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Friday, October 31, 2008

Mediaeval ships redux

As I commented the other day, there's another mediaeval illustration of a ship in The Manuscripts of Iceland (Árni Magnússon Institute, ISBN 9979-819-88-X). The book accompanies an exhibition of manuscripts at the AMI and contains some interesting material. These images are my favourites, but there are also many of scripts and marginalia. Larger versions are behind the links.

Ship in an illuminated versal

Ship in an illuminated versal
From a fourteenth-century copy of Jónsbók, GKS 3269a 4to. Árni Magnússom Institute; Iceland.

Christianity brought books to Iceland

Christianity brought books to Iceland
Helgastðabók, Perg, 4to no. 16, Royal Library, Stockholm.

Stages of bookmaking

Stages of bookmaking
This German manuscript from the second half of the twelfth century shows all of the stages of bookmaking. From Patr. 5, fol. 1r, State Library, Bamberg, Germany.

Corrections

Corrections
Both are from the legal codex Arnabœlisbó AM 135 fol. Árni Magnússon Institute, Iceland.

The Finger of God

The Finger of God
Helgastðabók, Perg, 4to no. 16, Royal Library, Stockholm.

Flensing a whale

Flensing a whale
From the section on Driftage rights in the Skarð:sbó manuscript of Jónsbók, AM 350 fol. Árni Magnússom Institute; Iceland.

A chieftan with book and scribe

A chieftan with book and scribe
Svalbarðsbók, AM 343 fol. Árni Magnússom Institute; Iceland.

Illuminated Þ:

Illuminated Þ
From the section on Driftage rights in the Skarð:sbó manuscript of Jónsbók, AM 350 fol. Árni Magnússom Institute; Iceland.

A scribe at his pulpit

A scribe at his pulpit
Flateyarbók, GKS 1005 fol. Árni Magnússom Institute; Iceland.

Two illuminated letters

Two illuminated letters
Upper: From AM132 4to. in the Roman style.

Lower: From Stjórn AM 227 fol. in the Gothic style.

Árni Magnússom Institute; Iceland.

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