I manoscritti digitalizzati della British Library


Harley MS 4425, Roman de la Rose

La British Library ha digitalizzato e reso accessibili 760 manoscritti prodotti tra l’XI e il XVIII secolo. La riproduzione di ogni manoscritto è corredata da una scheda bibliografica che descrive in modo accurato il contenuto e le caratteristiche fisiche del manufatto, a cui si aggiungono le indicazioni bibliografiche degli studi specifici ad esso dedicati.

Il progetto di digitalizzazione è stato avviato anni fa con un progetto pilota condotto su 284 manoscritti in greco.

The Greek Manuscripts Digitisation Project, funded by the Stavros Niarchos Foundation, was a pilot project devoted to the full digitisation of 284 Greek manuscripts. The digitised manuscripts, together with summary catalogue descriptions, are now available at the Digitised Manuscripts section of the British Library’s website. The project helped us develop policies and workflows, and acquire skills and experience, that can be applied to the mass-digitisation of all the British Library’s pre-1600 manuscripts.

The 250 manuscripts initially selected for this project were chosen because they offered a good range of different types of Greek manuscript and included some notable highlights of the British Library’s collection. These manuscripts, all from the Additional Manuscripts collection, were also at the time amongst the least accessible since they had not yet been catalogued to modern standards. The project has created full digital representations of all text-bearing pages of these manuscripts, as well as summary catalogue descriptions, and has made these freely available via the British Library’s website.

Upon securing additional funding, the project was able to digitise a further 34 manuscripts from the Harley collection.

L’ultimo manoscritto inserito nella biblioteca digitale è il Vangelo di S. Cuthbert Add MS 89000  (circa 698 – ultimo quarto del XIII secolo), considerato il libro più antico arrivato integro fino ad oggi.

Si consiglia di consultare anche il Digitised Manuscripts blog, curato dai responsabili della British Library che si occupnao della digitalizzazione dei manoscritti.

URL: <http://www.bl.uk/manuscripts/About.aspx>

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