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The main reference for dating Syriac manuscripts and the standard in the field. This Album conveniently brings together two hundred facsimiles, each representing a page of a dated Syriac manuscript.
Publisher: Gorgias Press LLC
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SKU (ISBN): 978-1-61143-661-7
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Publication Status: In Print

Publication Date: Feb 10,2012
Interior Color: Color
Trim Size: 8.25 x 10.75
Page Count: 518
Languages: English, Syriac
ISBN: 978-1-61143-661-7
$231.01
$138.61

Hatch's Album remains the main reference for dated Syriac manuscripts and the standard in the field. The book contains over 250 illustrations from manuscripts, each with a description. Hatch gives a general introduction to Syriac manuscripts and writing. This edition contains a new informative introduction by Lucas Van Rompay.

The Album conveniently brings together two hundred facsimiles, each representing a page of a dated Syriac manuscript. High quality black-and-white pictures are accompanied with full descriptions, providing technical data (dimensions, layout, ink, rulings, etc.) as well as observations on the content of the manuscript and references to editions and existing scholarly literature. The introduction (p. 1 to 47) summarizes the mid-twentieth-century knowledge of Syriac manuscripts, including such topics as writing materials, pens, ink, mode of writing, columns, ruling, colophon, dating, miniatures, quires, styles of writing, the forms of the letters, points and additional signs, punctuation, Gershuni, and the periodization of the history of Syriac handwriting. Much of this is still currently valid and nowhere else can a more comprehensive and competent survey be found.

“The selection of two hundred manuscripts is made among the Syriac manuscripts from the fifth to the sixteenth centuries. The term “Syriac” is taken in its broad sense, including the following categories: Estrangela, Serta, “Nestorian” (i.e., East-Syriac), Melkite, and Palestinian manuscripts. For the period prior to the end of the tenth century, the writer intended to incorporate samples of all dated Syriac codices known to him (more than one hundred in number). For the period between the eleventh and the sixteenth centuries choices had to be made and only a limited number of codices were included.”

–From the Introduction, by Lucas Van Rompay

Hatch's Album remains the main reference for dated Syriac manuscripts and the standard in the field. The book contains over 250 illustrations from manuscripts, each with a description. Hatch gives a general introduction to Syriac manuscripts and writing. This edition contains a new informative introduction by Lucas Van Rompay.

The Album conveniently brings together two hundred facsimiles, each representing a page of a dated Syriac manuscript. High quality black-and-white pictures are accompanied with full descriptions, providing technical data (dimensions, layout, ink, rulings, etc.) as well as observations on the content of the manuscript and references to editions and existing scholarly literature. The introduction (p. 1 to 47) summarizes the mid-twentieth-century knowledge of Syriac manuscripts, including such topics as writing materials, pens, ink, mode of writing, columns, ruling, colophon, dating, miniatures, quires, styles of writing, the forms of the letters, points and additional signs, punctuation, Gershuni, and the periodization of the history of Syriac handwriting. Much of this is still currently valid and nowhere else can a more comprehensive and competent survey be found.

“The selection of two hundred manuscripts is made among the Syriac manuscripts from the fifth to the sixteenth centuries. The term “Syriac” is taken in its broad sense, including the following categories: Estrangela, Serta, “Nestorian” (i.e., East-Syriac), Melkite, and Palestinian manuscripts. For the period prior to the end of the tenth century, the writer intended to incorporate samples of all dated Syriac codices known to him (more than one hundred in number). For the period between the eleventh and the sixteenth centuries choices had to be made and only a limited number of codices were included.”

–From the Introduction, by Lucas Van Rompay

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William Hatch

Lucas Van Rompay

  • Foreword (page 7)
  • Preface (page 21)
  • Introduction (page 29)
    • 1. Writing Materials (page 31)
    • 2. Pens (page 36)
    • 3. Ink (page 38)
    • 4. Mode of Writing (page 39)
    • 5. Columns (page 41)
    • 6. Ruling (page 42)
    • 7. Colophon (page 45)
    • 8. Dating (page 46)
    • 9. Miniatures (page 48)
    • 10. Quires (page 50)
    • 11. Styles of Writing (page 52)
    • 12. Observations on the Forms of Certain Letters (page 58)
    • 13. Seyame, the Single Point (page 68)
    • 14. Punctuation (page 70)
    • 15. Gershuni (page 70)
    • 16. Periods in the History of Syriac Handwriting (page 72)
  • Plates (page 77)
  • List of plates (page 79)
    • Plate 50 (page 181)
    • Plate 100 (page 281)
    • Plate 150 (page 381)
    • Plate 200 (page 481)
  • Indexes (page 483)
    • Index 1 (page 485)
    • Index 2 (page 488)
    • Index 3 (page 494)
    • Index 4 (page 495)
    • Index 5 (page 502)
    • Index 6 (page 505)
    • Index 7 (page 507)
    • Index 8 (page 508)
    • Index 9 (page 510)
    • Index 10 (page 512)
    • Index 11 (page 515)
    • Index 12 (page 516)
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