Digitised Manuscripts Website Launched by British Library

The Theodore Psalter, Add. MS 19352, f. 190r © British LIbrary

The British Library has launched a Digitised Manuscripts site. It features full coverage of 284 Greek manuscripts drawn from the library’s Additional and Harley manuscript collections. The manuscripts, dating from the sixth to the 18th centuries, encompass a wide range of literary, historical, biblical, liturgical and scientific texts. Some of the manuscripts are beautifully illuminated, including an artistic highlight of the collection, the Theodore Psalter (Add. MS 19352). Apparently this is part of an 18 month project, the site will continued to be enhanced and new content will be added over this period. It is a pilot for wider plans by the library to digitise all the medieval and early manuscript collections.

Further details can be found here.

In recent years the British Library has begun putting its collection online. Other digitsiation projects from the British Library that may be of interest to art historians include: Virtual Books (includes some of Leonardo da Vinci’s sketchbooks); Magnificent Maps; and Renaissance Festival Books.

Don’t forget that the MAN website also includes pages with links to image and general databases and similar online resources.