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The Mirror of Salvation (Speculum Humanae Salvationis): An Edition of British Library Blockbook G.11784

Labriola, Albert C.;Smeltz, John W.

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ISBN 10: 0820703230 / ISBN 13: 9780820703237
Published by Duquesne University Press, 2002
Condition: Very Good Hardcover
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Very Good blue cloth Hardcover in Very Good purple dustjacket. Inscribed by author on front flyleaf. Mild edgewear to jacket, cloth cover faded around edges. Text clean & unmarked. 194 pp. Bookseller Inventory # 010725

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Title: The Mirror of Salvation (Speculum Humanae ...

Publisher: Duquesne University Press

Publication Date: 2002

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Very Good

Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good

Signed: By Author

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This blockbook is the key to understanding the "religious climate" of the Middle Ages. It was the first and only edition of its kind of the Mirror of Salvation, among the most significant and influential blockbooks of the fifteenth century. This edition reprints all 58 woodcuts, each with two illustrations, translates into modern English the text of the entire blockbook, and provides detailed explanations of the woodcuts and the text. No other edition approaches the magnitude of this achievement, which is intended to make the blockbook accessible to the present-day reader.

The detailed explanations highlight the biblical passages, both canonical and apocryphal, and mythological legends that develop the theme of the blockbook. As the title Mirror of Salvation suggests, the blockbook's theme focuses on the roles of Christ and of the Virgin Mary in the salvation of humankind.

About the Author:

Albert C. Labriola is professor of English at Duquesne University and secretary of the Milton Society of America. He is also the general editor of the Medieval & Renaissance Literary Studies book series. He was recently named the Honored Scholar of the Milton Society of America for 2000.

John W. Smeltz is research associate in English at Duquesne University. Dr. Smeltz specializes in Middle English language and literature, manuscript study and paleography.

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