Reconstructing Book Collections of Medieval Elbląg

Paulina Pludra-Żuk
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Fragmentology 4(2021), 55–77, DOI: 10.24446/g5uh

Abstract: Medieval manuscript collections in Teutonic Prussia have been particularly affected by numerous events in modern history, such as the Polish-Swedish wars and the turmoil after World War II. Still, the attempts to reconstruct the local collections may shed new light on the intellectual history of this historical region. To this date this kind of research was based mostly on surviving manuscripts with Prussian origin or provenance, that is, manuscripts produced or used in the territory of Prussia, supplemented by evidence on lost volumes derived from archival inventories. The article, taking as an example the history of collections of the city of Elbląg, discusses the potential of systematic studies of parchment waste used in bindings of manuscripts and printed books for reconstructing the intellectual landscape of the territory in question. It presents the range of provenance evidence that can link manuscript waste to the territory of Teutonic Prussia, including content, script, musical notation, binding and other material evidence.

Keywords: Teutonic Prussia, Elbląg, medieval libraries, manuscript waste.

How to Cite: Paulina Pludra-Żuk, “Reconstructing Book Collections of Medieval Elbląg”, Fragmentology 4(2021), 55–77, DOI: 10.24446/g5uh