The following links are from the British Library's Turning the Pages platform, which includes a total of 36 books. The platform virtually simulates the experience of turning the pages of a number of rare books while providing insightful commentary about each page. Most of these items are distinguished by the unique artistry of their illuminations, decoration, handwriting, page composition, and binding. Many geographic locations are represented with a focus on British literature.
The Montserrat Papyrus codex is our oldest witness to Cicero's Catilinarians, nestled in a very idiosyncratic miscellany of Greek and Latin, Christian and classical texts - including an Alcestis epyllion and a tale about the Emperor Hadrianhttps://t.co/C9iTSSqspv pic.twitter.com/ZaB0vvcLIj— Transmission of the Latin Classics (@OxGTLC) October 22, 2021
Images of scribes in manuscripts are wonderful evidence for the work & joy involved in the production of books. This thoughtful apostolic scribe in Dunstan Pontifical (Canterbury or Sherborne, after 960) holds a flamboyant quill as he sets about his work (Paris,BN, Lat 973) pic.twitter.com/G6l9GEuE4X— Elaine Treharne (@ETreharne) January 9, 2022
A baby! This little guy is Ms. Codex 1248, a 15th century Italian liturgical miscellany containing music and prayers. The organization and inclusion of a Guidonian hand suggest a pedagogical use. See it online: https://t.co/JaYNzOdgT1 pic.twitter.com/qL6PHzZv1C— Schoenberg Institute for Manuscript Studies (@sims_mss) January 9, 2022
This Qur’ān manuscript, made in Iraq or Iran in the mid 14th CE, is the earliest known example written on European paper of Italian origin identified by its watermark.— Dr. Éléonore Cellard (@CellardEleonore) January 8, 2022
At the end of the page, the scribe continues the text in the margin in a zigzag pattern (begins at bottom left) pic.twitter.com/ehOoGjNsdJ