New Issue: Manuscript Studies: A Journal of the Schoenberg Institute for Manuscript Studies

Volume 3, Number 1, Spring 2018
Special Issue: The Syriac Galen Palimpsest
Editors: William Noel and Ralph M. Rosen

The Syriac Galen Palimpsest Project: An Introduction
William Noel, Ralph M. Rosen

Pulling It All Together: Managing the Syriac Galen Palimpsest Project
Michael B. Toth

The Codicology and Conservation of the Syriac Galen Palimpsest
Abigail B. Quandt, Renée C. Wolcott

Spectral Imaging Methods Applied to the Syriac Galen Palimpsest
Roger L. Easton Jr., Keith T. Knox, William A. Christens-Barry, Ken Boydston

The Galen Palimpsest and the Modest Ambitions of the Digital Data Set
Doug Emery

The Syriac Galen Palimpsest: A Tale of Two Texts
Naima Afif, Siam Bhayro, Grigory Kessel, Peter E. Pormann, William I. Sellers, Natalia Smelova

Analyzing Images, Editing Texts: The Manchester Project
Naima Afif, Siam Bhayro, Peter E. Pormann, William I. Sellers, Natalia Smelova

The Textual Interest of the Syriac Versions of Galen’s Simples
Irene Calà, Jimmy Daccache, Robert Hawley

Of Scribes and Scripts: Citizen Science and the Cairo Geniza
Laura Newman Eckstein

Preserving Endangered Archives in Jerba, Tunisia: The al-Bāsī Family Library Pilot Project
Ali Boujdidi, Paul M. Love

The Intricacies of Capturing the Holdings of a Mosque Library in Yemen: The Library of the Shrine of Imām al-Hādī, Ṣaʿda
Sabine Schmidtke

Compilation, Collation, and Correction in the Time of Encyclopedism: The Case of UPenn LJS 55
Nathalie Lacarrière

Mapping Manuscript Migrations: Digging into Data for the History and Provenance of Medieval and Renaissance Manuscripts
Toby Burrows, Eero Hyvönen, Lynn Ransom, Hanno Wijsman

Catalogue of the Private Collections of Manuscripts in the Egyptian National Library by Aḥmad ʿAbd al-Bāsiṭ (review)
Elias G. Saba

A Descriptive Catalogue of the Medieval and Renaissance Manuscripts of the University of Notre Dame and Saint Mary’s College by David T. Gura (review)
Lisa Fagin Davis

Meetings with Remarkable Manuscripts by Christopher De Hamel (review)
Daniel Traister

Recent Issue: Manuscript Studies

Manuscript Studies: A Journal of the Schoenberg Institute for Manuscript StudiesSpring 2017 Vol. 2.1

Justin McDaniel

Illuminating Archives: Collectors and Collections in the History of Thai Manuscripts
Justin McDaniel

Henry D. Ginsburg and the Thai Manuscripts Collection at the British Library and Beyond
Jana Igunma

Cultural Goods and FlotsamEarly Thai Manuscripts in Germany and Those Who Collected Them
Barend Jan Terwiel

Thai Manuscripts in Italian LibrariesThree Manuscripts from G. E. Gerini’s Collection Kept at the University of Naples “L’Orientale”
Claudio Cicuzza

Manuscripts in Central Thailand: Samut Khoi from Phetchaburi Province
Peter Skilling and Santi Pakdeekham

Manuscripts from the Kingdom of Siam in Japan 
Toshiya Unebe

The Chester Beatty Collection of Siamese Manuscripts in Ireland
Justin McDaniel

Siamese Manuscript Collections in the United States
Susanne Ryuyin Kerekes and Justin McDaniel


The Medieval Manuscript Book: Cultural Approaches eds. by Michael Johnston and Michael Van Dussen (review)
Benjamin C. Tilghman

