Bulletin international d'information scientifique
publié par l'association « Gazette du livre médiéval »

(association sans but lucratif, loi du 1er juillet 1901)
avec le concours de l'Institut de recherche et d'histoire des textes
et du Laboratoire de médiévistique occidentale de Paris
(Centre national de la recherche scientifique)
ISSN 0753-5015

Présentation générale
General Introduction
Politique éditoriale et instructions pour les auteurs de contributions
Editorial Policy and Instructions for Paper Contributors
Collectif de rédaction
Editorial Committe

Nouvelle formule

Pour tenir compte des évolutions qui se sont produites dans le domaine de la diffusion de l'information scientifique, la Gazette a dû modifier considérablement son contenu, .
• A partir du n° 60 (2013), le rythme de publication est d'un numéro par an.
• La surabondante section "Chronique", qui rassemblait jusqu'alors des informations de types très variés, a été considérablement réduite, et se limite désormais à la présentation de projets de recherche ou de documentation, de la bibliographie courante et de notices nécrologiques

Taking into account the profound changes that occurred recently in the field of scientific information, the Gazette had to undergo important transformations of its contents.
• From Nr. 60 (2013) onwards, the publishing pace is one issue per year.
• The overflowing "News" section, where information of various nature was previously gathered, has been considerably shrunk, and is henceforth restricted to : Presentations of research and documenting projects, Current Bibliography, and Obituaries.


Sous presse N° 61
Année 2014

Sommaire – Contents

Olivier VENTURE : La paléographie chinoise.

The origin of the study of ancient writing in China can be traced back to over two thousand years ago. Born from a specific political and cultural background, traditional Chinese paleography developed in a very unique way. It was linked to a single writing system and mainly concerned the deciphering of ancient graphs predating the third century B.C. But since the beginning of the twentieth century, with the development of archaeology and the phenomenal growth of the corpus of ancient written material, important changes have occurred, bringing the methods of Chinese paleography closer to modern Western paleography. In this paper, the author attempts to give an overview of this eastern tradition of scholarship from its origins to its latest developments.


Chiara BARBATI : Codicological issues in exploring the Christian Sogdian manuscript fragment tradition.

This contribution is intended to relate the study of the Christian Sogdian manuscript fragment tradition, the least investigated of all those belonging to the Christian Orient during late Antiquity and the early Middle Ages, to the codicological principles developed within much better documented manuscript traditions, whether fragmentary or not. In establishing this necessary link, theoretical assumptions and practical implications are discussed.


Catherine KIKUCHI : La production incunable vénitienne et le milieu du livre : une approche quantitative et comparative.

The first printed book published in Venice appeared in 1469. Ten years later, the city had the largest output of incunabula in Europe. This article aims to analyse Venetian book production between 1469 and 1500, thanks to a database that combines data from ISTC and other information. It makes it possible to better understand how printing became established in Venice. Venetian printers worked for scholars all over Europe, with a strong speciality in law and literature. However, the end of the period shows how the new industry was able to adapt and conquer new markets. This article also analyses the ways in which the printing world developed from a monopolistic structure into a far more fragmented economy.


Carlo FEDERICI, Giulia ORTI : L'imbrunimento come criterio di qualità delle carte utilizzate nei libri a stampa dei secoli XV e XVI.

The aim of this research is the study, from the point of view of preservation, of a collection ofmore than ten thousand books printed in the 15th and 16th centuries, now kept in the Episcopal Seminary's Library of Padua. Particular attention was paid to the state of preservation of the paper, singling out the cases where a discolouring of the original white hue had occurred. Such discolouring can take on various gradations, from yellow to brown, which may indicate increasing gravity of degradation. The data detected was then assessed in the light of dates and locations of printing, throwing up evidence of varying behaviour for the books produced in main Italian printing centres and the principal cities of Europe.


Charlotte DENOËL, Amandine POSTEC : Le catalogage des manuscrits médiévaux à la Bibliothèque nationale de France : De l'abbé Bignon à 'BnF archives et manuscrits'.

The multiplication of online catalogues invites us to rethink our methods for describing medieval manuscripts. The efforts of the Bibliothèque nationale de France towards new encoding formats are rooted in a long tradition of cataloguing, initiated by the Maurist Benedictines of Saint-Germain-des-Prés in the seventeenth century and further developed in the eighteenth century in an important publication by the Abbé Bignon, head of the royal library. A survey of the issues arising over several centuries of inventories and descriptions of manuscripts reveals a distinct continuity in aims and problems, but also underscores the breakthrough represented by digital technology in the cataloguing of manuscripts.

