Manuscripts and Special Collections

Further Reading

This list includes classmarks of copies of the books held by the University of Nottingham library. They can be borrowed by library members. This is a select list; you can search the University of Nottingham Library  Catalogue (NUsearch) to find more publications.



Backhouse, Janet. The illuminated page : ten centuries of manuscript painting in the British Library (London : British Library, 1997) [Hallward Library Oversize ND2900.B2]

Janet Backhouse, The Illuminated Manuscript (Oxford : Phaidon, 1979) [Hallward Library Oversize ND2900.B2]

De Hamel, Christopher. Scribes and illuminators (London : British Museum Press, 1992) [Hallward Library and DLRC, Jubilee Campus ND2920.D4]

De Hamel, Christopher. A history of illuminated manuscripts (London : Guild, 1986) [DLRC, Jubilee Campus Oversize ND2920.D4]

Geddes, J. (Jane). The St Albans Psalter : a book for Christina of Markyate (London : British Library, 2005) [Hallward Library Oversize ND3357.S12.G4]

Gillespie, Alexandra. Print culture and the medieval author : Chaucer, Lydgate, and their books, 1473-1557 (Oxford : Oxford University Press, c2006) [Hallward Library Z151.2.G4]

Greetham, D.C. Textual Scholarship: An introduction (New York and London: Garland Publishing, 1992) [Hallward Library Z1001.G7]

Lyall, R. J., ‘Materials: The Paper Revolution’, in Book Production and Publishing in Britain 1375-1475, ed. J. Griffiths and D. Pearsall (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1989), pp. 11-29. [Hallward Library Z8.G7]

Morgan, Nigel and Thompson, Rodney M. (eds) The Cambridge History of the Book in Britain vol 2: 1100-1400 (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2008) [Hallward Library Z8.G7.C2]

Myers, Robin and Harris, Michael (eds) A millennium of the book : production, design & illustration in manuscript & print, 900-1900 (Winchester : St Paul's Bibliographies, 1994) [King's Meadow Campus Ref Z4.M4]

Pächt, Otto and Alexander, J.J.G. Illuminated manuscripts in the Bodleian Library, Oxford (Oxford : Clarendon Press), 1966-1970. 3v [Hallward Library 4/Bib ZND2900.I5]

Parkes, M.B. and Watson, Andrew G. (eds). Medieval Scribes, Manuscripts and Libraries : essays presented to N.R. Ker (London : Scholar Press, 1978) [Central Store 2 Z105.P2]

Reed, R., Ancient Skins, Parchments and Leathers (London and New York: Seminar Press, 1972) [Central Store 2 Z112.R]

Scott, Kathleen L. Dated and Datable English Manuscript Borders, c.1395-1499 (London : British Library, 2002) [Hallward Library ND3334.S]



Making art: Medieval manuscripts (Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge)
Animation and photographs showing how an illuminated volume was made.

Making Manuscripts (Getty Museum)
Video exploring parchment making, writing, illumination and binding.

The Structure of a Medieval Book (Getty Museum)
Video exploring folios and gatherings

The Decorated Letter (Getty Museum)
A few examples from an exhibition examining different letter types in medieval manuscripts.

Leaves of Gold: Treasures of Manuscript Illumination from the Philadelphia Collections
Exhibition gallery and teaching resources about the creation of medieval books.

The World of Chaucer: Medieval Books and Manuscripts
University of Glasgow Library online exhibition

From Manuscript to Print: The Evolution of the Medieval Book (Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections, Cornell University Library)
Online exhibition with details about books, their content, and their survival.

The St Albans Psalter (University of Aberdeen)
Digital edition, with transcription, translation and accompanying essays

Early manuscripts at Oxford University
Digital facsimiles of over 80 complete medieval documents

Catalogue of illuminated manuscripts (British Library)
Digital facsimiles of miniatures, initials and decorative pages from medieval documents, with a useful glossary of terms used in the study of illuminated manuscripts, reproduced from Michelle P. Brown, Understanding Illuminated Manuscripts: A Guide to Technical Terms (J. Paul Getty Museum: Malibu and British Library: London, 1994)

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