On April 12, the publication of Ina Kok, Woodcuts in Incunabula printed in the Low Countries will be celebrated in the Koninklijke Bibliotheek, The Hague, with a conference on ‘Illustrating the Early Printed Book’ .

Call for Papers: Early Modern Bookbindings

A call for papers has gone out for a two-day conference New Bounde: New Scholarship in Early Modern Binding, to be hosted by the Folger Shakespeare Library, Washington DC, 15-16 August 2013.

Magnificent Middle Ages in Antwerp

Until May 5, 2013, Museum Plantin-Moretus in Antwerp shows a selection of 40 of its illuminated manuscripts, among them the Wenceslas Bible and the Carmen Paschale. More information on the museum’s website


Recent publications, Winter 2012

(Click here for a PDF version, without illustrations)

Ed van der Vlist has compiled another invaluable list of recent publications in the fields of palaeography and codicology:

BAGNOLI, Martina, & Kathryn Gerry, The medieval world. The Walters Art Museum. Baltimore/London, The Walters Art Museum/Giles, 2011. 216 pp., 200 col. ills. ISBN 978-1-904832-96-6. $ 45 / £ 30.

A finely illustrated general guide to 150 objects from the WAM, featuring a few illuminated manuscripts.


BEZNER, Frank, mit einem Beitrag von Eberhard König, Von der Liturgie zur Geschichte. Die Riesenbibel von St. Maximin und die Historia Excidii Sancti Maximini. Ramsen, Heribert Tenschert, 2011 ([Katalog: 68]; Illuminationen. Studien und Monographien: 15). 336 pp., 71 col. ills. No ISBN. CHF 100 / € 80.

Monograph on a newly discovered three-volume illuminated giant bible of 1511-1526, with edition and translation of a ‘secular’ historiographical text it contains.

lees verder…

Charlotte Denoël of the Département des Manuscrits at the Bibliothèque nationale de France announces that their file of some 170.000 bibliographic references on medieval manuscripts in Latin, Greek and vernacular languages has been converted to an electronic format, and that these records have now been added to the catalogue entries of the relevant manuscripts. They also appear as links to Gallica in the descriptive notices or are included in the notices themselves. Click here for an example of an entry with an extensive bibliography.

The medieval section of the BnF’s Manuscript Department continues the project to create an exhaustive bibliography on its medieval manuscripts, and Charlotte Denoël (charlotte.denoel at would therefore very much appreciate receiving any offprints of or bibliographic references to relevant articles .

Stichting Boek & Wurm

Nieuw in het lijstje ‘Links’ in de rechtermarge (no pun intended …) van dit scherm is die van de Stichting Boek & Wurm. Deze stichting is opgericht in 2010, maar bij veel collega’s in het boekenvak nog niet bekend.

Boek & Wurm beheert een fonds dat financiële steun kan bieden aan bibliotheken, musea, archieven, overheidsinstellingen en stichtingen op het gebied van cultureel erfgoed voor hun projecten ter conservering en restauratie van waardevolle boeken en werken op papier.

Onder meer het Museum Meermanno en de Universiteitsbibliotheek Groningen mochten een bijdrage van het fonds ontvangen om handschriften, incunabelen en oude drukken te conserveren, projecten die in heel goede samenwerking verliepen.

Next year, the Gruuthuuse-manuscript will be thecentre piece of an exhibition to be held in the Bruggemuseum-Gruuthuse, 22 March-23 June 2013.

The theme of the accompanying international congress is The Gruuthuse Manuscript. Literature, Music, Devotion around 1400, organized jointly by Bruggemuseum-Gruuthuse, the Royal Library at The Hague, and Radboud University Nijmegen. Proposals for papers may be sent in before 25 May 2012. More information may be found in t h i s invitation.

The Institute for Art History in Vienna (Pächt-Archiv/Forschungszentrum für Buchmalerei) is organizing a conference on illustrated epics with the title Res gestae – res pictae. Epen-Illustrationen des 13. bis 15. Jahrhunderts, Internationale Tagung des Instituts für Kunstgeschichte der Universität Wien.

This conference will take place from 28 February to 2 March 2013 at the Department of History of Art, University of Vienna. More information – in German and in English – may be found on the p o s t e r or the w e b s i t e.

Op donderdag9 februari 2012, vanaf 15:00 uur, organiseren de Universitaire Bibliotheken Leiden een themabijeenkomst over alba amicorum. Meer informatie is H I E R te vinden.

Colloquium Leiden, 27 januari 2012

27.I.2012 : Books and their readers in Anglo-Saxon England: a manuscript colloquium (Leiden, Universiteit Leiden).

Here is the p o s t e r of the colloquium, and here are the a b s t r a c t s of the papers to be presented.

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