Digitized Dantes now in LUNA

2 12 2011

The digitized images of the three Dante incunable editions are now available in the Library’s image viewer, LUNA. They’re housed in the Rylands Medieval Collection section, and you can find instructions about how to use the software and access them here:

Once you’re on the Rylands Medieval Collection page, to find the three Dante editions, type ‘Dante’ in the search box at top right (circled on image below):

You’ll see a page of thumbnails and the three editions listed by place of publication in the left margin (highlighted below with the red rectangle). Just click on the edition you want to view and LUNA will load the thumbnails. Sometimes the thumbnails don’t load in page order, in which case you will have to order them using the ‘Sort’ tool (circled in yellow on the image below, just under the search box at top right).

Make sure the sort options are in the following order:

Once you have your thumbnails in order, you can click on them to open them and zoom in on the detail. Enjoy!

The Gluttons of Dublin

16 03 2010

It’s all been a bit quiet round here for the past couple of months, but I’m hoping to rectify that this week with a few posts bringing you up to date. (And does this mean I am a proper blogger now, if I have finally deployed the great blog cliché, the Blog Post Apology for No Blogging?)

First up is my trip to Dublin last month, where some of the images from the Manchester Digital Dante project got their first international airing in the 2010 Dublin Dante lecture series. I gave a paper on ‘Dante’s Gluttons: Materiality, Corporeality, and the Book’, which reviewed Dante’s presentation of the corporeal forms of the gluttons in Inferno VI and Purgatorio XXIII, and linked it to the way in which these bodies were visually represented in some manuscripts and early print editions of the poem. The paper should be published in the proceedings of the lecture series at some stage, if anyone wants to know more. And thank you to John Barnes and the rest of the Italian Department at University College Dublin for making it such an enjoyable and entertaining trip!

Woodcut image, Inferno VI

Woodcut image, Inferno VI

The image above is a woodcut showing the infernal gluttons from a 1491 Venetian edition of the poem: in the lower spatial plane you can see Cerberus ripping into one of the gluttons on the left, while Virgil bends to throw the mud into his mouths on the right hand side. Above it is the encounter with Ciacco. (The image quality  is so high that you can even see how the impression of the ink from the other side of the page has seeped through.)

The imaging staff (especially Gwen and Carol) of the Rylands were absolutely superb in supplying images from the Dante collections for me, as usual – I even got to hang out in the photography studio with them while they did some extra ones, which was extremely exciting.


30 09 2009

Welcome to the Manchester Digital Dante blog, where I’ll be posting news and updates about the project as we go along. Everything is trundling along very nicely at the moment – Jamie has finished photographing the 1477 Venice edition, and the files have been uploaded into the image viewing environment ready for the final year students to test.

Meanwhile, the mighty 1481 Florence edition (the legendary Landino) has passed the conservation check, and is in the photography studio Right Now. Pics to follow.