The British Library’s Digitised Manuscripts website provides access to fully digitised manuscripts held at the Library, with descriptions of their contents. Explore here the Library's latest major acquisition, the St Cuthbert Gospel.
The Secret of Kells (Trailer) - Catholic tale with Celtic Mythology tale. Features St. Aidan and his cat Pangur Ban (of which there exists a great poem about). Not enough Catholic, but a great peek into the most beautiful illumination manuscript there is! (creator said movie was more Catholic before it was edited out, what a loss!)
A girdlebook, bound in leather. "The printed book is from 1508, the blind-tooled leather binding from 1579 and the exterior knotted leather cover was added ten years later, in 1589....The book was rebound in 1579, as indicated by text which has been cut away." From the Kungliga biblioteket Flickr set.
The Earliest European Book that Survived Completely Intact in its Original Binding (Circa 650): The St. Cuthbert Gospel of St. John, also known as the Stonyhurst Gospel, a pocket-sized (3.5 x 5 inch) 7th-century gospel book written in Latin which belonged to Saint Cuthbert of Lindisfarne, was discovered in 1104 when Cuthbert's tomb was opened so that his relics could be transferred to a new shrine behind the altar of Durham Cathedral. The manuscript had been placed in the tomb of Saint...
A Mamluk leather book binding Syria or Egypt, 13th/14th Century
Plain red moulded goatskin binding, from the St Cuthbert Gospel, England (Lindisfarne), c. 698, Add MS 89000, front cover While it is an unfortunate fact that the medieval bindings of many, if not most, medieval books have been irretrievably lost, the British Library nonetheless possesses an enviable collection of bindings from across the medieval period. We have the earliest intact medieval binding in existence, that attached to St Cuthbert Gospel
Amulet, 11th century; Fatimid, Egypt. Gift of Nelly, Violet, and Elie Abemayor, in memory of Michel Abemayor, 1978 (1978.546.32) Centuries before block printing was introduced in Europe, the technique was used in the Islamic world to produce miniature texts consisting of prayers, incantations, and Qur’anic verses that were kept in amulet boxes. The text on this amulet is in the angular kufic script. The six-pointed star, a familiar symbol in Islamic art, is usually called "Solomon's seal."