The Digital Shailor Medieval Book

This site provides high resolution black and white and color images of the plates that appear in Barbara A. Shailor's The Medieval Book, first published by the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Yale University, 1988, currently published by The University of Toronto Press in association with the Medieval Academy of America.  The book was originally an extended exhibit catalog, but because of the the originality of its material and the outstanding examples taken from the Beinecke's collections, it has proven itself a medieval bestseller.  To fascilitate its use in the classroom, the images are provided here so that they can be projected or otherwise manipulated for teaching purposes.  Links are provided to the original catalog records, from which you can access the printed catalog (also written by Barbara Shailor). These images, like all images of medieval materials in the Beinecke's collections, can be reproduced without charge.  Emma Fallone, Yale class of 2016, scanned and made availabe the materials here.  Thanks to Barbara Shailor for her work in the collections and for supporting this site.  Copes of her book can be ordered here or from Amazon.

The (Digital) Medieval Book 

1. P.CtYBRinv. 8.jpg

1. P.CtYBRinv. 8.jpg

Homer, Iliad 22.254-99, 350-55, 358-62, 364-65. Egypt, 1st or early 2nd century.

31 Beinecke Marston MS 155, f. 70v

31 Beinecke Marston MS 155, f. 70v

Round Gothic bookhand from Italy.

31 Beinecke Marston MS 155 (color)

31 Beinecke Marston MS 155 (color)

Round Gothic bookhand from Italy.

32 Beinecke MS 286, f. 42r

32 Beinecke MS 286, f. 42r

Calligraphic Gothic bookhand from England.

32 Beinecke MS 286, f. 42r (color)

32 Beinecke MS 286, f. 42r (color)

Calligraphic Gothic bookhand from England.

21. P.CtYBR inv. 1253

21. P.CtYBR inv. 1253

Schoolboy's writing exercise on the back of a papyrus document from Egypt.

23 Beinecke MS 391, ff. 6v-7r

23 Beinecke MS 391, ff. 6v-7r

Roman square capitals on simulated marble stele.

23 Beinecke MS 391, ff. 6v-7r color

23 Beinecke MS 391, ff. 6v-7r color

Roman square capitals on simulated marble stele.

24. P.CtYBR inv. 2125

24. P.CtYBR inv. 2125

Roman cursive in a papyrus document from Ravenna.

25 Beinecke MS 481, Box 2, no. 1.

25 Beinecke MS 481, Box 2, no. 1.

Latin unical.

26 Beinecke MS 481, Box 1, no. 2

26 Beinecke MS 481, Box 1, no. 2

Luxeuil minuscule

27 Beinecke MS 482, Box 1, no. 3

27 Beinecke MS 482, Box 1, no. 3

Visigothic.

28 Beinecke MS 413, f. 83r

28 Beinecke MS 413, f. 83r

Text in Carolingian minuscule, heading in rustic and square capitals.

28 Beinecke MS 413, f. 83r (color)

28 Beinecke MS 413, f. 83r (color)

Text in Carolingian minuscule, heading in rustic and square capitals.

30 Beinecke MS 81, f. 214r

30 Beinecke MS 81, f. 214r

Compact Gothic bookhand.

22. Beinecke MS 439, ff1v-2r (color)

22. Beinecke MS 439, ff1v-2r (color)

Letterforms written stroke by stroke.

22. Beinecke MS 439, ff. 1v-2r

22. Beinecke MS 439, ff. 1v-2r

Letterforms written stroke by stroke.

20. Beinecke MS 214, f. 3v (color)

20. Beinecke MS 214, f. 3v (color)

Petrus Comestor as scribe.

20. Beinecke MS 214, f. 3v

20. Beinecke MS 214, f. 3v

Petrus Comestor as scribe.

19. Beinecke MS 150, vol. 2, f. 3v

19. Beinecke MS 150, vol. 2, f. 3v

Luke the Evangelist as scribe.

19. Beinecke MS 150, vol. 2 (color)

19. Beinecke MS 150, vol. 2 (color)

Luke the Evangelist as scribe.

15. Beinecke Arabic MS 198

15. Beinecke Arabic MS 198

Ruling Board. Arabic MS 198.

14. Beinecke MS 154, f. 72r

14. Beinecke MS 154, f. 72r

Crayon rulings in MS 154, f. 72r.

12. Beinecke MS 27, f. 88v (color)

12. Beinecke MS 27, f. 88v (color)

Prickings in MS 27, f. 88v.

12. Beinecke MS 27, f. 88v

12. Beinecke MS 27, f. 88v

Prickings in MS 27, f. 88v.

