1. Nomenclature des écritures livresques du IXe au XVIe siècle. Premier Colloque International de Paléographie Latine, Paris, 28-30 avril 1953, Paris 1954 (Colloques Internationaux du Centre de la Recherche Scientifique. Sciences Humaines, IV).

2. See J.P. Gumbert, Die Utrechter Kartäuser und ihre Bücher im frühen fünfzehnten Jahrhundert, Leiden 1974, pp. 199 and foll.; A. Derolez, The Palaeography of Gothic Manuscript Books, from the Twelfth to the Early Sixteenth Century, Cambridge 2003 (Cambridge Studies in Palaeography and Codicology, 9), pp. 20-3.

3. The enormous files dealing with the historical nomenclature of scripts, made in view of the projected palaeographical vocabulary, are deposited in the Institut de Recherche et d'Histoire des Textes in Paris.

4. D. Muzerelle, Vocabulaire codicologique. Répertoire méthodique des termes français relatifs aux manuscrits, Paris 1985 (Rubricae. Histoire du livre et des textes, I). The Vocabulaire is now accessible on Internet in a hypertextual and multilingual form.

5. M. Maniaci, Terminologia del libro manoscritto, Rome 1996 (Addenda. Studi sulla conoscenza, la conservazione e il restauro del materiale librario, III).

6. P. Ostos, M.L. Pardo, E.E. Rodríguez, Vocabulario de codicología. Versión española revisada y aumentada, Madrid 1997 (Instrumenta Bibliologica).

7. That is why Marilena Maniaci and Ezio Ornato gave their contribution to this subject the title 'I cataloghi di manoscritti datati: una torre di Babele codicologica?' See Gazette du livre médiéval, 41 (2002), pp. 1-11.

8. Les manuscrits datés: premier bilan et perspectives. Die datierten Handschriften. Erste Bilanz und Perspektiven. Neuchâtel/Neuenburg, 1983, Paris 1985 (Rubricae. Histoire du livre et des textes, II).

9. C. Samaran, R. Marichal (eds.), Catalogue des manuscrits en écriture latine portant des indications de date, de lieu ou de copiste: I. Musée Condé and the Parisian libraries other than the Bibliothèque nationale (1959); II. Paris, Bibliothèque nationale, MSS lat. 1-8000 (1962); III. Same library, MSS lat. 8001-18613 (1964); IV/1. Same library, MSS lat. (supplement), nouv. acq. lat. and lesser collections (1981); V. Eastern France (1965); VI. Burgundy, Central, South-eastern and South-western France (1968); VII. Western France and Loire region (1984). For a full and up-to-date description of this and all other series, see ...

10. Manuscrits datés des bibliothèques de France. I. Cambrai (2000).

11. G.I. Lieftinck, J.P. Gumbert, Manuscrits datés conservés dans les Pays-Bas. Catalogue paléographique des manuscrits en écriture latine portant des indications de date: I. MSS of foreign provenance (1964); II. MSS of Dutch provenance (1988).

12. F. Masai, M. Wittek (eds.), Manuscrits datés conservés en Belgique: I. Period 819-1400 (1968); II. Brussels, Royal Library, period 1401-40 (1972); III. Same library, period 1441-60 (1978); IV. Same library, period 1461-80 (1982); V. Same library, period 1481-1540 (1987); VI. Same library, period 1541-1600 (1991).

13. Katalog der datierten Handschriften in lateinischer Schrift in Österreich: I. Vienna, Österreichische Nationalbibliothek, period up to 1400 (1969); II. Same library, period 1401-50 (1971); III. Same library, period 1451-1500 (1974); IV. Same library, period 1501-1600 (1976); V. Other libraries in Vienna (1981); VI. University Library Graz (1979); VII. Other libraries in Styria (1988); Lower Austria (1988).

14. Verzeichnisse der Handschriften österreichischer Bibliotheken (seven vols. published starting 1987).

15. Catalogo dei manoscritti in scrittura latina datati o databili per indicazione di anno, di luogo o di copista: I. Rome, Biblioteca Nazionale Centrale (1971); II. Rome, Biblioteca Angelica (1982); III. Perugia, ...

16. G.M. Del Basso, Manoscritti in scrittura latina in biblioteche friulane datati o databili (1986).

17. Manoscritti datati d'Italia: I. Province of Trent (1996); II. Florence, Biblioteca Riccardiana, Part 1 (1997); III. Same library, Part 2 (1999); IV. Province of Vicenza and Padua, Biblioteca Antoniana (2000); V. Florence, Biblioteca Nazionale Centrale, Fondo Conventi Soppressi (2002).

