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Enhancement and character recognition of the erased colophon of a 15th-century Hebrew prayer book
Author(s): Derek J. Walvoord; Roger L. Easton Jr.; Keith T. Knox; Matthew Heimbueger
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Paper Abstract

A handwritten codex often included an inscription that listed facts about its publication, such as the names of the scribe and patron, date of publication, the city where the book was copied, etc. These facts obviously provide essential information to a historian studying the provenance of the codex. Unfortunately, this page was sometimes erased after the sale of the book to a new owner, often by scraping off the original ink. The importance of recovering this information would be difficult to overstate. This paper reports on the methods of imaging, image enhancement, and character recognition that were applied to this page in a Hebrew prayer book copied in Florence in the 15th century.

Paper Details

Date Published: 17 January 2005
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 5676, Document Recognition and Retrieval XII, (17 January 2005); doi: 10.1117/12.587848
Show Author Affiliations
Derek J. Walvoord, Rochester Institute of Technology (United States)
Roger L. Easton Jr., Rochester Institute of Technology (United States)
Keith T. Knox, Boeing LTS, Inc. (United States)
Matthew Heimbueger, Rochester Institute of Technology (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 5676:
Document Recognition and Retrieval XII
Elisa H. Barney Smith; Kazem Taghva, Editor(s)

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