Illuminated manuscripts are perhaps the most beautiful treasures to survive from the middle ages. This authoritative volume provides a comprehensive introduction to the medieval world of books, their production and their consumption. The text divides this world into different groups of readers and writers: missionaries, emperors, monks, students, aristocrats, priests, collectors and the general public. De Hamel is both informative and immensely readable, and the sumptuous illustrations render this book too good to be missed.
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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.Review:
"It is no mere history, but an original, lively and richly illustrated commentary."-Times Literary Supplement "Gorgeous and informative. A wonderful introduction to handwritten books from the Dark Ages to the invention of printing in the fifteenth century."-Houston Chronicle "Lavish, beautiful and sweeping look at the beginning of the printed word."-Graphic Arts Monthly "Along with excellent illustrations, this large volume includes a bibliography and index of manuscripts."-The Good Book Guide
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Buchbeschreibung Phaidon Oxford, 1986., 1986. 4° OPp mit OUmschlag. 256 Seiten mit 250 Illustrationen (davon 80 in Farbe) Enthält u.a."Books for Emperors" - "Books for Monks" - "Books for Students" - "Books for Collectors".Alle vier Ecken des Einbandes gestaucht,sonst gute und saubere Ausgabe. Sprache: Englisch Gewicht in Gramm: 1300. Artikel-Nr. 17129
Buchbeschreibung Phaidon, Oxford, first edition, 1986, 1986. Cloth, 4to, 29 cm, 256 pp, 250 ills, 80 in colour. From the blurb: "Illuminated manuscripts are among the greatest glories of medieval art. They survive in large numbers and have immense popular appeal. Reproductions of miniatures and decorated pages are to be found everywhere, from greeting cards and wrapping paper to expensive facsimiles, and yet hitherto no history of this vast subject has been readily available. Christopher de Hamel's book fulfils a longfelt need for a general introduction to the whole subject of the making of books in the Middle Ages. Books were written and illuminated for particular purposes, and the author concentrates our attention on the types of book that were most characteristic of different epochs, beginning with the early Christian missionaries of Ireland and Northumbria, and culminating in Renaissance Italy. He vividly describes the 'widely varying circumstances in which books were created - monks copying devotional works in their scriptoria, commercial booksellers in Paris producing textbooks for university students, celebrated artists painting exquisite miniatures for aristocratic patrons, humanists searching out and transcribing ancient manuscripts of classical authors As the story unfolds, the amazing variety of medieval manuscripts and their illumination is put into a historical context, and the gradual shift from purely religious to a wide range of secular interests is traced. At every stage the fundamental questions about book' production are answered - who wrote the books, who read them, who paid for them, how they were actually made, what texts they contained, what purposes they served, and how their lavish decoration originated and developed. The illustrations, many of them fullpage colour plates, reveal not only the sheer beauty but also the remarkable range of types of medieval manuscript. They have been carefully chosen to show the development of style in script, illumination and book design, and in the captions many of the telltale clues are pointed out that help to identify and date manuscripts, and even ascribe them to their place of origin. In A History of Illuminated Manuscripts Christopher de Hamel has brought together a vast amount of information that was previously accessible only to specialists." Somewhat faded around the spine, otherwise Very Good in a similarly spine-faded dustwrapper. Artikel-Nr. ABE-43824
Buchbeschreibung Oxford, Phaidon, 1986. 256 s. mit zahlr. teils farb. Abb. Umschl. u. Einb. etw. lichtverf. Sprache: Englisch 4°, Orig.-Karton mitill. Orig.-Schutzumschlag. Artikel-Nr. 27048