Islamic Codicology

An Introduction to the Study of Manuscripts in Arabic Script

By François Déroche

English version

SKU: 100099 Categories: , Date: 2005Language: EnglishEdition: 1ISBN: 9781905122028Format: PaperbackNo. of Volumes: 1No. of Pages: 397

Summary

This book is considered the most important and comprehensive on the subject of the material aspects of manuscripts in the Arabic script. Hence its importance in the field of codicology. It is also a resource and tool for researchers in the sciences of manuscripts, cataloguing and manuscript editing.
The chapters discuss the makeup of manuscripts, such as the material they are made of: papyrus, parchment, paper, manuscript notebooks, the materials used for writing (pens, inks, colours and paint), the dimensions of the notebooks, their organisation, page layout, presentation, embellishments and their tidying in addition to their binding. The study also looked at the dating of copies and the history of the collections of manuscripts.
The book gives a list of terms and academic jargon in addition to the meanings of the terms used in the field of manuscripts (French –English – Arabic).

Content

PREFACE

FOREWORD 

TRANSLITERATION OF ARABIC CHARACTERS 

INTRODUCTION 

           Not all books are codices 

           The role of codicology in studying manuscripts 

           Methodology 

            Codicology and its focus of study 

THE WRITING SURFACE: PAPYRUS AND PARCHMENT 

            Papyrus 

            Parchment 

THE WRITING SURFACE: PAPER 

           Non-watermarked mediaeval paper 

           Watermarked papers 

            Special papers 

THE QUIRES OF A CODEX 

            Basic concepts 

            Quires within parchment manuscripts 

            Mixed quires 

            The quires of manuscripts written on paper 

            Systems to indicate the order of folios 

INSTRUMENTS AND PREPARATIONS USED IN BOOK PRODUCTION 

             Instruments used by scribes, painters and illuminators 

             Black inks 

             Coloured ink 

              Colouring materials in Maghrib manuscripts from the sixth/twelfth to the ninth/fifteenth century: fundamentals of identification and comparison 

RULING AND PAGE LAYOUT 

              Ruling 

              Page layout 

CRAFTSMEN AND THE MAKING OF THE MANUSCRIPT 

               The identity of the copyists 

               Places of transcription 

               Copying work-rates and methods 

               Painters and illuminators 

               Bookbinders 

SCRIPTS 

                The aims and methods of palaeography 

                Arabic book hands: preliminary observations 

                Future lines of research 

                Appendix: diacritical marks and orthoepic signs 

BOOKS AND THEIR ORNAMENTATION 

                The study of decoration: ends and means 

                 Manuscripts and the decorative arts 

                 The repertoire of ornament 

                 The chief characteristics of the decorative repertoire 

                 Decorated papers

                 Manuscript illustration 

BOOKBINDING 

                  Basic principles 

                  Materials and techniques 

                  Types of bookbinding and their decoration 

 EVIDENCE FOR THE HISTORY OF A MANUSCRIPT 

                  Title page 

                   Colophons and dates 

                   Sources concerning the history of a manuscript 

CODICOLOGY AND THE HISTORY OF COLLECTIONS 

                   Theoretical approach 

                  Catalogues of manuscripts 

INDEX OF TECHNICAL NOTIONS AND TERMS 

MANUSCRIPTS QUOTED 

GUIDE TO FURTHER READING 

LIST OF AUTHORS 

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Additional information

Weight 0.665 kg
Dimensions 24 × 17 × 2.5 cm
Edition

1

Format

Paperback

ISBN-13

9781905122028

Language

English

Legacy ID

100895

Pages

397

Publication Date

2005

No. of Volumes

1

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