Introduction to Western Codicology

Instructor: Ilya Dines
Location: Smithsonian / Washington D.C.
Mode: In-person
Dates: August 14 – August 18
Tuition: $1200.00

Course Description:

This course focuses on the skills required to analyze, research and understand medieval Western manuscripts as physical objects, from the way manuscripts must be handled and measured, through their binding and construction, and finally through the organization of quires and their writing surface. Ultimately, students will understand how all the elements work in tandem to produce a manuscript. After mastering these skills, students will proceed to the methods by which medieval manuscripts are described from a codicological point of view. This course is based primarily on the holdings of the Smithsonian institute as well as on my extensive image archive, and on visits to the rare and special collections of the Library of Congress.

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