11. Beinecke MS 401, f. 12r (color)

11. Beinecke MS 401, f. 12r (color)

11. Beinecke MS 401, f. 12r

11. Beinecke MS 401, f. 12r

6. Beinecke MS 262, f. 23r (color)

6. Beinecke MS 262, f. 23r (color)

Palimpsest photographed under ultra-violet light.

6. Beinecke MS 262, f. 22v (color)

6. Beinecke MS 262, f. 22v (color)

Palimpsest photographed under ultra-violet light.

6. Beinecke MS 262, f. 22v-23r

6. Beinecke MS 262, f. 22v-23r

Palimpsest photographed under ultra-violet light.

2. P.CtYBR inv. 2753 (color)

2. P.CtYBR inv. 2753 (color)

Contents unknown. Egypt, date unknown.

2. P.CtYBR inv. 2753

2. P.CtYBR inv. 2753

Contents unknown. Egypt, date unknown.

3. P.CtYBR inv. 1788.jpeg

3. P.CtYBR inv. 1788.jpeg

Apocryphal story about Mary, mother of Jesus (in Coptic). Egypt, 9th? century.

3. P.CtYBRinv.1788 (color)

3. P.CtYBRinv.1788 (color)

Apocryphal story about Mary, mother of Jesus (in Coptic). Egypt, 9th? century.

4. Beinecke MS 125, f. 14r

4. Beinecke MS 125, f. 14r

Flesh side of parchment.

4. Beinecke ms 125, f. 14v

4. Beinecke ms 125, f. 14v

Hair side of parchment.

33. Beinecke MS 328, f. 5r

33. Beinecke MS 328, f. 5r

Gothic cursive script from Italy.

34. Beinecke Marson MS 52, f. 83v

34. Beinecke Marson MS 52, f. 83v

Humanistic bookhand and vine-stem initial.

34. Beinecke Marson MS 52 (color)

34. Beinecke Marson MS 52 (color)

Humanistic bookhand and vine-stem initial.

35. Beinecke MS 382, f. 2r

35. Beinecke MS 382, f. 2r

Carolingian model for humanistic script and decoration.

35. Beinecke MS 382, f. 2r (color)

35. Beinecke MS 382, f. 2r (color)

Carolingian model for humanistic script and decoration.

36. Beinecke Marston MS 39, f. 121v

36. Beinecke Marston MS 39, f. 121v

Humanistic cursive.

36. Beinecke Marston MS 39 (color)

36. Beinecke Marston MS 39 (color)

Humanistic cursive.

37. Beinecke MS 315, f. 117v

37. Beinecke MS 315, f. 117v

Instructions to the rubricator, perpendicular to text, and guide letters for decorative initials.

37. Beinecke MS 315, f. 117v (color)

37. Beinecke MS 315, f. 117v (color)

Instructions to the rubricator, perpendicular to text, and guide letters for decorative initials.

Beinecke MS 400, f. 102v

Beinecke MS 400, f. 102v

Signed line-filler.

Beinecke MS 400, f. 102v (color)

Beinecke MS 400, f. 102v (color)

Signed line-filler.

39. Beinecke MS 111, f. 52v

39. Beinecke MS 111, f. 52v

Flourished initial.

40. Beinecke MS 589, f. 256v

40. Beinecke MS 589, f. 256v

Flourished initial.

40. Beinecke MS 589, f. 256v (color)

40. Beinecke MS 589, f. 256v (color)

Flourished initial.

41. Beinecke MS 492, f. 16v

41. Beinecke MS 492, f. 16v

Flourished initials, line-fillers, and historiated initial.

41. Beinecke MS 492, f. 16v (color)

41. Beinecke MS 492, f. 16v (color)

Flourished initials, line-fillers, and historiated initial.

42. Beinecke MS 387, f. 122v

42. Beinecke MS 387, f. 122v

Foliate initial.

42. Beinecke MS 387, f. 123r

42. Beinecke MS 387, f. 123r

Historiated initial of Adam and his descendants.

42 Beinecke MS 387 f 122v-123r color

42 Beinecke MS 387 f 122v-123r color

45. Beinecke MS 436, ff. 53v-54r

45. Beinecke MS 436, ff. 53v-54r

Wild men at war.

45 Beinecke MS 436 ff. 53v-54r color

45 Beinecke MS 436 ff. 53v-54r color

Wild men at war.

46. Beinecke MS 390, f. 12v

46. Beinecke MS 390, f. 12v

Christ tempted by the Devil.

46. Beinecke MS 390, f. 12v (color0

46. Beinecke MS 390, f. 12v (color0

Christ tempted by the Devil.

47. Beinecke MS 438, f. 3r

47. Beinecke MS 438, f. 3r

Triumph of Love.

