There's a wonderful little book that sorted out most of the things I
didn't know about medeival manuscripts, and a few things I never knew
I wanted to know. I'm pretty sure it is (I didn't write it down, but
the title sounds similar, and it's held by my library):
Author: Brown, Michelle (Michelle P.)
Title: Understanding illuminated manuscripts : a guide to technical
terms / Michelle P. Brown.
Publisher: London : J. Paul Getty Museum in association with the
British Library, 1994.
Description: 127 p. : ill. (some col.) ; 24 cm.
It's a slim volume, probably quite cheap, and hopefully widely
available in Libraries, illustrated in colour, and gives easy to
understand dictionary definitions not only of terms like folio, verso,
recto and their abreviations, but also explains types of standard
manuscript illustrations eg "tree of jesse" with small pictures* of
period examples, and also practises like binding. I found knowing
some of the iconography of the standard manuscript pictures helpful
for my costume interpretations.
It doesn't go into depth, but is definately easy to acess for te
beginner, and I think gives a good bibliography for more info.
I'd happily buy this book next time i see it, because I think it is
probably very affordable, and continually useful if you dabble with
*There's only a couple of 12th C illuminations used as examples, but
they haven't fallen for the trap of only using late period or
extremely well known examples to illustrate everything.
--- In Authentic_SCA@yahoogroups.com
, "Maura Folsom" <jauncourt@v...>
> --- In Authentic_SCA@yahoogroups.com, "Christopher Bogs" <cbogs@p...>
> > Actually, "Folio" refers not to the section of the manuscript, but
> > indicator of which sheet of the manuscript the citation is
> Ah! Thank you! I was under a misapprehension that a folio was roughly
> correspondent to a signature in a modern book. This is much clearer.