From Library Journal
This 1986 title throws light on the world of illuminated manuscripts, which function as works of both art and literature. De Hamel provides a full history of the illuminated manuscript through text and dozens of glorious color illustrations.
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'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)