Like woman’s work, a bibliographer’s job is never done. The Italian edition of Leonard Boyle’s Medieval Latin Palaeography (Paleografia latina medievale) appeared in 1999 with a hefty supplement (484 entries) 1982-1998 and an introduction by Fabio Troncarelli. Some additional 1,200 entries are still unpublished. As new works appear in print, their number keeps increasing.
In a memorial essay on St. Dominic, Leonard Boyle (www.op.org/DomCentral/trad/) had once written that after the death of their founder the brethren "saw no particular reason to make a fuss over him, but got on instead with the job he had given them to do" ("The Death of St. Dominic in 1221: An Anniversary Note." Doctrine and Life 21, 1971, 438-46). Shortly before his death, Father Boyle mentioned his ongoing "fourteen different projects, all posthumous." It was truth said in jest. As it was fit for his founder, so is it a fitting tribute to the memory of Leonard Boyle to get on with the work that he wanted done and needs to be done.
In order to make a current bibliography of medieval palaeographical publications available to anyone interested, the 1,200 existing entries and future ones will be housed in Electronic Palaeography, a new page generated by the Societas internationalis pro Vivario. The director is Fabio Troncarelli.
1. Scholarly setting: opere generali
2(a). Cultural setting: Writing in General, Greek and Other Writing, Latin to pre-Carolingian
2(b). Cultural setting: Latin Writing from pre-Carolingian to Humanistic Culture and Beyond
3a. Institutional setting: le istituzioni
3b. Institutional setting: Modern catalogues of medieval and Renaissance Libraries
4. Physical setting: l'elemento materiale
5. The human setting: l'elemento umano
6. Textual setting: il supporto testuale
7. Research setting: strumenti per la ricerca
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