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VERY interesting to a very few people, the online availability of a middle-low German dictionary, the Vocabularius Theutonicus.  It provides Latin translations of the German, as well as sometimes explanations/synonyms in German.  The online version is bidirectional, so you can search by Latin or German word
Vocabularius Theutonicus online. [Einführung] [Impressum] · [Suche mittelniederdeutsch] [Suche lateinisch]. Ergebnisse für: Array.
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There's finally a public website for the Great 2016 Manuscript Exhibition!   Most interesting to the local folk might be the calendar of events
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Awesome. Thank you! :)
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Some thoughts on +Harvard University #HoughtonLibrary MS Typ 731, a horribly mangled, lovely Book of Hours.   It has some of the most careful ruling and lettering I've seen.
http://mt.wiglaf.org/aaronm/2016/07/houghton-library---typ-731.html
(The picture below is from the start of Nones of the Hours of the BVM)
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oh, that is lovely.
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Some thoughts on scribal errors and practice from a Book of Hours at the #BostonPublicLibrary .  Excuse the weird lack of color-correction on the images, the lighting in their reading room is HORRIBLE
Sometimes errors provide an interesting insight into processes. In this case the context is the calendar section of a Book of Hours held by the Boston Public Library, MS q. med 89, which dates to the mid 15th century and was made in Poitiers, France. In this calendar there are three columns of ...
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Apparently it's just impossible to paint Luke and his ox not looking drunk
(BPL MS q. med 137, f.36r)
John doesn't have it much better, that eagle looks about to peck his eyes out
(ibid, 34v)
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Well that's a fascinating document, a Hebrew edition of Thomas Aquinas' Commentary on Aristotle's De anima.  So a Hebrew translation of St. Thomas' commentary on a Latin translation of Aristotle's Greek text.  (The vatican really needs to work on their page viewer for R to L texts, they end up misnumbering pages so they display in the right order
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A logical chain:
* For 28 more minutes it's still #InternationalCatDay .
* Harvard's #HoughtonLibrary owns an Ordinal from Nivelles, Belgium, catalogued as MS Lat 442
* The double Benedictine abbey at Nivelles was founded by Itta of Aquataine and first led by her daughter Gertrude.
* According to people since the 1980s, St. Gertrude of Nivelles is also the patron saint of Cats

Therefore you should be sure to see it at the upcoming #BeyondWords2016 exhibition.  It's also a chance to learn exactly how much Salmon you get on a feast day! (F.95r)
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Two closeup shots from +Harvard University #HoughtonLibrary MS Typ 553.

 The one on the left is from f.1r, at the very bottom.  I was amused at the scribal thrift, he's written the name Cyrus (the third piece of the last line, after S[an]c[t]or[um] M[artyr] with just 4 strokes of the pen (it kinda looks like "mi").  For completeness, after Cyrus is "& ioh[an]is".  Sts. Cyrus and John were martyred on the 31st of January

On the right is F.1v, where it looks like there's gesso for a second K to be gilded, but it never happened. I have no idea why one would want two 'k's in a row, or why you'd gesso them (there's one for almost every month) and never gild.  The rest of the MS is well gilded
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In Irish Annals, they'd use "Kł" to mark a new year (Jan 1), even when nothing happened in that year (that they knew of). So when there are gaps in the record, they'd just write a block of Kł.Kł.Kł.Kł.Kł.Kł... to tick off the years. And then they'd lose count, and that Annals would be out a year or five from the other copies.
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Bad news: knocked a chefs knife off the counter
Good news: proper reaction, moved WAY back and let it fall
And then this happened. At least it didn't go point down and snap the tip off the knife
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Pdf of Treasures from UCL now freely available.

http://www.ucl.ac.uk/ucl-press/browse-books/treasures-from-ucl
Treasures from UCL. Treasures from UCL book cover. Return to results. Gillian Furlong | June 2015. Format: 270x230mm. Open Access PDF ISBN: 978-1-910634-36-3. FREE. Paperback ISBN: 978-1-910634-01-1 £20.00. Pages: 192. Download free · Buy paperback now · Enhanced version. About the book ...
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Querki is the other other project I'm currently involved in, and it just went to open beta. That means anyone can sign up and start using it to keep track of ... Stuff!
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Huh -- weird. Java shouldn't matter: Querki's front end is pure JavaScript from your point of view. (It's actually written in Scala, but then compiled down to JavaScript. Lots and lots of JavaScript.)

Thanks for digging into this for me. Even if they're only visible to a few people, I want to know about any and all glitches, so that we can try to stomp on them if possible...
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This is probably the only picture I can post of the +The Morgan Library & Museum reading room. On the other hand 6 hours spent there let me work through 6 books of hours ( ok I only fully transcribed from 4.5 of them, but have pics from the rest) AND I was able to stare at one of the only complete montecassino MS on the east coast. Not a bad way to spend a rainy day
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