Rubriques permanentes:
Projets, recherches, documentation
Bibliographie courante

Permanent columns:
Research and documenting projects
Current Bibliography

La GAZETTE DU LIVRE MÉDIÉVAL est publiée, depuis 1982, par un groupe de médiévistes de différents pays. Malgré la diversité de leurs intérêts scientifiques propres, ils partagent la conviction que l'histoire du livre médiéval doit s'efforcer d'englober tous les aspects de ce témoin privilégié de la vie culturelle du Moyen Age, et qu'elle peut être considérée comme une discipline à part entière. Ils souhaitent également abolir la barrière artificielle qui sépare trop souvent le livre manuscrit de l'incunable, et élargir le champ de l'étude et de la réflexion aux cultures non occidentales, en vue d'une synthèse comparative.

La GLM veut être plus qu'un simple bulletin d'information, mais différente d'une revue académique. Une première partie est consacrée à de courts articles de fond qui présentent des tours d'horizon sur les différents domaines de recherche, des réflexions méthodologiques ou des points de vue sur des questions d'actualité. La chronique offre au lecteur des notes techniques, une bibliographie courante, des informations sur les nouvelles entreprises de recherche.


The GAZETTE DU LIVRE MÉDIÉVAL has been published since 1982 by a group of medievalists from different countries. While bringing together a diversity of scientific interests, they share the conviction that the history of the book ought to encompass all aspects of this outstanding witness of medieval cultural life, and deserves to be treated as an autonomous discipline. They hope to remove the artificial barrier that tends to separate the manuscript and the incunable, and to extend the field of study and reflection to non-occidental civilisations, envisaging eventually a comparative synthesis.

The GLM has been conceived of as something more than a newsletter, but different from an academic review. The first half of each fascicle is devoted to short contributions that summarize recent activity in different areas of research, that reflect on methodological problems, or that present points of view on topical issues. The remainder of the journal offers the reader technical notes, a listing of recent bibliography, information concerning new research and documentation projects.


Die GAZETTE DU LIVRE MEDIEVAL wird seit 1982 von einer Gruppe von Mediävisten aus verschiedenen Ländern herausgegeben. Über ihre eigenen wissenschaftlichen Interessen hinaus teilen sie die Überzeugung, daß die Buchgeschichte eine umfassende Darstellung aller Aspekte dieses erstrangigen Zeugen mittelalterlicher Kultur einschließen soll und als eigenständige Disziplin angesehen werden kann. Sie möchten ebenso die künstlichen Barrieren überwinden, die nur zu oft die Handschrift von der Inkunabel trennen, und - mit Blickrichtung auf eine vergleichende Synthese - den Forschungsbereich auf die nicht-abendländischen Kulturen ausdehnen.

Die GLM will mehr sein als ein einfaches Informationsorgan, sich aber trotzdem von einer wissenschaftlichen Zeitschrift unterscheiden. Ihr erster Teil ist kurzen Beiträgen vorbehalten, die Überblicke über verschiedene Forschungsgebiete, Überlegungen zur Methodik oder Standpunkte zu aktuellen Fragestellungen bieten. Die Chronique bietet dem Leser kurzgefaßte technische Hinweise, eine laufende Bibliographie, Informationen über neue Forschungs- und Dokumentationsunternehmungen.


La GAZETTE DU LIVRE MÉDIÉVAL è pubblicata, dal 1982, da un gruppo di medievalisti di vari paesi. Malgrado la diversità degli interessi di ciascuno di loro, essi condividono l'idea che la storia del libro medievale deve per forza tener conto di tutti gli aspetti di questo testimone privilegiato della vita culturale del Medioevo, e che questa storia può essere considerata come disciplina autonoma. Auspicano pure di abolire la barriera artificiale che troppo spesso separa il libro manoscritto dall'incunabolo, e di allargare, per una sintesi comparativa, il campo di studio e di riflessione alle culture non occidentali.

La GLM aspira ad essere qualcosa di più di un semplice bollettino d'informazione, ma non una rivista accademica. Una prima parte è dedicata a corti articoli di fondo che danno una panoramica su diversi campi di ricerca, considerazioni metodologiche o punti di vista su questioni d'attualità. La cronaca offre al lettore delle note tecniche, una bibliografia recente, informazioni su nuovi progetti di ricerca o di documentazione.

Collectif de rédaction — Editorial Committee

The Hebrew University, Jerusalem
Universität Marburg
École pratique des hautes études (IVe section), Paris
Biblioteca Apostolica Vaticana
Laboratoire de médiévistique occidentale de Paris
Direzione Generale Culture, Milano
Rijksuniversiteit te Leiden
Institut de recherche et d'histoire des textes, Paris
Faculté libre Notre-Dame de la Paix, Namur

Adriaan KELLER
Universidad de Alcalá
Marilena MANIACI
Università di Cassino
Institut de recherche et d'histoire des textes, Paris
Bibliothèque royale de Belgique, Bruxelles
Universität Basel
Ecole nationale des chartes, Paris
Università di Siena, Arezzo
Università di Torino


M. Gurrado, M. Maniaci, D. Muzerelle, L. Reynhout, M. Smith

Responsable de la publication : D. Muzerelle

Secrétariat de rédaction : M. Gurrado

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