In the first phase of our work, we received funding from the National Endowment for the Humanities Digital Humanities Start-Up Program and a subsequent grant from the University of Missouri Research Board to study a four volume guide for priests written in Latin by the Dominican friar Antonino Pierozzi (1389-1459) entitled Summa Theologica. These volumes were written over a period of fourteen years, 1440-1454 and were printed in Nuremberg by Anton Koberger in 1486-7 using moveable type.
This initial project established our working group while allowing us to acquire equipment and conduct experiments for visible imaging and multispectral visualization of the Summa Theologica. We also wrote a detailed book history of all four volumes of the Summa and a tutorial for undergraduate and graduate students about how to write book histories.
An image gallery with visible light images is available at http://daedalus.umkc.edu/codices/SummaTheologica/summa_v1.html. The book history is available at http://daedalus.umkc.edu/codices/papers/SummaTheologicaBookHistory.CodicesPaper1.2015.pdf and the tutorial about writing a book history is available at http://daedalus.umkc.edu/codices/papers/HowToWriteAHistoryoftheBook.CodicesPaper2.2015.pdf
We received funding from the University of Missouri System Interdisciplinary Intercampus Research Board to begin collaboration with colleagues at the University of Missouri in Columbia and at the University of Missouri-Kansas City libraries. In this project, we are focusing on three books: 1) a manuscript missal from Prague in large Gothic book script that is bound in late manuscript parchment leaf from antiphonal with neumes and a humanistic script dating from 15th or 16th century held at the University of Missouri in Columbia; 2) a Russian Orthodox Menanion (a liturgical service book) held at the University of Missouri in Columbia; 3) a chant book chant book held at the University of Missouri - Kansas City that combines both manuscript and printed materials that range from the 10th to the 16th century. The book contains both liturgical music that would have been used for the daily offices and other Latin texts.
Our investigation of the chant book will focus on the identification of scribal hands, corrections additions and deletions, and the chronology of the marginal notes
Work on this project is currently underway. Image galleries and occasional papers will appear here soon