20 January 2011

New e-Resource - In Principio (Incipit Index of Latin Texts)

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We now have access to In Principio, a searchable database of Latin incipits - the opening words that identify manuscript texts.

In Principio indexes over one million incipits covering Latin literature from its origins to the Renaissance, when the manuscript was replaced by the printed text.  It includes incipits from the Institut de Recherche et d’Histoire des Textes, the Hill Museum and Manuscript Library, and the Biblioth√®que Nationale de France. (Detailed flyer)

It forms an invaluable research tool for anyone interested in the writers, texts and manuscripts of Antiquity, the Middle Ages, and the Renaissance. Using In Principio, you can trace the development of a text, or find the identity of a codex.

Literary genres covered include the liberal arts and theology, history, poetry, medicine, liturgy, civil and canon law, the exact and occult sciences, summas and sermons, glossaries and correspondence, recipes and cursing formulas, large treatises and small, isolated sentences. In Principio is searchable in English, French, and German, and is updated twice yearly.

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