18. T. De Robertis, N. Giovè Marchioli, R. Miriello, M. Palma, S. Zamponi, Norme per i collaboratori dei Manoscritti datati d'Italia, Florence 2000.

19. Katalog der datierten Handschriften in lateinischer Schrift vor 1600 in Schweden: I. Uppsala, University Library (1977); II. Other Swedish libraries (1980).

20. Catalogue of Dated and Datable Manuscripts ...: [I] London, British Library (1979); [II] Oxford Libraries (1984); [III] Cambridge libraries (1988).

21. Katalog der datierten Handschriften in der Schweiz in lateinischer Schrift vom Anfang des Mittelalters bis 1550. Catalogue des manuscrits datés en Suisse en écriture latine du début du Moyen Age jusqu'en 1550: I. Libraries in Aarau, Appenzell and Basle (1977); II. Libraries in alphabetical order from Bern to Porrentruy (1983); III. Libraries in alphabetical order from St. Gall to Zürich (1991).

22. Datierte Handschriften in Bibliotheken der Bundesrepublik Deutschland: I. Frankfurt am Main, Stadt- und Universitätsbibliothek (1984); II. Libraries in Freiburg im Breisgau (1989); III. Stuttgart, Württembergische Landesbibliothek, Part 1 (1991); IV. Munich, Bayerische Staatsbibliothek, Part 1 (1994).

23. I codici latini datati della Biblioteca Apostolica Vaticana: I. Collections Archivio S. Pietro, Barberini, Boncompagni, Borghese, Borgia, Capponi, Chigi, Ferrajoli, Ottoboni (1997).

24. CMDNL, I, p. XI.

25. The well-known atlases of J. Kirchner, Scriptura gothica libraria a saeculo XII usque ad finem Medii Aevi, Munich and Vienna, 1966, and S. Harrison Thomson, Latin Bookhands of the Later Middle Ages, 1100-1500, Cambridge 1969, are exclusively illustrated with specimens of dated mss.

26. On this preponderance of fifteenth-century mss., see the statistics added to the general index of CMDF on the internet, and the studies of Ezio Ornato and his collaborators on the production of mss.

27. See CMDCH, I, p. XI.

28. See CMDD, I, p. VIII.

29. See CMDF2, I, pp. II-III.

30. Also, the many existing albums with reproductions of charters provided an abundance of dated material, whilst the book scripts appearing in palaeographical atlases were rarely taken from dated codices.

31. CMDF, I, p. IX.

32. CMDF², I, p. V.

33. A.G. Watson, Catalogue of Dated and Datable Manuscripts c. 700-1600 in the Department of Manuscripts, The British Library, p. 17.

34. CMDNL, II, p. 4.

35. The Frioul volume mentioned in n. 16 adopted the same order.

36. See Les manuscrits datés (see n. 8), p. 80.

37. See CMDS, I, p. 11. A few years later, at the time of the Neuchâtel meeting, the renowned Swedish palaeographer had changed his mind and thought the editors of CMD would better abstain from palaeographical commentary: see Les manuscrits datés (as in n. 8), pp. 71-2.

38. It was decidedly rejected by J.P. Gumbert in an otherwise laudatory review in Quaerendo, 32 (2002), pp. 321-7 (322).

39. T. De Robertis, S. Zamponi, 'Cataloghi e riproduzioni', Gazette du Livre médiéval, 41 (2002), pp. 41-6. I thank Stefano Zamponi for having sent me a copy of this article before publication.

40. See CMDF, I, pp. XVI-XVII.

41. J.P. Gumbert has provided an excellent survey of the criticism up to 1984 in Les manuscrits datés (see n. 8), pp. 12-29. See now e.g. M. Maniaci, Archeologia del manoscritto. Metodi, problemi, bibliografia recente, Rome 2002 (I libri di Viella, 34), pp. 163-9.

42. See M. Steinmann, "Der Katalog der datierten Handschriften in Unterricht und Forschung", in Les manuscrits datés, pp. 34-9.

43. See n. 7.

44. I thank Denis Muzerelle for reading the first draft of this article and offering comments and additions. Further thanks are due to Ezio Ornato for sharing with me the article mentioned in n. 7 before it was published, and Benjamin Victor for his kind willingness to correct my faulty English.