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Resources & Links: Manuscript Books Online
Historical Manuscript Books
- The Lindisfarne Gospel (late 7th to early 8th century AD), using Turning The Pages™ technology at the British Library. Choose from the menu, "Pinnacle of Anglo-Saxon Art".
- Images from the Book of Kells, c. 800 AD.
- The Aberdeen Bestiary Project, an online exhibit of a manuscript, written and illuminated in England around 1200 AD. A wonderful resource.
- The Black Book of Carmarthen, c. 1250 AD — digital images, and a history.
- Les Très Riches Heures du Duc de Berry, the famous, sumptuous book of hours completed at the end of the 15th century.
- Sforza Hours, another book of hours using Turning The Pages™ technology at the British ibrary. Choose from the menu, "Masterpiece of the Renaissance".
- The Morgan Library houses an immense collection of historical documents; a tiny selection of images is shown here, in excellent resolution, if you choose to zoom in.
- The Bodleian Library digital library projects present images of medieval manuscripts.
- The Cary Collection, Rochester Institute of Technology, New York, presents 51 leaves from medieval manuscripts from Western Europe in the 12th through 16th centuries.
- European Illustrated Books and Manuscripts, c.1400-1700', compiled by Takami Matsuda.
- The Web Gallery of Art presents images of gothic and renaissance illuminated manuscripts from 1150 to 1550.
- Collection of medieval manuscripts presented online by the Bibliothèque nationale de France.
- Medieval illuminated manuscripts presented online by the Meermanno, Netherlands.
- Western Manuscript Collection at Dartmouth College.
- Art of the Book in the Middle Ages, presented by the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
- Yale University's Arts of the Book Collection includes this searchable online database. Not particularly intuitive, the database holds a wealth of images. The images from the Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library are numerous, large and clear.
Contemporary Book Arts Exhibits
- 1000 Journals, an ongoing collaboration of journal artists, with many scanned images.
- Visual Thinking, an online exhibition of sketchbooks in the Archives of American Art at the Smithsonian.