On March 4, 1714, Bernard Lintot published Alexander Pope’s The Rape of the Lock in five cantos. Associate Professor Allison Muri (Department of English, University of Saskatchewan) is the editor of this new online edition in honour of this anniversary: http://grubstreetproject.net/works/T5728.
Dr. Muri will be adding notes over the next few months, and hopes her online edition of Pope’s The Rape of the Lock may be of use to some in teaching the poem and studying its plates in the near future. The images (provided by McMaster’s William Ready Division of Archives & Research Collections) are slow to load because they’re very high resolution.
Facsimile Finder is a free database of illuminated manuscript facsimiles. Search, compare and find the best facsimiles. Purchase them at the best price. The database contains Medieval and Renaissance illuminated manuscripts, rare books, fine art facsimiles.
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The new Cambridge Edition of the Works of Ben Jonson Online, has been launched.
Produced by a team of 30 scholars and available partly on an open-access basis, Cambridge Edition of the Works of Ben Jonson Online presents the texts of all his plays, masques, poems, letters and criticism in an interactive digital format, along with hundreds of supporting documents and musical scores and a bibliography.
There is also a database of some 1,300 stage and screen productions, from the 1598 staging of Jonson’s play “Every Man in His Humor” at the Curtain Theater in London to the 2012 (currently in-production) film version of “The Devil is an Ass”.
The Wellcome Library in London has recently announced that over 100,000 high resolution images including manuscripts, paintings, etchings, early photography and advertisements are now freely available through Wellcome Images: http://wellcomeimages.org
“Drawn from our vast historical holdings, the images are being released under the Creative Commons Attribution (CC-BY) licence.
This means that they can be used for commercial or personal purposes, with an acknowledgement of the original source (Wellcome Library, London). All of the images from our historical collections can be used free of charge.
The images can be downloaded in high-resolution directly from the Wellcome Images website for users to freely copy, distribute, edit, manipulate, and build upon as you wish, for personal or commercial use. The images range from ancient medical manuscripts to etchings by artists such as Vincent Van Gogh and Francisco Goya.”
For more on this announcement, please visit: http://blog.wellcomelibrary.org/2014/01/thousands-of-years-of-visual-culture-made-free-through-wellcome-images
A new website Digitized Medieval Manuscripts Maps (DMMmaps), a “roadmap” to thousands of digitized medieval books, has been launched:
From the creators:
“There is something genuinely thrilling in browsing the maps, clicking on a semi-unknown digitized library, looking at a random manuscript, and suddenly discovering a miniature, a detail, and illumination that no one has looked at for years and sharing it with your followers. We want to make to make as many people as possible experience this thrill; and that’s why we created the DMMmaps.
These maps were designed to help scholars and enthusiasts explore and discover digitized medieval manuscripts made available all over the world.”
For more information, please visit DMMmaps website: http://digitizedmedievalmanuscripts.org
The British Library is following Getty Museum’s lead in releasing images into the public domain.
The British Library has released 1 million images onto Flickr Commons (view the album here) for “anyone to use, remix, and repurpose,” while the Getty Museum released 4,600 images back in August.
The images shared by the British Library come from 17th, 18th and 19th century books.
The Guggenheim had made 99 art catalogues available for free online, while the Metropolitan Museum of Art offers a whopping 375 free art books and catalogues overall.
For more information, please visit this link: http://www.openculture.com/2013/08/free-the-metropolitan-museum-of-art-and-the-guggenheim-offer-474-free-art-catalogues-online.html
Those members who have Apple or Android devices may be interested in a newly released app that is designed to help you with your medieval palaeography.
The origins of this app lie in online exercises in palaeography developed for postgraduate students in the Institute for Medieval Studies at the University of Leeds in West Yorkshire, U.K. The aim is to provide practice in the transcription of a wide range of medieval hands, from the twelfth to the late fifteenth century.
Apple users: https://itunes.apple.com/app/medieval-handwriting/id734335308
Android Users: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.agbooth.handwriting.medieval
The first stage of the open access project “The Copenhagen Chansonnier and the ‘Loire Valley’ chansonniers” is now completed and can be accessed at:
The web site contains new editions of all the polyphonic songs in the French 15th century chansonnier in The Royal Library, Copenhagen, MS Thott 291 8° (the so-called Copenhagen chansonnier). Each song is here edited as a ‘performance on paper’ according to the manuscript, and all the concordances in the related ‘Loire Valley’ chansonniers are edited in a similar way. Each song is accompanied by a list of sources, an edition of the poem(s), incl. English translation, links to online facsimile editions, and extensive comments on sources, texts and music. The site further contains detailed descriptions of the five chansonniers and proposes hypotheses concerning their genesis and dating; the latter is summarized in the introduction, which also discusses the principles of the edition.
Furthermore, the site offers supplementary materials, which serve to support the investigation of the repertory. They comprise articles and editions concerning the composers Gilles Mureau (complete works), Philippe Basiron (complete chansons) and Fede alias Jean Sohier, about the French music manuscript Florence, Biblioteca Riccardiana, Ms. 2794, about chansons notated in ‘clefless notation’, etc.
DigiPal is a new resource for the study of medieval handwriting, particularly that produced in England during the years 1000–1100, the time of Æthelred, Cnut and William the Conqueror. It currently has:
Funded by the EU FP7, it is based at the Department of Digital Humanities at King’s College London.
For further information, visit the DigiPal website: http://www.digipal.eu