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Metal clasps and blind tooling on a leather cover. This is a German gospel book with evangelist portraits, c. 1480. The Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, OH. Image available for personal, non-commercial use.

Metal clasps and blind tooling on a leather cover. This is a German gospel book with evangelist portraits, c. The Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, OH.

An example of a flap on the cover of an Islamic manuscript. The flap was used to keep the book closed. The cover is leather with stamped and gilded decoration. Egypt or Syria, first half of the 14th century. Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. Public Domain.

An example of a flap on the cover of an Islamic manuscript. The flap was used to keep the book closed. The cover is leather with stamped and gilded decoration. Egypt or Syria, first half of the century. Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York.

Canon table from a 6th-century Syrian manuscript. You can see a lot of marginal decoration here, too. The Rabbula Gospels (Evangelia characteribus Syriacis exarata) Biblioteca Medicea Laurenziana, Firenze. Plut. 01.56, f. 4r. Copyright Biblioteca Medicea Laurenziana.

Canon table from a Syrian manuscript. You can see a lot of marginal decoration here, too. The Rabbula Gospels (Evangelia characteribus Syriacis exarata) Biblioteca Medicea Laurenziana, Firenze.

An historiated initial depicting St Giustina disputing with the Emperor Maximian. Cut out from a choir book illuminiated by Girolamo da Cremona,1462, from Lombardy. Victoria & Albert Museum, London. The V&A allows free use of its images for non-commercial purposes.

St Giustina disputing with Maximian Object: Manuscript Place of origin: Lombardy, Italy (illuminated) Date: (illuminated) Artist/Maker: da Cremona, Girolamo (illuminator) Materials and Techniques: Water-based pigments, gilding and ink on parchment

This scribe accidentally omitted a section of text when he was copying, probably because he returned to the original text in the wrong place. He added the missing text in the margin and included this little figure pulling it into the main text area. The manuscript is Arundel 38  f. 65. The Regiment of Princes (De Regimine Principum) by Thomas Hoccleve. From England between 1411 and 1432. Written in English; the script is Gothic cursive. The British Library, London. Public Domain.

Arundel 38 f. 65 Title The Regiment of Princes (De Regimine Principum) Origin England, S.) Date between 1411 and 1432 Language English with Latin glosses and headings Script Gothic cursive

In this illustration, you can see two scribes at work transcribing texts. Both of them have their source material on their desks near the new quires they're writing on. One of them may be Jacques de Guyse, who worked on this manuscript. It is the Chroniques de Hainault. Flanders, 1450-1475.  BnF, Manuscrits, français 20128 f. 1  © Bibliothèque nationale de France

In this illustration, you can see two scribes at work transcribing texts. Both of them have their source material on their desks near the new quires they're writing on. One of them may be Jacques de Guyse, who worked on this manuscript. It is the Chroniques de Hainault. Flanders, 1450-1475. BnF, Manuscrits, français 20128 f. 1 © Bibliothèque nationale de France

An example of a manuscript written in humanistic miniscule. It's so clear and legible, particularly compared to the thick and compressed Gothic scripts. Cambridge, Harvard University, Houghton Library, MS Typ 0252, f. 34. Public Domain.

demonagerie: “ Cambridge, Harvard University, Houghton Library, MS Typ f. Lectionary of the Gospels for Holy Week. France (Tours), quarter of the century. Artist: Master of Claude.

An example of a manuscript page written in Italian textua (textualis - a type of Gothic script). Morgan Library in New York. Book of Hours Italy, Milan, ca. 1450-1475 MS M.80 fol. 17v. Copyright Morgan Library.

An example of a manuscript page written in Italian textua (textualis - a type of Gothic script). Morgan Library in New York. Book of Hours Italy, Milan, ca.