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Hidden Harmonies

Manuscript and Print on the North Atlantic Fringe, 1500–1900

Essays on post-print manuscript sculptures in the North Atlantic fringe.

This volume of Opuscula presents a selection of essays on the subject of post-print manuscript cultures along what may be called “the North Atlantic fringe”—Ireland, Gaelic-speaking Scotland, Iceland, and the Faroe Islands. While printing had been adopted as the primary mode of literary dissemination in the majority of western European cultures by the mid-seventeenth century, in these countries chirographic transmission remained the norm until well into the nineteenth century for most genres of literature. Written by noted scholars from Denmark, Iceland, Scotland, Ireland, and Wales, the essays gathered here seek to establish overarching reasons for the continuance of manuscript culture across this region and analyze the common modalities of scribal practice from each area. The study of post-print manuscript culture is still in its infancy but has been receiving increasing attention in recent years. This book hopes to facilitate its further development, cementing its position as an area of academic endeavor in its own right.

550 pages | 65 color plates, 5 halftones, 1 map | 7 x 9 3/4

Bibliotheca Arnamagnæana

History: European History, History of Technology

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Table of Contents

Introduction: Textual intercourse on the North Atlantic fringe

Jürg Glauser
The simultaneity of media: Manuscripts and printed books in late medieval

Deirdre Nic Mhathúna
Tracking scribal transmission of texts in post-classical Irish manuscript

Guðrún Ingólfsdóttir
Just a homemaker? An eighteenth-century Icelandic housewife’s manuscript

Katarzyna Kapitan
Manuscripts derived from printed editions in the transmission history of

Liam Mac Mathúna
A tale of two manuscripts: Contrasting the subject matter and approaches

Margrét Eggertsdóttir
“Vale, pie lector!”: Writers and readers in seventeenth-century Iceland

Matthew Driscoll
Writing in the twilight: The manuscripts of Magnús í Tjaldanesi

Peadar Ó Muircheartaigh
From manuscript to print and back again: Two eighteenth-century

Ulrike Hogg
Scottish Gaelic manuscripts after the beginning of printing

The materiality and symbolism of Gaelic works in print and manuscript in
Pádraig Ó Macháin

Meidhbhín Ní Úrdail
From print to script: Some evidence in manuscripts compiled in

Þórunn Sigurðardóttir
“Diligently assembled and gathered”: The dissemination and preservation

Seán Vrieland
Breaking the silence: The rebirth of Faroese manuscript culture


Index of manuscripts

Index of names

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