Selected Special Collections
Medieval and Renaissance Manuscripts
Early European manuscript books.
The Rare Book and Special Collections Division maintains custody of a varied and interesting group of early manuscript books now numbering well over a hundred pieces. The majority are described in detail in the Census of Medival and Renaissance Manuscripts in the United States and Canada (New York, 1935), by and William J. Wilson. The several manuscripts acquired since that time, especially the important group formed by Lessing J. Rosenwald, are described in the supplement to this Census published in 1962, which was originated by Professor C. U. Faye and edited by William H. Bond.
Notable manuscripts in the Library's possession include a 14th-century Bible, which has received intensivey study by Meta Harrsen in her publication, The Nekcsei-Lipocz Bible, a Fourteenth Century manuscript from Hungary in the Library of Congress (Washington, 1949); the Giant Bible of Mainz of 1452, presented by Lessing J. Rosenwald; a superb example of a Flemish Book of Hours with 56 miniatures, executed at Bruges during the last decade of the 15th century, the gift of Mrs. Felix M. Warburg as a memorial to her husband; a 13th-century lectionary written in France and containing one large miniature added in the 14th century, formerly in the library of Nathanial D. Sollers in Baltimore; two contemporary manuscripts of Valturious' De re militari and two Books of Hours executed by Georffroy Tory from the Rosenwald Collection.
Digitized Materials from the Medieval and Renaissance Manuscripts