LIMA: Literary Manuscript Analysis

These pages are designed to provide an advanced introduction to the study of manuscripts; to consider what can be learned about a manuscript from its physical characteristics. Particular emphasis is placed on English literary manuscripts of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, as this is my area of specialism; hence the title, Literary Manuscript Analysis (LIMA). The site considers various physical features of a manuscript from which information can be gained, the methodologies typically used, and the evaluation of evidence. References are also given to many printed texts and on-line resources about manuscript studies.