49. Beinecke MS 493, ff. 97v-98r

49. Beinecke MS 493, ff. 97v-98r

Decorated catchwords

50. Beinecke Arabic MS 321

50. Beinecke Arabic MS 321

Simple leather wrapper.

51. Beinecke Ethiopic MS 5

51. Beinecke Ethiopic MS 5

Chain stitching.

53. Beinecke MS 4

53. Beinecke MS 4

Sewing supports in a 15th-century binding.

53. Beinecke MS 4

53. Beinecke MS 4

Sewing supports in a 15th-century binding.

54. Beinecke MS 494

54. Beinecke MS 494

Chevron design in sewing pattern

54. Beinecke MS 494 (color)

54. Beinecke MS 494 (color)

Chevron design in sewing pattern

55. Beinecke Marston MS 24

55. Beinecke Marston MS 24

Parchment binding with support straps, turn-ins, and spine lining.

55. Beinecke Marston MS 24 (color1)

55. Beinecke Marston MS 24 (color1)

Parchment binding with support straps, turn-ins, and spine lining.

55. Beinecke Marston MS 24 (color2)

55. Beinecke Marston MS 24 (color2)

Parchment binding with support straps, turn-ins, and spine lining.

58. Beinecke MS 3, no. 34

58. Beinecke MS 3, no. 34

Pasteboards made from discarded leaves of a 15th-century paper manuscript.

59. Beinecke Marston MS 141

59. Beinecke Marston MS 141

Headband and painted edges.

59. Beinecke Marston MS 141 (color)

59. Beinecke Marston MS 141 (color)

Headband and painted edges.

62. Beinecke MS 246.

62. Beinecke MS 246.

Panel stamp.

62. Beinecke MS 246. (color)

62. Beinecke MS 246. (color)

Panel stamp.

61. Beinecke MS 392. (color)

61. Beinecke MS 392. (color)

Pictorial binding stamps: roses, fleurs-de-lis, and two-headed eagles.

61. Beinecke MS 392.

61. Beinecke MS 392.

Pictorial binding stamps: roses, fleurs-de-lis, and two-headed eagles.

63. Beinecke Marston MS 268.

63. Beinecke Marston MS 268.

Fastening straps.

63. Beinecke Marston MS 268. (color)

63. Beinecke Marston MS 268. (color)

Fastening straps.

64. Beinecke MS 393.

64. Beinecke MS 393.

Metal Bosses.

65. Beinecke Marston MS 287.

65. Beinecke Marston MS 287.

Chained book.

67. Beinecke Marston MS 262.

67. Beinecke Marston MS 262.

Plain student binding.

67. Beinecke Marston MS 262. (color)

67. Beinecke Marston MS 262. (color)

Plain student binding.

68. Beinecke MS 84.

68. Beinecke MS 84.

Girdle book.

68. Beinecke MS 84 (color)

68. Beinecke MS 84 (color)

Girdle book.

70. Beinecke MS 516. (color)

70. Beinecke MS 516. (color)

Gregory's Moralia from Wearmouth-Jarrow (fragment).

70. Beinecke MS 516.

70. Beinecke MS 516.

Gregory's Moralia from Wearmouth-Jarrow (fragment).

71. Beinecke MS 481, Box 1, no. 5.

71. Beinecke MS 481, Box 1, no. 5.

Carolingian Bible from Tours (fragment).

72. beinecke MS 482, Box 1, no. 3.

72. beinecke MS 482, Box 1, no. 3.

Lectionary from Freising (fragment).

73. Beinecke MS 625, f. 12v.

73. Beinecke MS 625, f. 12v.

Copres narrates the life of Patermuth.

73. Beinecke MS 625, f. 12v. (color)

73. Beinecke MS 625, f. 12v. (color)

Copres narrates the life of Patermuth.

74. Beinecke MS 41, ff. 7v-8r (color

74. Beinecke MS 41, ff. 7v-8r (color

Carmelite breviary from Mainz.

74. Beinecke MS 41, ff. 7v-8r.

74. Beinecke MS 41, ff. 7v-8r.

Carmelite Breviary from Mainz.

75. Beinecke MS 205 ff i-1r (color)

75. Beinecke MS 205 ff i-1r (color)

Processional from a Dominican house of nuns.

75. Beinecke MS 205 ff i verso -1r

75. Beinecke MS 205 ff i verso -1r

Processional from a Dominican house of nuns.

76. Beinecke Marston MS 213, f. 6or.

76. Beinecke Marston MS 213, f. 6or.

Austrian Missal.

Missing leaf from MS 42

Missing leaf from MS 42

Now in the private collection of Jean Preston.

77. Beinecke MS 42, f.126v (color)

77. Beinecke MS 42, f.126v (color)

Florentine Gradual.

