New Issue of Manuscripta — Vol. 60, Issue 1 (2016)

The Vatican Film Library announces the latest issue of its biannual journal on medieval and Renaissance manuscript studies, Manuscripta: A Journal for Manuscript Research. In publication since 1957, the journal features articles, notes, and reviews and welcomes submissions on medieval and Renaissance manuscript production, distribution, reception, and transmission — encompassing paleography, codicology, illumination, book production, library history, reading and literacy, textual editing and transmission, manuscript catalogues, and other subjects.


Marta Luigina Mangini, “Tabelliones scribunt de foris: Captions and their Functions in Italian Notarial Records of the Twelfth to Fifteenth Centuries”

Anneliese Pollock Renck, “Reading Medieval Manuscripts Then, Now, and Somewhere in Between: Verbal and Visual Mise en Abyme in Huntington Library MS HM 60 and Bibliothèque nationale de France MS fr. 875

John B. Wickstrom, “Reassigning an Eleventh-Century Monastic Antiphoner: From Fossés to Glanfeuil (Paris, Bibliothèque nationale de France, MS lat. 12584)”

Manuscript Notes:

— John T. Slotemaker, “Robert Holcot’s Commentary on the Sentences of Peter Lombard: Basel, Universitätsbibliothek, MS A.XI.36″

Book Reviews:

— Blockmans, Wim, Till-Holger Borchert, Nele Gabriëls, Johan Oosterman, and Anne van Oosterwijk, eds. Staging the Court of Burgundy: Proceedings of the Conference “The Splendour of Burgundy” (Gregory T. Clark)

— Coleman, Joyce, Mark Cruse, and Kathryn A. Smith, eds. The Social Life of Illumination: Manuscripts, Images, and Communities in the Late Middle Ages (Sandra Hindman)

— Drossbach, Gisela. Die Collectio Cheltenhamensis: Eine englische Decretalensammlung; Analyse beruhend auf Vorarbeiten von Walther Holtzmann (†) (Atria A. Larson)

— Mittman, Asa Simon, and Susan M. Kim. Inconceivable Beasts: The Wonders of the East in the Beowulf Manuscript (Heather Pulliam)

— Whittington, Karl. Body‐Worlds: Opicinus de Canistris and the Medieval Cartographic Imagination (Danielle B. Joyner)


The journal accepts articles and notes on topics relating to medieval and Renaissance manuscript studies, including (but not limited to) paleography, codicology, illumination, library history, reading and literacy, and manuscript catalogues.

Contributions are evaluated by peer review. Material for consideration should be submitted in English, following the Chicago Manual of Style, 16th ed., with footnotes, double-spaced, and in electronic form (Microsoft Word). Please include an abstract of no more than 150 words as well as ten keywords. Citations and footnotes should be robust and full manuscript shelfmarks are expected. Where appropriate, please include citations to pertinent critical editions.

“Manuscript Notes” are a means to share preliminary observations, conjectures, and conclusions. The maximum length of submissions for such notes is 1,200-1,500 words (including foot notes), with accommodation for up to two black-and-white illustrations.

Address submissions and books for review to Manuscripta, Knights of Columbus Vatican Film Library, Pius XII Memorial Library, Saint Louis University, 3650 Lindell Blvd., St. Louis, MO 63108-3302 or to


Manuscripta (ISSN 0025-2603) is published twice yearly for the Knights of Columbus Vatican Film Library. For print and online subscriptions, contact Brepols Publishers. The journal is available online through Brepols Periodica Online. Print back issues for 1957-98 are available from the Vatican Film Library at $10 per issue.

The journal also publishes Manuscripta Publications in Manuscript Research, a subsidiary monograph series of studies, essay collections, or catalogues pertaining to medieval and Renaissance manuscript studies. Contact Brepols Publishers for more information. The first volume in the series is A Catalogue of the Manuscripts in the Library at Holkham Hall. Vol. 1, Manuscripts from Italy to 1500. Pt. 1, Shelfmarks 1–399, by Suzanne Reynolds.

Erica Lauriello

About Erica Lauriello

Erica Lauriello is a former staff member in the Vatican Film Library.

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