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The Illuminated Manuscript (1979)

by Janet Backhouse

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The British Library houses one of the world's greatest collections of illuminated manuscripts, and Janet Backhouse has drawn on this rich resource to make a selection of outstanding examples that span over 800 years of medieval book production. She begins with the Lindisfarne Gospels and continues with a representative cross-section that reveals the remarkable variety and richness to be found in medieval manuscripts. With a concise introductory text and informative captions, this is the perfect introduction to an endlessly fascinating subject.… (more)
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Good beginning survey of a huge field. All examples are from the British Library and Janet Backhouse is an expert. Examples are mentioned from elsewhere. A more comprehensive Bibliography would have made the book much more useful. 70 plates with about 1/3 in color. ( )
  sprowett | May 3, 2008 |
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  bronwynmatthews | Apr 10, 2007 |
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The seventy manuscripts represented in this book span almost nine hundred years of European art and history.
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The British Library houses one of the world's greatest collections of illuminated manuscripts, and Janet Backhouse has drawn on this rich resource to make a selection of outstanding examples that span over 800 years of medieval book production. She begins with the Lindisfarne Gospels and continues with a representative cross-section that reveals the remarkable variety and richness to be found in medieval manuscripts. With a concise introductory text and informative captions, this is the perfect introduction to an endlessly fascinating subject.

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