Incunables

Thomas Malory’s Le Morte d’Arthur

Page from Thomas Malory’s Le Morte d’Arthur

As mentioned previously, here is a complete list of the 57 incunables we have digitised thanks to funding by Gale Publishing.  Amongst these incunables is a copy of Thomas Malory’s Le Morte d’Arthur.  Part of the Spencer Collection, it was printed by Wynkyn de Worde in London on 25 March 1498.  Although our copy (JRL 15396) is imperfect, it is the only known surviving copy (although the Bodleian hold a fragment of two leaves, t2, t3). To look at the images online please click here.

For those Malory enthusiasts out there, please take a look at the Malory Project site.  The Malory Project is an electronic edition and commentary of Malory’s Morte Darthur (1469-70), with digital facsimiles of the Winchester Manuscript (British Library, Add. MS 59678) and John Rylands Copy of Caxton’s first edition.

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4 thoughts on “Incunables

  1. candace stacey says:

    LIKE WHAT I SEE —PLEASE SEND UPDATES—THANKS

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  2. mike says:

    why r these rare & valueable documents, etc., being handled w/out gloves?

    • jwrobinson says:

      Thank you for your comment. It is often safer not to use gloves, especially on an item with fragile leaves. Cotton gloves can snag on page edges, increasing the risk of tears. Using latex free gloves doesn’t allow us to feel the page, hence too much pressure may be applied, again, risking tears. Our hands are as clean as possible however! All staff have exstensive handling training, and the manuscript was in no way damaged.

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