dr. Erin Connelly Recipes and extracts on alchemy, medicine, metal-working, cosmetics, veterinary science, agriculture, wine-making, and other subjects, Northwestern Italy, Probably before 22 December 1438. Philadelphia, Science History Institute, MS Othmer 1, front cover Labeculae vivae…

via Stains Alive! BiblioPhilly and Labeculae vivae: The categorization of stains in alchemical manuscripts using multispectral imaging — Bibliotheca Philadelphiensis


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Fifty-two discoveries from the BiblioPhilly project, No. 7/52 Book of Hours, Use of Paris, Philadelphia, Philadelphia Museum of Art, 1924‑19‑1, fol. 24r (miniature of the Annunciation from the Hours of the Virgin) 1,581 more words

via “Love and Humility are the sweet bonds of our marriage:” A Book of Hours owned by the wife of a French Catholic propagandist of the 16th century, and the Governor of Pennsylvania! — Bibliotheca Philadelphiensis


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Sacred Texts: Codices Far, Far Away – Episode 6, LJS 384

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 384, an early astronomical text

In this section of our conversation we discuss LJS 384, a mid-12th century (c. 1150) copy of William of Conches De philosophia mundi, an early astronomical text, and we talk specifically about the astronomical systems being described by medieval thinkers and how they differ from the systems we think we see being described in the manuscripts in The Last Jedi. We also talk about one of our favorite topics, the use of manuscripts over time, and how the Star Wars manuscripts show (or don’t) this very important aspect of medieval manuscripts.

Online record and digital images of LJS 384: http://hdl.library.upenn.edu/1017/d/medren/9946262693503681

Video Facsimile of LJS 384 (pages turned front-to-back, no commentary): https://youtu.be/0BfGz4T2-3g

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)