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Introduction Part I. Texts: Before the Middle Ages The Middle Ages Part II. Books: Codicology Writing: calligraphic and personal subjects The scribe Appendix: Abbreviations, acrostics and the meaning of the Hebrew letters Part III. The History of Books and Texts: The life and death of manuscripts Libraries Questions of method: codicology and palaeography Texts, copies and text-editions Judgement on readings and the edition of texts Part IV. Some Manuscripts: Ten manuscripts: pictures and detailed descriptions.