A handwritten manuscript by Dante Alighieri was discovered

„A handwritten manuscript by Dante Alighieri, author of the Divine Comedy, Italy’s “national poet” and father of modern Italian, was discovered by a nun. Dante was born in Florence in 1265 and was instrumental in establishing Italian literature, but no one has seen his handwriting for centuries. This new discovery was made by a Florence-based researcher who has become a nun and claims to have stumbled upon the work hidden in two libraries. They date from his student days in Florence when he was copying works on the art of government and have been found in both Florence and the Vatican. Julia Bolton Holloway taught Medieval Studies at Princeton University in New Jersey before becoming a nun and running the English cemetery in Florence. She said the script was “schoolboy-like” but in excellent Tuscan, which provides the blueprint for Italian and covers ideas that crop up in the Divine Comedy.“


Persistent URLs and Citations Offered for Digital Objects by Digital Libraries


„Findings indicate an equal split between offering and not offering discernible persistent URLs with four major methods used: Handle, DOI, ARK, and PURL.“


Friends of the National Libraries launch effort to raise £15m to buy the Honresfield library


„From the British Library to the Brontë Parsonage Museum, a consortium of libraries and museums have come together in an “unprecedented” effort to raise £15m and save an “astonishingly important” set of literary manuscripts for the nation.

The plans were formed after the announcement last month that the “lost” Honresfield library was to be put up for auction at Sotheby’s this summer. Almost entirely inaccessible since 1939, the library was put together by Victorian industrialists William and Alfred Law at the turn of the 20th century, and is a literary treasure trove that had experts dancing with excitement – and warning that action needed to be taken to prevent it being sold piecemeal to private collectors.“

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Scan the World – the open source museum


„Scan the World is an ambitious community-built initiative whose mission is to share 3D printable sculpture and cultural artefacts using democratised 3D scanning technologies, producing an extensive ecosystem of free to download digital cultural heritage.“


Thieves Make Discreet Millions at the Library

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„The recent thefts from the National Archive of Mexico (AGN) highlight the vulnerability of public collections, archives, and university libraries.“ On this case see

Honresfield Library: Brontë Society calls to save rare manuscripts and artefacts from auction


„News that the Honresfield Library will be sold at Sotheby’s across three auctions (see the introduction to the first part, scheduled to be sold in July) prompted much coverage: see Alison Flood’s piece in the Guardian and Jennifer Schuessler’s in the NYT. A followup piece by Alison Flood for the Guardian reports on the immediate calls from the Brontë Society and others for the collection to be kept intact and made publicly available for research. See also Francesca Collins‘ post for the Museums Association.“ (PhiloBiblos)

„The Honresfield library was assembled by William Law (1836-1901), augmented by his brother Alfred Law (1838-1913) and their nephew Sir Alfred Joseph Law (1860-1939). The library’s cornerstones are world-class holdings of the Brontës, Robert Burns, and Sir Walter Scott, on which is built a remarkable collection with precious highlights venturing well beyond the core of 18th-19th century British literature. It is a library of astonishing riches that has been treasured by generations of a private family for more than a century.“ (Sotheby’s)

„The Brontë Society, which was founded in 1893, is also calling for the government to establish minimum standards of conservation and curation for items of national literary heritage in private ownership.“ (Guardian)

Call number fallacy

„Does anyone know whether CUL Gg.v.35 (1567; Luard Cat. III, pp. 201-205) has been digitized? I am particularly interested in seeing color reproductions of Rabanus, “De laude sancta crucis” (item 10 in Luard). Given some of its content (e.g. the Cambridge Songs) I thought it might be available somewhere, but so far as I have not found anything.“ (Medtextl)

I found the MS with the Carmina Cantabrigensia in the Handschriftencensus at https://handschriftencensus.de/15427 with the call number Gg.5.35 and the second match of the Google search


was the digitized copy


I was unable to find the digitized copy with the call number in the database of IIIF manuscripts at


Can anybody help?