Medieval and Renaissance Manuscript Leaf Collection
The Medieval and Renaissance Leaf Collection is a resource for faculty and students interested in the history of the European book, particularly the development of the medieval codex. The collection, which includes handwritten manuscript materials ranging from the twelfth to the fifteenth century, houses individual leaves from early Christian liturgical texts, such as psalters, bibles, breviaries, missals, as well as an antiphonary (including musical notation), from Italy, Spain, France, and Germany. Scribal hands, which allow historians to identify the likely time and place of production, include Caroline Miniscule, Textura, Bastarda, and Rotunda. Students using this collection can easily see key examples of early book production techniques, such as dry-point ruling, rubrication, catchwords, illuminated initials, and pricking and ruling.