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Illuminated Manuscripts: Six Centuries of Ornate Decoration


An illuminated manuscript is any manuscript whose text is accompanied by decoration. The artwork can be silver or gilt, drawings or paintings, or intricate initials or borders. Often used for religious, spiritual or devotional texts in the early days, illuminations make a special book unforgettably beautiful.

This selection begins with a bible from 1400 and ends with a 2008 luxury limited edition of the Passover Haggadah by legendary illustrator Arthur Szyk.

Be illuminated!

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Beth Carswell

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I've been reading, selling, researching, loving and writing about books with AbeBooks since 2000.

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