A Descriptive Catalogue of the Greek Manuscript Collection of Lambeth Palace Library by Christopher Wright et al. (review)
Georgi Parpulov
Christine de Pizan in Bruges: “Le livre de la cité des dames” as “Het Bouc van de Stede der Vrauwen” (London, British Library, Add. 20698) by Orlanda S. H. Lie et al. (review)
Hanno Wijsman

Borthwick Institute for Archives by York’s Archbishops’ (review)
Alexander Devine

Beyond Words: Illuminated Manuscripts in Boston Collections by Jeffrey F. Hamburger et al., and: Beyond Words: Illuminated Manuscripts in Boston Collections eds. by Jeffrey F. Hamburger et al. (review)
Jessica Brantley

CFP: Manuscript Studies

reposted from H-NET:

Manuscript Studies: A Journal of the Schoenberg Institute for Manuscript Studies aims to bring together scholarship from around the world and across disciplines related to the study of pre-modern manuscript books and documents. This peer-reviewed journal is open to contributions that rely on both traditional methodologies of manuscript study and those that explore the potential of new ones. We publish articles that engage in a larger conversation on manuscript culture and its continued relevance in today’s world and highlight the value of manuscript evidence in understanding our shared cultural and intellectual heritage. Studies that incorporate digital methodologies to further understanding of the physical and conceptual structures of the manuscript book are encouraged. A separate section, entitled Annotations, features research in progress and digital project reports.

The editors are now accepting submissions for the Fall 2017 issue. To submit, please send a cover page with your name and contact info, the title of the submission and a short abstract along with your submission to For more information and to subscribe, go to

We are delighted to announce that the first issue is out and available online through Project Muse (

The Fall 2016 issue will be devoted to histories of collecting and provenance studies, featuring the following contributions:

  • Megan L. Cook, Joseph Holland and the Idea of the Chaucerian Book
  • Anne-Marie Eze, “Safe from Destruction by Fire”: Isabella Stewart Gardner’s Venetian Manuscripts
  • Julia Verkholantsev From Sinai to California: The Trajectory of Greek NT Codex 712 from the UCLA Young Research Library’s Special Collections (170/347)
  • Eric Johnson and Scott Gwara, “The Butcher’s Bill”: Using the Schoenberg Database to Reverse-Engineer Medieval and Renaissance Manuscript Books from Constituent Fragments
  • William P. Stoneman, The Linked Collections of William Bragge (1823–1884) of Birmingham and Dr. Thomas Shadford Walker (1834–1885) of Liverpool
  • Peter Kidd, Medieval Origins Revealed by Modern Provenance: The Case of the Bywater Missal
  • Lisa Fagin Davis, Canons, Huguenots, Movie Stars, and Missionaries: A Breviary’s Journey from Le Mans to Reno
  • Toby Burrows, Manuscripts of Sir Thomas Phillipps in North American Institutions
  • Hanno Wijsman, The Bibale Database at the IRHT: A Digital Tool for Researching Manuscript Provenance
  • Debra Taylor Cashion, Broken Books

The Spring 2017 issue, guest-edited by Justin McDaniel, Professor of Religious Studies at the University of Pennsylvania, will be devoted to a survey of major Thai manuscript collections around the world.

If you are interested in proposing a special issue for 2018 and beyond, please contact Lynn Ransom, Managing Editor, at

New Journal: Manuscript Studies

From the website:

Manuscript Studies, is a new journal that embraces the full complexity of global manuscript studies in the digital age. It has been conceived with four main goals in mind. First, to bridge the gaps between material and digital manuscript research; second, to break down the walls which often separate print and digital publication and serve as barriers between academics, professionals in the cultural heritage field, and citizen scholars; third, to serve as a forum for scholarship encompassing many pre-modern manuscripts cultures—not just those of Europe; and finally to showcase methods and techniques of analysis in manuscript studies that can be applied across different subject areas.

Manuscript Studies is now accepting submissions. See Author Guidelines for more information or email Lynn Ransom, Managing Editor, at

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