Early Books at the Beinecke: From the Curator's Desk
Eric Knibbs, Assistant Professor of History at Williams College (and Yale Ph.D.
October 29, 2013
Two weeks ago, Professor Anders Winroth, Forst Family Professor of History, brought the Library of the Stephan Kuttner Institute of Canon Law back to Yale after a multi-decade journey in which it traveled from Yale to Berkeley (along with Stephan Kuttner, its founder) and then after Kuttner's death it moved to Munich, Germany. Professor Winroth, working with Law School Special Collections Librarian Mike Widener, oversaw the Library's successful transfer. More details can be found on Mike
September 27, 2013
This year's Yale Lectures in Medieval Studies brings several scholars to campus who work on issues of scribal transmission and other aspects of the history of the medieval book. Attendance is free and open to all.
September 26, 2013
Yale School of Music Asst. Prof. Stephen Gorbos used the Voynich Cipher Manuscript, held at the Beinecke, to inspire the text and music of an original piece. "Such Sphinxes as These Obey No One but Their Master" was performed on the Library's mezzanine to a capacity crowd.
February 28, 2013
The Beinecke Library has a beautifully illuminated fourteenth-century copy of the Vaticinia de summis pontificibus, a text that purports to foretell future popes and prophecies relating to them.
February 27, 2013
Professor Anthony Edwards, University of Kent, will be leading a master class in editing Middle English manuscripts. The class will take place May 13-17, 2013, immediately following the International Medieval Congress in Kalamazoo, Michigan. The class is open to all Yale graduate students and is free of charge. Space is lmited. Please apply at http://beinecke.library.yale.edu/programs-events/master-classes.
February 13, 2013
An English pocket Bible in Latin arrived this past fall in the Beinecke's collections. The Bible shows many signs of use, including numerous marginal notes and it contains a separate book to aid the reader, the Interpretation of Hebrew Names, a detail of which is shown here. Given its portability and scholarly use, it was likely owned by a Dominican or Franciscan preacher, but only further research with answer such questions. This book has been in private hands and not available for academic study until now.
February 10, 2013
News and musings about the various collections under the care of the Curator for Early Books and Manuscripts