Special Collections houses several Medieval manuscript facsimiles. A facsimile is an exact copy of a book, manuscript, or other item of historical value that has been produced to appear as true to the original source as possible. Facsimiles are often accompanied by a volume of commentary which could provide information about the digitization process, an interpretation of illustrations and illuminations. Many facsimiles in the collection are produced in limited editions and range from partial facsimiles to high-quality reproductions that exhibit corresponding holes from the original, gold leafing, gilded edges, sewing structures and materials true to the original. Facsimiles attempt to replicate the source material as accurately as possible in terms of scale, color, condition, and existing pages from the original source.
For access to digitized manuscripts, explore the links below. These digital resources provide further examples of manuscript production representing a wide range of cultures and context.
Resources For Instructors: Document Analysis Activity
The following document analysis activity encourages students to engage with collection materials utilizing critical thinking skills. Advanced research topics for student exploration include: The history of the book, early printing and binding techniques, typography, medieval architecture, textiles and tapestries.
Atlases, Chronicles, Cosmological & Secular Text
Liber Scivias, The first theological-cosmological work by Hildegard of Bingen (1098-1179)
Hagiography & Pilgrimage
Incunabula & Early Printed Books Literature
Poetry & Drama
Medicine, Science & Geography
Private Devotional Books (Books of Hours)
Scripture & Sacred Text
The Holkham Bible picture book : a facsimile / commentary by Michelle P. Brown The facsimile ( p. of plates) is reproduced from the 14th century Anglo-Norman ms. in the British Library (Ms. Additional 47682).
Insular Byzantine & Eastern Medieval
Carolingian & Ottonian Romanesque
Gothic ( English, French, German, Italian & Spanish)
Pre-Colombian & Mesoamerican
Codex Fejérváry-Mayer : eine altmexikanische Bilderhandschrift der Free Public Museums in Liverpool 12014/M / auf Kosten Seiner Excellenz des Herzogs von Loubat herausgegeben ; erläutert von Eduard Seler.
Eastern Europe & Middle East