Book Series An Index of Images in English Manuscripts from Chaucer to Henry VIII, vol. 10

Scottish Manuscripts & English Manuscripts in Scotland. Fascicle I: National Library of Scotland, Edinburgh

Marlene Hennessy

  • Pages: 182 p.
  • Size:210 x 270 mm
  • Illustrations:50 col.
  • Language(s):English
  • Publication Year:2022

  • ISBN: 978-1-915487-01-8
  • Paperback
  • Available

This fascicle of the Index of Images covers English and Scottish manuscripts preserved in the National Library of Scotland, Edinburgh, the largest collection of archives and manuscripts in Scotland and one of the eminent research libraries of Europe.


Marlene V. Hennessy is Associate Professor in the Department of English, Hunter College, City University of New York.


This is the tenth volume in a continuing series of publications listing and identifying all illustrations contained in English manuscripts from the time of Chaucer to Henry VIII. This was an important period in the history of book production in Britain, and the range of subject-matter illustrated is of significance to historians of art, religion, literature, costume, natural science, and social custom. The present volume extends the survey to Scotland and catalogues not only English but also Scottish and Gaelic manuscripts from the collections of the National Library of Scotland, Edinburgh, as well as manuscripts made on the Continent for English and Scottish book-owners. The catalogue contains entries for 112 manuscripts and notes the subject-matter of every illustration in each manuscript, from full-page miniatures and historiated initials to marginalia, added drawings and nota bene signs. A comprehensive index of pictorial subjects provides readers with complete references to the visual material with thematic groupings making the following categories easily accessible: animals, architecture, birds, Christ, costume, furniture, kings, musical instruments, occupations/professions, plants, saints, Virgin Mary, weapons, and women. The volume also includes a user’s guide, an extensive glossary of subjects and terms, and indexes of authors/texts, manuscripts with coats of arms, and Scottish and English names.



Users’ Manual

I. Scope of the Search

II. Cataloguing the Manuscripts

III. Principles of Pictorial Description

IV. The Template: Opening Headings

V. The Template: Pictorial Information

VI. The Template: Costume of Specialized Interest

VII. The Template: Headings under ‘Other Information’

List of Manuscripts Catalogued

Other Manuscripts Examined

List of Abbreviations


Catalogue of Manuscripts

The Template

Edinburgh, National Library of Scotland


Glossary of Subjects and Terms

Index of Authors and Texts

Index of Incipits

Index of First Words of Acephalous Texts

Index of Pictorial Subjects

Index of Manuscripts with Coats of Arms

Index of Scottish and English Names

List of Illustrations