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Piece by piece

Many of the copies of the Imago mundi text and its translations that we have catalogued for our database are in a fragmentary state. Medieval manuscript fragments are an important resource that has attracted increasing scholarly attention in recent years. Fragments can tell us much about the richness of medieval manuscript cultures. An extraordinary case are the Norwegian manuscript fragments, examined in the recent University of Bergen project ‘From manuscript fragments to book history’.

For more on manuscript fragments, see, for instance:

Clarkson, Christopher, ‘Preservation and Display of Single Parchment Leaves and Fragments’ in: Guy Petherbridge, ed.,Conservation of Library and Archive Materials and the Graphic Arts (London, 1987), pp. 201-209

Esther Fried,’Improved Methods of Storage for Illuminated Manuscript Fragments on Parchment’, Conservation Journal 35 (2000)


For a study of an Imago mundi manuscript fragment, see:

Petrovskaia, „The Travels of a Quire from the Twelfth Century to the Twenty-First: The Case of Rawlinson B 484, fols. 1-6‟, in Simon Horobin and Linne A. Mooney, ed., Middle English Texts in Transition: A Festschrift dedicated to Toshiyuki Takamiya on his 70th birthday (Cambridge: Boydell and Brewer for York Medieval Press, 2014), pp. 250-67