Guide To Medieval and Renaissance Manuscripts in the Huntington Library


This catalogue has involved the work of many individuals, the first of whom was Herbert C. Schulz, Curator of Manuscripts, 1940-70. Although Mr. Schulz did not live to see the catalogue published, he knew it was in progress, and would, I hope, have been pleased to recognize his own work as the foundation for the descriptions of the Middle English manuscripts. Others who contributed to this part of the project are Ralph Hanna III regarding texts, Malcolm B. Parkes regarding dating, Kathleen L. Scott regarding art, and especially Ian Doyle, who, in all too short a stay at the Huntington and in continuous letters, helped in so many ways that I could scarcely identify each and all of his contributions.

Many readers coming to the Huntington for their own work generously offered their expertise and their time to the project. I am particularly grateful to François Avril, James Marrow, and Nicole Reynaud for their help in the identification of artists and styles of art. John H. Baker provided invaluable assistance with the English legal manuscripts. A.R.A. Hobson kindly advised on bindings. Welcome comments and criticisms of draft descriptions were offered by Jeremy Griffiths, Kate Harris, Leslie Lawton, Laura Light, Robert Nelson, Pierre Rézeau, and J. R. Woodhouse.

Many others were asked for information via a letter. Among them, I thank Janet Backhouse, Leonard Boyle O.P., Albinia de la Mare, Nigel Palmer, Lilian Randall, Barbara Shailor, and Philip Webber. Nigel Wilson’s work on the two Greek manuscripts allowed their inclusion in the volume.

Scholars in the Los Angeles area also gave assistance; I am endebted to Franz Baüml, the late John Benton, Leena Löfstedt, and Eleanor Searle for their kind help.

Richard Rouse’s work on this project began before my own, when the Huntington asked him to serve as consultant to the catalogue. His contribution has been considerably greater than that: he provided contacts with scholars in Europe and in America; he read and re-read every description; he wrote a goodly number of them himself; his advice has shaped the catalogue from the language of descriptions to the localizing and dating of manuscripts. I thank him very much.

Virginia Rust, of the Huntington Library, deserves full credit for the descriptions of the portolan atlases, a field beyond my capacities. Drafts of Middle English descriptions done by Herbert C. Schulz saved me precious time in his very careful bibliographic work. I am grateful for the help given by Sara S. Hodson and Ephrem Compte towards preliminary drafts of some descriptions.

I also extend my thanks for the warm support given to me by other staff of the Huntington Library: Fred Perez and Jim Corwin in the Manuscript Stacks; Ron Tank in Conservation; Barbara Quinn and Janet Hawkins in Photography and Inter-Library Loan; Jane Evans and Guilland Sutherland in Publications; Robert Schlosser who took the photographs for this volume; Susan Naulty who typed the catalogue with precision and intelligence. Daniel H. Woodward, as Librarian, oversaw the administrative aspects of the project, and gave it his firm support.

Kevin Roddy of the University of California, Davis was my guide through the mazes of UNIX to produce the index to this volume.

Above all, I am indebted to Mary Robertson, whose caring and calm guidance has directed this project and made the Manuscripts Department of the Huntington Library both a serious and a joyous place of work.

Dennis Dutschke and Alithia Dutschke managed with my long absences from home; to them I owe more in apologies than thanks could express.



C. W. Dutschke with the assistance of R. H. Rouse et al., Guide to Medieval and Renaissance Manuscripts in the Huntington Library (San Marino, 1989). Copyright 1989.
Henry E. Huntington Library and Art Gallery, San Marino, California.
Electronic version encoded by Sharon K, Goetz, 2003.
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