ABSTRACT

New technologies for reproducing manuscripts and early printed books, however, offer other options today. Both manuscripts and early printed books have been reproduced on microfilm, then on microfiche, for a couple of generations now. Digital reproductions of manuscripts and early printed books are a powerful new resource which all Neo-Latinists should embrace eagerly. In many cases, then, there are significant advantages to relying on manuscripts and early printed books instead of modern critical editions. A good many resources exist to facilitate work with manuscripts and early printed books. As the study of Neo-Latin literature enters the twenty-first century, it is worth thinking about how scholarship in the field is generally conducted and what might be done differently. For reasons that will become clear in the discussion that follows, a good many references in this chapter will be to digital resources. .