Early Modern British, European, and Osborn Collections

The early modern European collections support the study of readers and reading, literature, history, the history of science, and the spread of humanist culture from 1500 to 1800.
  • An image of a manuscript page with a rubricated initial and black text in gothic script.

    Takamiya MS 98: An Excised Fragment of the Stafford Gower

    March 27, 2022

  • An image of a manuscript page with illuminated and rubricated initials and black text.

    Osborn fa38: An Early Copy of Petrus Comestor’s Historia scholastica

    January 18, 2022

  • 16th Century Playing Cards with Kathryn James (That Shakespeare Life)

    May 18, 2020

  • Paleographical Challenge #73

    May 8, 2020

    Today’s post, pictured above, is the last for the 2020 Paleographical Challenge . Unlike the previous 72 puzzles, this, shall we say, is a rather post-...
  • Paleographical Challenge #72

    May 7, 2020

    Today’s puzzle pictured above for the Paleographical Challenge . Suggested transcription for yesterday’s guest manuscript shown below: March 21. L...
  • Paleographical Challenge #71

    May 6, 2020

    Today’s guest manuscript comes courtesy of Sue Walker (Head of Public Services) and Cindy Roman (Curator, Prints, Drawings, & Paintings) at Yale...