Introduction to Western Codicology
Instructor: Ilya Dines
Location: Smithsonian Libraries and Archives / Washington D.C.
Dates: August 14 – August 18
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.
Completion of this course helps to meet requirements for one of the following certificate requirements:
- 1 of 3 elective credit courses for Certificate in Rare Books and Manuscripts, or
- 1 of 2 elective credit courses for Certificate in Librarianship, Activism, and Justice