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Manuscripts

Aberdeen Bestiary. Complete high resolution version of the English manuscript, written and illuminated in ca. 1200.

AnnoTate: "Uncover the lives of artists." Crowdsourcing site to transcribe the letters, diaries, and sketchbooks of artists in the Tate Collection.

Alphabet Book. Anonymous French manuscript, 16th century. Walters Art Museum.

British Library Catalogue of Illuminated Manuscripts. Complete catalog records and spectacular images which can be downloaded at a high resolution.

Chester Beatty Library Image Gallery. Includes Islamic and western manuscripts and rare books.

Colonial North American Project at Harvard University. Digitized materials relating to all aspects of colonial life.

Digital Scriptorium: Medieval and Renaissance manuscripts from many institutions. Images may be used FREELY for educational purposes. For other uses, contact the contributing institution.

Durham Priory Library Recreated. An attempt to reunite the entire collection online.

Ethiopic Manuscripts. 64 items from the UCLA Library Special Collections of 16th-20th century manuscripts.

Goodspeed Manuscript Collection at the University of Chicago Library.  68 early Greek, Syriac, Ethiopic, Armenian, Arabic and Latin manuscripts from 5th through 19th centuries.


Medieval Illuminated Manuscripts. From the collection of the Koninklijke  Bibliotheek and the Museum Meermanno-Westreenianum in The Hague.


A Pipeline from Heaven: 800 Years of Dominican Books. Online exhibition from the University of Cambridge.

Special Collections Resource Center at Syracuse University: Antiquarian Books. Includes rare printed books, medieval manuscripts, cuneiform tablets, and more.

Traité des couleurs servant à la peinture à l'eau. Full text of a 17th artist's manual on color, by Dutch artist A. Boogert.


Walters Art Museum Manuscripts and Rare Books Online.       

World Digital Library.  Free access to "significant primary materials from countries and cultures around the world."                                                                                                   
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