Medieval Slavic Manuscripts and Culture

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Books from the Czech Republic

Recently arrived in the Hilandar Research Library stacks are three books, courtesy of  Václav Čermák (Department of Medieval Slavonic and Byzantine Studies, Institute for Slavonic Studies, Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic in Prague). We greatly appreciate the addition of these volumes to our collection.

The Cyril and Methodius Mission and Europe: 1150 Years Since the Arrival of the Thessaloniki Brothers in Great Moravia, edited by Pavel Kouřil et al. (Brno, 2014). The work was funded by the Ministry of Culture NAKI project “Great Moravia and 1150 years of Christianity in Central Europe.”

The volume includes an introduction by Vladimir Vavřínek, with articles by Josef Žemlička, Herwig Wolfram, Ian Wood, David Kalhous, Zdeněk Měřínský, Lumír Poláček, Luděk Galuška, Christian Lübke, Jiří Macháček, Pavel Kouřil, Blanka Kavánová, Alexander T. Ruttkay, Milan Hanuliak, Karol Pieta, Ivana Boháčová, Nad’a Profantová, Krzysztof Jaworski, Jacek Poleski, Sergei Ivanov, Libor Jan, Maddalena Betti, Ivan Biliarsky, Ján Steinhübel, Petr Charvát, Khristo Trendafilov, Marija Yovcheva, Continue reading

Texts and Contexts Conference, November 15-16, 2013


The annual Texts and Contexts conference, sponsored by the Center for Epigraphical and Palaeographical Studies at The Ohio State University, was held Friday and Saturday, November 15-16, 2013, in Columbus, Ohio. Three panels convened on Friday, with the evening devoted to the Virginia Brown Memorial Lecture and a reception. The two remaining panels were scheduled on Saturday.

Friday, November 15, 2013

Session I: Texts and Their Progeny

Moderator: Anna A. Grotans (Department of Germanic Languages and Literatures, The Ohio State University)

Caroline Stark (Department of Classics, Howard University): Lorenzo Bonincontri as Commentator

Amanda J. Gerber (Department of Languages and Literature, Eastern New Mexico University): Grammatical and Rhetorical Paraphrases in Rome, Biblioteca Casanatense 1369 and Oxford, Merton College 299

Michael Meckler (Center for Epigraphical and Palaeographical Studies, The Ohio State University): Designer Dogs’ in an Illustrated Manuscript of Ps.-Oppian’s Cynegetica

Session II: Script and Manuscripts

Moderator: Quinn Radziszewski (Department of Classics, The Ohio State University)

Ainoa Castro Correa (Postdoctoral Fellow, Pontifical Institute of Mediaeval Studies): The Galician Visigothic Script, A New Regional Variant?

Heather C. Key (University College Cork): The Eponymous Goddesses of  Lebor Gabála Érenn

Erika Nuti (Università degli Studi di Torino, Italy): Lost and Found: The Turin National Library and the Achievements of the Greek Books Project

 Session III: Medieval Latin Texts

Moderator: Michael Jean (Department of Classics, The Ohio State University)

Scott G. Bruce (Center for Medieval and Early Modern Studies, University of Colorado at Boulder): Relatio sancti Maioli de duobus ducibus: Prayer for the Dead and its Rewards in an Unstudied Cluniac Story Cycle from the Twelfth Century

Tomás O’Sullivan & Alexander Giltner (Department of Theological Studies, Saint Louis University):The Reference Bible’s  Praefatio euangelii: Editing the Principal Textual Witness to an Amorphous Tradition

Tina Chronopoulos (Classical and Near Eastern Studies, State University of New York Binghamton): A Latin-German version of the Passion of St. Katherine of Alexandria

Virginia Brown Memorial Lecture

Introduction: Richard Fletcher (Department of Classics, The Ohio State University)

Julia Haig Gaisser (Eugenia Chase Guild Professor Emeritus in the Humanities, Bryn Mawr College): Excuses, Excuses: Racy Poetry from Catullus to Joannes Secundus


Saturday, November 16, 2013

Session IV: Medieval Vernacular Texts

Moderator:  John Richards (Department of Classics, The Ohio State University)

Jos A.A.M. Biemans (Department of Book History and Manuscript Studies, Universiteit van Amsterdam): The Manuscript Tradition of Jacob van Maerlant’s Spiegel historiael

Jacob Thaisen (Department of Cultural Studies and Languages, University of Stavanger, Norway): A Survey of Middle English Allographs

Delphine Mercuzot (Département des Manuscrits, Bibliothèque National de France): Caxton’s Recueil and ulterior manuscripts

Session V: Varia

Moderator: William Little (Department of Classics, The Ohio State University)

Giorgi Kavtaradze (Department of History, St. Andrew the First Called Georgian University): Prester John: Identity in Greek and Georgian Medieval Manuscripts

Thomas Bredehoft (Independent Scholar): Elliott Van Kirk Dobbie’s Copy of The Anglo-Saxon Poetic Records


With the conclusion of the official conference program, Jos A.A.M. Biemans (Amsterdam), accompanied by Erika Nuti (Torino), and Giorgi Kavtaradze (Tblisi) received a guided tour of the Rare Books and Manuscripts Library (RBMS) and the Hilandar Research Library (HRL) from Dr. Eric J. Johnson, RBMS Curator of Early Books and Manuscripts, and from the HRL’s Associate Curator.


