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Turning Over a New Leaf

Change and Development in the Medieval Book

This book looks particularly at the shift from manuscripts to the physical book, while taking into account the medieval book as not only as a source of information, but also as an aesthetic experience, a status symbol, and a shrewd investment. Tracing the rise of the book in the ninth and tenth century, this insightful study looks at the way in which the scribes eased the shift from manuscript to book through additions such as running titles and chapter numbers. A rich and intriguing history, Turning over a New Leaf examines how readers and the reading experience shape books, and vice versa.

224 pages | 48 color plates, 4 tables | 5 3/4 x 7 1/2 | © 2012

History: European History

Library Science and Publishing: Publishing

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Table of Contents

List of Figures and Plates

Introduction: Gerard Isaac Lieftinck
      J. P. Gumbert
Glossaries and Other Innovations in Carolingian Book Production
      Rosamond McKitterick
Biting, Kissing and the Treatment of Feet: The Transitional Script of the Long Twelfth Century
      Erik Kwakkel
The Place of Germany in the Twelfth-Century Renaissance: Books, Scriptoria and Libraries
      Rodney Thomson

Notes on the Authors
Colour Plates
Index of Manuscripts
General Index

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