77. Beinecke MS 42, f.126v

77. Beinecke MS 42, f.126v

Florentine Gradual.

78. Beinecke MS 604, f. 3v

78. Beinecke MS 604, f. 3v

"Vie de Saint Denis" Bible.

78. Beinecke MS 604, f. 3v (color)

78. Beinecke MS 604, f. 3v (color)

"Vie de Saint Denis" Bible.

82. Beinecke MS 404, ff. 65v-66r

82. Beinecke MS 404, ff. 65v-66r

The "Rothschild Canticles."

86. Beinecke MS 674, f. 1v

86. Beinecke MS 674, f. 1v

Biblical scenes from Petrus Comestor's Historia Scholastica.

86. Beinecke MS 674, f. 1v (color)

86. Beinecke MS 674, f. 1v (color)

Biblical scenes from Petrus Comestor's Historia Scholastica.

83. Beinecke MS 410.

83. Beinecke MS 410.

Indulgence roll.

84. Beinecke MS 281, ff. 5v-6r.

84. Beinecke MS 281, ff. 5v-6r.

Deluxe copy of Lydgate's Lyf of our Lady.

87. Beinecke MS 129, vol. 1, f. 8v

87. Beinecke MS 129, vol. 1, f. 8v

God creates Eve from Adam.

87. Beinecke MS 129, vol. 1 (color)

87. Beinecke MS 129, vol. 1 (color)

God creates Eve from Adam.

88. Beinecke MS 229, f. 272v.

88. Beinecke MS 229, f. 272v.

The life and times of King Arthur.

89. Beinecke MS 427, f. 72r.

89. Beinecke MS 427, f. 72r.

Reason, Righteousness, and Justice speak to an audience of women.

90. Beinecke Marston MS 242.

90. Beinecke Marston MS 242.

Kings of England: a genealogical roll.

90. Beinecke Marston MS 242 (color)

90. Beinecke Marston MS 242 (color)

Kings of England: a genealogical roll.

91. Beinecke Marston MS 180.

91. Beinecke Marston MS 180.

History of Europe, in roll format.

93. Yale Medical Historical MS 12

93. Yale Medical Historical MS 12

Works of Aristotle for the university student.

92. Beinecke Marston MS 67, ff9v-10r

92. Beinecke Marston MS 67, ff9v-10r

Annotated grammar text.

95. Beinecke MS 338, f. 45r.

95. Beinecke MS 338, f. 45r.

Corrector's notes in a Bolognese canon law text.

95. Beinecke MS 338, f. 45r. (color)

95. Beinecke MS 338, f. 45r. (color)

Corrector's notes in a Bolognese canon law text.

94. Beinecke MS 207, f. 46r

94. Beinecke MS 207, f. 46r

Comments by an irate scribe.

94. Beinecke MS 207, f. 46r (color)

94. Beinecke MS 207, f. 46r (color)

Comments by an irate scribe.

96. Beinecke MS 648, ff. 11v-12r.

96. Beinecke MS 648, ff. 11v-12r.

Coats of Arms.

96. Beinecke MS 648, f 12r. (color)

96. Beinecke MS 648, f 12r. (color)

Coats of arms.

96. Beinecke MS 648, f 11v. (color)

96. Beinecke MS 648, f 11v. (color)

Coats of arms.

97. Beinecke MS 163, ff. 122v-123r

97. Beinecke MS 163, ff. 122v-123r

Wine recipes.

97. Beinecke MS 163, f 123r (color)

97. Beinecke MS 163, f 123r (color)

Wine recipes.

97. Beinecke MS 163, f. 122v (color)

97. Beinecke MS 163, f. 122v (color)

Wine recipes.

99. Beinecke MS 454, f. 1r.

99. Beinecke MS 454, f. 1r.

Signs of the Zodiac and the horse.

99. Beinecke MS 454, f. 1r (color).

99. Beinecke MS 454, f. 1r (color).

Signs of the Zodiac and the horse.

100. Beinecke MS 171, f. 85v.

100. Beinecke MS 171, f. 85v.

Instructions for making a fishing float.

102. Beinecke MS 450, ff. 1v-2r.

102. Beinecke MS 450, ff. 1v-2r.

Left: 12th-century text of Juvenal. Right: 15th-century replacement leaf by an Italian humanist.

105. Beinecke MS 321, f. 1r.

105. Beinecke MS 321, f. 1r.

Poggio's Historia Florentina.

105. Beinecke MS 321, f. 1r (color).

105. Beinecke MS 321, f. 1r (color).

Poggio's Historia Florentina.

106. Beinecke Zi +4243

106. Beinecke Zi +4243

Incunable edition of the same work, based on Beinecke MS 321.