More Manuscript Libraries with Readable Scans

The Library of the Royal Academy of History in Spain (Biblioteca Digital Real Academia de Historia) has links to nice digital scans of their manuscript books. You have to go all the way down to the bottom of the catalog entry, where it says “Objetos digitales”. Then, if you know (from the catalog) which pages you want, you can pick out the right thumbnail, zoom in, and even save it for yourself. (Mwhahaha.)

(To save, click on the Save picture, get presented with a page warning you how long it will take on dialup, and click on “Descargar”. This will let you save. When you’re done, click on “Volver” to return to the place you left off in the thumbnails or the manuscript viewer.)

Of course, whether or not you can read the handwriting is your problem. (Part of why courses in historical handwriting are getting more important, though.)

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