Bibliography

Publications in print

Irish palaeography

O'Neill, Timothy, The Irish hand: scribes and their manuscripts from the earliest times to the seventeenth century with an exemplar of Irish scripts, Mountrath: Dolmen Press, 1984.
Byrne, Francis J., A thousand years of Irish script: an exhibition of Irish manuscripts in Oxford libraries, Oxford, 1979.
Ní Úrdail, Meidhbhín, The scribe in eighteenth- and nineteenth-century Ireland: motivations and milieu, Studien und Texte zur Keltologie 3, Münster: Nodus Publikationen, 2000.  

Preliminaries; 1. Introduction; 2. The Ó Longáin scribal family; 3. Material contained in the Ó Longáin manuscripts; 4. Script and print: interactions and reciprocal influences; 5. Conclusion; Appendix: manuscript reproductions; Bibliography and indexes. 

O'Sullivan, William, “Insular calligraphy: current state and problems”, Peritia 4 (1985): 346–359.  
comments: Reviews The Irish hand (1984) by Timothy O'Neill

Early works:

O'Curry, Eugene, Lectures on the manuscript materials of ancient Irish history, delivered at the Catholic University of Ireland during the sessions of 1855 and 1856, Dublin, 1861.
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O'Donovan, John, A grammar of the Irish language: published for the use of the senior classes of the College of St. Columba, Dublin: Hodges and Smith, 1845.
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429–435 direct link
Ó Mhachaire, Seoirse [Ó Mh., S.], Casán na Gaoidhilge: an introduction to the Irish language, Belfast, 1841.
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229–233

Although general surveys are few and far between, much can be learned from studies on particular manuscripts, for instance:

Breatnach, Caoimhín, “Manuscript abbreviations and other scribal features in the Liber Flavus Fergusiorum”, Ériu 61 (2011): 95–163.  
The purpose of this paper is to provide a comprehensive analysis of manuscript abbreviations and other scribal features in a section comprising twenty-four folios of the important fifteenth-century manuscript now known as the Liber Flavus Fergusiorum (RIA MS 476 (23 O 48)). Some issues with regard to the expansion of manuscript abbreviations will also be discussed, and it will be seen that several abbreviations serve many more functions than their original ones.
Ó Concheanainn, Tomás, “The Book of Ballymote”, Celtica 14 (1981): 15–25.
O'Sullivan, William, “The Book of Uí Maine formerly the Book of Ó Dubhagáin: scripts and structure”, Éigse 23 (1989): 151–166.
O'Sullivan, William, “Notes on the scripts and make-up of the Book of Leinster”, Celtica 7 (1966): 1–31.
Oskamp, Hans P. A., “The first twelve folia of Rawlinson B 502”, Ériu 23 (1972): 56–72.
Oskamp, Hans P. A., “The Yellow Book of Lecan proper”, Ériu 26 (1975): 102–121.

Insular script and Latin palaeography

O'Sullivan, William, “Manuscripts and palaeography”, in: Ó Cróinín, Dáibhí [ed.], A new history of Ireland, vol. 1: Prehistoric and early Ireland, Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2005. 511–548.
Background, especially on the earliest stages.
Brown, T. Julian, “The Irish element in the Insular system of scripts to circa A.D. 850”, in: Löwe, Heinz [ed.], Die Iren und Europa im früheren Mittelalter, 2 vols, vol. 1, Veröffentlichungen des Europa-Zentrums Tübingen. Kulturwissenschaftliche Reihe, Stuttgart: Klett-Cotta, 1982. 101–119.
Bischoff, Bernhard, Latin palaeography: antiquity and the Middle Ages, tr. Dáibhí Ó Cróinín and David Ganz, original title: Paläographie des römischen Altertums und des abendländischen Mittelalters (1979), Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1990.
Lindsay, W. M., Early Irish minuscule script, Saint Andrews University Publications 6, Oxford, 1910.
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Lindsay, W. M., Notae Latinae: an account of abbreviation in Latin mss. of the early minuscule period, c. 700-850, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1915.  
comments: For the supplement, see Bains 1936a
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Bains, Doris [author], A supplement to ‘Notae Latinae’: abbreviations in Latin mss. of 850 to 1050 A.D., Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1936.  
comments: Supplement to Lindsay, Notae Latinae (1915)
Draak, Maartje, Construe marks in Hiberno-Latin manuscripts, Mededelingen der Koninklijke Nederlandse Akademie van Wetenschappen, Afd. Letterkunde, Nieuwe Reeks 20.10, Amsterdam: Noord-Hollandse Uitgevers Maatschappij, 1957.
On the use of construe marks, as the title suggests.
Dumville, David N., Abbreviations used in insular script before A.D. 850: tabulation based on the work of W. M. Lindsay, Anglo-Saxon, Norse and Celtic Manuscript Studies 2, Cambridge: Department of Anglo-Saxon, Norse and Celtic, University of Cambridge, 2004.
Dumville, David N., A palaeographer's review: the insular system of scripts in the early Middle Ages, 2 vols, vol. 1, Kansai University Institute of Oriental and Occidental Studies, Sources and Materials Series 20.1, Suita, Osaka: Kansai University Press, 1999.
Dumville, David N., A palaeographer's review: the insular system of scripts in the early Middle Ages, 2 vols, vol. 2, Kansai University Institute of Oriental and Occidental Studies, Sources and Materials Series 20.2, Suita, Osaka: Kansai University Press, 2007.
Cappelli, Adriano, Lexicon abbreviaturarum = Dizionario di abbreviature latine ed italiane, Manuali Hoepli, 6th ed. (1899), Milan: Hoepli, 1961.
Cappelli, Adriano, Lexicon abbreviaturarum = Dizionario di abbreviature latine ed italiane, Manuali Hoepli, 2nd ed. (1899), Milan: Hoepli, 1912.
Moscow State University, Faculty of History – A. L. Ponomarev: <link>

Miscellaneous

On punctuation, word separation and related matters
Saenger, Paul, Space between words: the origins of silent reading, Figurae, Stanford, California: Stanford University Press, 1997.
Parkes, Malcolm B., Pause and effect: an introduction to the history of punctuation in the West, Aldershot: Scolar Press, 1992.
Parkes, Malcolm B., “The contribution of Insular scribes of the seventh and eighth centuries to the ‘grammar of legibility’”, in: . 1–18.

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