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Bibliologia (BIB 52)
E. Steinová
Notam superponere studui
The Use of Annotation Symbols in the Early Middle Ages

approx. 250 p., 15 b/w tables, 216 x 280 mm, 2018
ISBN: 978-2-503-58170-5
Languages: English
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Early medieval manuscripts were commonly annotated not only by glosses but also by annotation symbols. These graphic signs inserted in manuscript margins provided manuscript text with layers of additional meaning and functionality. From the most common signs marking biblical quotations and passages of interest to the sophisticated systems of signs used by some of the early medieval scholars, annotation symbols represent perhaps the most common form of marginalia encountered in early medieval books. Yet, their non-verbal character proved a serious obstacle to their understanding and appreciation.

This book represents the first systematic study of annotation symbols used in the Latin West between c. 400 and c. 900. Combining paleographic evidence with the evidence of written sources such as late antique and early medieval lists of signs, this book identifies the most important communities of sign users and conventions in use in the early Middle Ages. It explores some of the notable differences between regions, periods, linguistic communities and classes of users and reconstructs a fascinating history of the practice of using signs, rather than words, to annotate text. Those who work with early medieval manuscripts will, furthermore, find this book to be a practical handbook of the most common annotation symbols attested in early medieval Western manuscripts or discussed in ancient and medieval sources.

Table of Contents

Introduction

The use of annotation symbols in Antiquity

The 21-sign treatise: inherited classical doxa in the early medieval Latin West

Transmission of other doxa with ancient roots in the Early Middle Ages

The revival of scholarly sign use in the Carolingian period

Annotation symbols in the Carolingian classroom

Signs used by Western scribes from Late Antiquity until the ninth century

Conclusion

Appendix I: Overview of the most important annotation symbols

Appendix II: Latin sign treatises from the eighth to fifteenth century

Appendix III: Annotation symbols in Bavarian manuscripts

Bibliography

Index of manuscripts

Interest Classification:
Book History, Manuscript Studies & Palaeography
Codicology

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