Since writing the previous post, I had another look on YouTube, and found a clip of the film in which Baskerville and Adso first visit the Library. All the manuscripts appear in the first 2 minutes of this 4½-minute clip:
This scene includes a few more shots of open manuscripts, mostly the same as the ones seen in the scriptorium scene.
Saturday, 21 September 2019
|Sean Connery, as William de Baskerville, inspecting a manuscript|
[The 4½-minute scene should play if if click this YouTube link, with the usual options to pause, watch full-screen, etc.; but you don't have to watch it in order to understand what follows]
Here is an overview of the scriptorium, as seen when the heroes of the story (the Franciscan William de Baskerville, played by Sean Connery, and his young protégé Adso of Melk, played by Christian Slater) first enter the room:
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Saturday, 14 September 2019
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Thursday, 12 September 2019
|Kay outside the Musée Cluny, Paris, in 2007|
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Saturday, 7 September 2019
A recent post caused me to look again at the question of the price-code use by at least one of the Brölemanns, and found in their manuscripts.
In my much older post about the Brölemann catalogues, I wrote that If enough examples could be collected, it ought also to be possible to decipher the Brölemann price-code. From the images we have, it is apparent that x=0, and other numbers are represented by c, d, l, q, s, t, and u.
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Saturday, 31 August 2019
In a footnote to the previous post I mentioned that Ernst Detterer owned a 29-leaf portion of a 15th-century Italian copy of Prosper of Acquitaine (now re-attributed to Julianus Pomerius), De vita activa et contemplativa, on paper, of which one leaf is at the Newberry Library:
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Saturday, 24 August 2019
|Chicago, Newberry Library, Case MS 137, no. 7 (detail)|
The heading is written in very elegant epigraphic capitals, in lines of blue, red, olive green, and dark purple inks. These colours, alternating in this order, are characteristic of the famous Paduan scribe Bartolomeo Sanvito (also discussed in this blogpost).
Here is an example of a heading by Sanvito, using the same colours in the same sequence, but with the addition of lines of gold (another of his favoured colour-sequences):
|Escorial, MS F.IV.11 (detail)|