Saturday, October 15, 2005

Memory of the World Register

In my quest for historic scripts I have found another resource. "The Memory of the World Register lists documentary heritage which has been identified by the International Advisory Committee in its meetings in Tashkent (September 1997), in Vienna (June 1999) and in Cheongju City (June 2001) and endorsed by the Director-General of UNESCO as corresponding the selection criteria for world significance."

For the Russian Federation I have found the Khitrovo Gospel (of the end of the 14th - the beginning of the 15th century) which is in the Russian State Library. The Memory of the World Register's Reading Room provides 4 images from this manuscript.

"The manuscript has a great significance in the human written history of universal philosophy and culture. This Gospel give a salient idea of the stage of the development of ancient Russian Literature, of its book-writing schools and workshops and of the dissemination of the church Slavonic language. Khitrovo Gospel is widely known by eight miniatures and ornaments of Andrei Rublyov and artists from his environment."

Other Russian manuscripts in the Memory of the World Register are the Archangel Gospel of 1092 and Slavonic publications in the Cyrillic script of the 15th century .

Click on these images to enlarge.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Speaking of Slavonic, one of my favorite scripts (and that's saying something) is Glagolitic. Maybe it's because the level of detail makes it look like a syllabary, even though it's an alphabet.

8:17 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Ben,

Thanks for mentioning Glagolitic. I have found a site with some beautiful images. I see what you mean. I will post about it soon.

11:43 PM  

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