Book history!

   Posted by: rring   in book history, Classes

Jonathan Elukin speaks to his Guided Studies class about the transition of scroll to codex and manuscript to print in late medieval and early modern Europe using sources in the Watkinson.  Among the books on the table:

One of our copies of Liber Chronicarum (the “Nuremberg Chronicle”), published in 1493, which offers nothing less than a representative picture of geographical and historical knowledge on the eve of Columbus’s voyages and the expansion of Europe into the western hemisphere.

Many of the illustrations, such as the two-page view of Jerusalem, were based on the most recent reports of travelers (usually merchants).

For those students and faculty who wish to read this book and do not know Latin, we have just acquired the first two volumes of an excellent new translation, which will make this landmark book accessible to all undergraduates.

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