Meetings with Remarkable Manuscripts
Comments and mentions from HN threads:
Ask HN: Books you read in 2018?
acheron: 12 different medieval manuscripts the author goes to visit. Describes their history, where they are now and what it's like to see them, contains many detailed reproductions of pages, etc. Not at all dry; the author writes well and adds bits of humor, while still getting across all the necessary details.
Ask HN: Recommend one book I need to read this summer?
kashyapc: Get the hardcover edition—absolutely worth it, especially given the subject matter; it's about 600 pages (don't let the page count discourage you) and is beautifully bound, with lots of educating pictures of internals of manuscripts, calligraphic masterpieces and much more.
Ask HN: Favorite Nonfiction Books of 2019?
dorchadas: I read this book too, and it was such a great book. The paper it was printed on, the whole binding of it, everything. It's definitely one you have to read hardback.
kashyapc: Don't let the page count (~550, modulo references) discourage you. The hardcover edition absolutely enhances the reading experience—it's beautifully bound, has plenty of pictures of medieval manuscripts, calligraphic exemplars and more.