[Humanist] 22.549 new on WWW: new Blake; library of medieval mss

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  [1]   From:    "Donald Weinshank" <weinshan at cse.msu.edu>                 (46)
        Subject: UCLA team creates virtual library of medieval manuscripts

  [2]   From:    William S Shaw <wsshaw at email.unc.edu>                     (49)
        Subject: Update to the William Blake Archive

        Date: Wed, 18 Feb 2009 17:23:03 -0500
        From: "Donald Weinshank" <weinshan at cse.msu.edu>
        Subject: UCLA team creates virtual library of medieval manuscripts

Fellow Humanists:

I want to call your attention to 



UCLA team creates virtual library of medieval manuscripts

Assistant professor of English Matthew Fisher is the architect of the
Catalogue of Digitized Medieval Manuscripts.

Google "Edward the Confessor" and you'll get page after page of links to
biographies of this 11th-century English king, to Westminster Abbey, which
he founded and where he is buried, and to the Magna Carta, which was partly
inspired by laws enacted during his 24-year reign.
But a completely digitized manuscript of the oldest surviving Anglo-Norman
history of the king does not turn up - at least on the first 20 search pages
- even though Cambridge University painstakingly scanned the sumptuously
illustrated manuscript in 2003.
Fisher set out two years ago to remedy the situation. With the assistance of
two graduate students in English, a computer developer from UCLA's Center
for Digital Humanities and Christopher Baswell, a former UCLA professor of
English, Fisher decided to collect links to every manuscript from the eighth
to the 15th century that had been fully digitized by any library, archive,
institute or private owner anywhere in the world.

Highlights of the virtual holdings include:
     * The largest surviving collection of the works of Christine de Pizan,
one of the first women in Europe to earn a living as a writer. The
manuscript was commissioned by Queen Isabeau of France in 1414 and is now
held by the British Library.
    * An Irish copy of the Gospel of John, bound in ivory and presented to
Charlemagne sometime around 800, now in the library of the monastery of St.
Gall in Switzerland.
    * The Junius manuscript, one of only four major manuscripts preserving
poetry in Old English. Dated to around 1000, the book is now among the
holdings of Oxford's Bodleian Library.


Dr. Don Weinshank Professor Emeritus Comp. Sci. & Eng.
1520 Sherwood Ave., East Lansing MI 48823-1885
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        Date: Wed, 18 Feb 2009 20:52:33 -0500 (EST)
        From: William S Shaw <wsshaw at email.unc.edu>
        Subject: Update to the William Blake Archive

The William Blake Archive <www.blakearchive.org> is pleased to announce 
the publication of the electronic edition of _Milton a Poem_ copy B. 
There are only four copies of _Milton_, Blake's most personal epic. Copy 
B, from the Huntington Library and Art Gallery, joins copy A, from the 
British Museum, and copy C, from the New York Public Library, previously 
published in the Archive.

Blake etched forty-five plates for _Milton_ in relief, with some full-page 
designs in white-line etching, between c. 1804 (the date on the title 
page) and c. 1810. Six additional plates (a-f) were probably etched in 
subsequent years up to 1818. No copy contains all fifty-one plates. The 
prose "Preface" (plate 2) appears only in copies A and B. Plates a-e 
appear only in copies C and D, plate f only in copy D. The first printing, 
late in 1810 or early in 1811, produced copies A-C, printed in black ink 
and finished in water colors. Blake retained copy C and added new plates 
and rearranged others at least twice; copy C was not finished until c. 
1821. Copy D was printed in 1818 in orange ink and elaborately colored. 
The Archive will publish an electronic edition of copy D in the near 

Like all the illuminated books in the Archive, the text and images of 
_Milton_ copy B are fully searchable and are supported by our Inote and 
ImageSizer applications. With the Archive's Compare feature, users can 
easily juxtapose multiple impressions of any plate across the different 
copies of this or any of the other illuminated books. New protocols for 
transcription, which produce improved accuracy and fuller documentation in 
editors' notes, have been applied to all copies of _Milton_ in the 

With the publication of _Milton_ copy B, the Archive now contains fully 
searchable and scalable electronic editions of sixty-eight copies of 
Blake's nineteen illuminated books in the context of full bibliographic 
information about each work, careful diplomatic transcriptions of all 
texts, detailed descriptions of all images, and extensive bibliographies. 
In addition to illuminated books, the Archive contains many important 
manuscripts and series of engravings, sketches, and water color drawings, 
including Blake's illustrations to Thomas Gray's _Poems_, water color and 
engraved illustrations to Dante's _Divine Comedy_, the large color printed 
drawings of 1795 and c. 1805, the Linnell and Butts sets of the _Book of 
Job_ water colors and the sketchbook containing drawings for the engraved 
illustrations to the _Book of Job_, the water color illustrations to 
Robert Blair's _The Grave_, and all nine of Blake's water color series 
illustrating the poetry of John Milton.

As always, the William Blake Archive is a free site, imposing no access 
restrictions and charging no subscription fees. The site is made possible 
by the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, the continuing support 
of the Library of Congress, and the cooperation of the international array 
of libraries and museums that have generously given us permission to 
reproduce works from their collections in the Archive.

Morris Eaves, Robert N. Essick, and Joseph Viscomi, editors
Ashley Reed, project manager, William Shaw, technical editor
The William Blake Archive

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