Source: Program from the Texts and Contexts conference, and the conference website.


Translatio: MRGSA Conference, October 4-5, 2013


The OSU Medieval and Renaissance Graduate Student Association (MRGSA) held its second annual conference, Translatio, in Columbus, October 4-5. The plenary lecture, “Untying the Knot Between ‘Medieval’ and ‘Renaissance’: The Uses and Dangers of Literary Periodization,” was presented by Dr. Jonathan Combs-Schilling (OSU Department of French and Italian).

Front cover of the program for the Tranlatio conference

Just before the Friday evening lecture, held in Thompson Library 165, conference attendees were able to peruse a selection of original manuscripts and early printed books from the Rare Books and Manuscripts Library hosted by the Curator of Early Books and Manuscripts, Eric J. Johnson. Dr. Johnson invited the Hilandar Research Library to contribute items to the display, so that Translatio was afforded the opportunity to view two late 18th-century Russian manuscripts, in addition to a couple of 17th- and 18th-century early printed Cyrillic books.

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Early Modern Printed Book Open House

Photograph of patrons examining printed books that are displayed on long tables

Early Modern Printed Books Open House, April 3, 2013, Thompson Library

The OSU Libraries held its final open house of the school year, the Early Modern Printed Book Open House, on Wednesday, April 3rd. Organized by Amanda Gluibizzi, Fine Arts Librarian, Eric J. Johnson, Curator of Early Books and Manuscripts, and Melanie McGurr, Instruction and Access Librarian for Special Collections, the Open House “primarily featured books, pamphlets, art and architectural treatises, and travel itineraries in English, Latin, German, French, Italian, and Spanish.

“Items with substantial visual material that date from the 1400s to the 19th century from OSUL’s collections university-wide were available for viewing. Among the artists and authors included were Albrecht Durër, Giorgio Vasari, Leon-Battista Alberti, Andrea Palladio, Giovanni Battista Piranesi, Sebastiano Serlio, Baldassare Castiglione, Peter Paul Rubens, William Blake, and many more. Subjects included History, English, Architecture, Entomology, Herbology, Astrology, and more.

“Dr. Johnson was on hand to explain the making and materials of these objects, as well as to help with on-the-spot Latin translations.

photo of title page of Greek early printed book

Greek Triodion, published in Venice by Nicolas Glykys, 1744

“Patrons with freshly clean hands were able to handle the items gently. No backpacks or portfolios, food, drink, or wet media were brought into the room with the materials. Pencils and paper were recommended for note-taking and sketching, and photography was permitted.” Several professors brought their classes to view the materials.

Photo of old printed books lined up on a table

Printed books from the collection of the Hilandar Research Library: Slavic, Greek, and Romanian

The organizers graciously invited the Hilandar Research Library to participate in their Open House this semester. Hilandar displayed five of its Russian Early Printed Books, which were donated by Olga Karpov, Edward Kasinec, Alex Rabinovich et al., as well as its one Greek volume. A Romanian printed book donated by Dehlia and John Negulesco and the rare 18th-century Briusovskaia kalendar’ (Книга именуемая брюсовск̆ои календарь), which was a gift of Alex Rabinovich, were also made available at the Open House.

Lauren Ressue, OSU Department of Slavic and East European Languages and Cultures graduate student and Graduate Associate for the Resource Center for Medieval Slavic Studies, was on hand at the Open House to assist visitors in deciphering the languages and genres of the HRL early modern printed books.

Source: OSU Libraries’ announcement advertising the Early Modern Printed Book Open House

View more photos from the event on the Facebook page of the OSU Rare Books and Manuscripts Library

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Recent Acquisition: A History of Servia


The Hilandar Research Library recently acquired a copy of A History of Servia, and the Servian Revolution, from Original Mss. and Documents. London: John Murray, 1848. 8vo. xxiv, 477, [3] pp. Translated from the German of Leopold Ranke by Mrs. Alexander Kerr. Second edition.

Photo of title page of the book and map


An exquisite painting of “St. Paul’s cathedral viewed from the Thames, with a sailboat manned by two men in the foreground drifting by Blackfriars Bridge” is preserved on the volume’s fore-edge.

Fore-edge painting

The book is bound in 19th-century gilt red morocco with a crowned double-headed eagle stamped on the front cover. There is an attempt to spell out in Cyrillic “Благоверны Кнезь Лазарь Србскый” followed by a date using Cyrillic letters and then “Бжѥю млтію.”


Ranke Front Cover


Purchase of this volume was made possible by a generous donation from Alex Machaskee.


Thanks to Eric J. Johnson, Curator of Early Books and Manuscripts, OSU Libraries, for bringing this volume to the attention of the Hilandar staff.