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A History of Illuminated Manuscripts

De Hamel, Christopher

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ISBN 10: 0714829498 / ISBN 13: 9780714829494
Published by Phaidon, 1994
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PUBLISHER: Phaidon Press DATE/EDITION: 1994, second edition, revised and enlarged BINDING: Hardbound in black paper covered boards with blind stamped lettering, 10" x 11 1/2", 272 pages DUST JACKET: Jacket is very good, clean with no rips or chips BOOK CONDITION: A very light bump to the bottom right corner and a four line note written in the upper right corner of the first free end paper otherwise the book is very good with tight binding and very clean inside and out. DESCRIPTION: Profusely illustrated throughout in full color. Bookseller Inventory # 001313

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Title: A History of Illuminated Manuscripts

Publisher: Phaidon

Publication Date: 1994

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Very Good

Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good

Edition: 2nd Edition

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Medieval manuscripts are counted among the greatest glories of Western civilization. With their gold and painted decoration and their charming miniatures, they have always had immense appeal, and images from them can be seen everywhere - from greeting cards and wrapping paper to expensive facsimiles. This entertaining and authoritative book is the first to provide a general introduction to the whole subject of the making of books from the Dark Ages to the invention of printing and beyond. Christopher de Hamel vividly describes the widely different circumstances in which manuscripts were created, from the earliest monastic Gospel Books to university textbooks, secular romances, Books of Hours and classical texts for humanist bibliophiles. As the story unfolds the wonderful variety of manuscripts and their illumination is revealed, and many fundamental questions are answered - who wrote the books, what texts they contained, who read them, how they were made and what purposes they served. Illuminated manuscripts have alway been highly valued, and among them are some of the world's great masterpieces of art. With its lively narrative and many new and superb illustrations, this new edition of a much-praised book provides the perfect introduction to a large and fascinating subject.

About the Author:

Christopher de Hamel is a Fellow Librarian of Corpus Christi College, Cambridge. For many years he was head of the Western Manuscripts department at Sotheby's in London. He is the author of The Book: A History of the Bible, also published by Phaidon, which has become established as a definitive work and magnum opus in itself.

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