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Masterpieces of Illumination: The World's Most Famous Manuscripts 400 To 1600 Hardcover – September 19, 2007
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For those, like me, who also do illumination as a hobby this book offers a good range of exemplars of very high caliber. Just remember that this represents the best of many times and places, and don't be intimidated by the quality of the work displayed here. Codices Illustres is big enough to be a coffee table book, but is serves much better as a reference in the scriptorium.
THL Ragnar Ketilsson
This is a truly wonderful book. It contains discussions and representative illuminations from 167 of the most famous and influential extant codices, books of hours, psalters, Bibles and histories from Europe and Asia (23 or the 167 are from Persia, turkey and India) during the 1200 years in which manuscript illumination flourished as an art form (and at the end of the text proper are samples from yet another 29 manuscripts). The full-color and often full-page illustrations are beautifully and accurately rendered, and the accompanying descriptions are both authoritative and unusually informative. The appendix contains artist biographies, along with a comprehensive bibliography, glossary, and index.Read more ›
I paid £37 for it in the UK when it first came out ($75), and still thought it was an absolute bargain. So I am mystified why it is suddenly available (October 2007) at a fraction of the price: this must be being sold at a loss - or are Taschen simply offloading all unsold copies to Amazon? It might be worth Amazon specifying if this indeed the same as the original edition. You'll note that the cover picture is slighlty different from the one you get when you follow the link to the more expensive 'other editions' (even if the text content and reviews are identical).
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I agree that it is a comprehensive and brilliant survey about WESTERN manuscript. In this review, I just discuss its downside.
It is a survey of "WESTERN manuscript"! Read more
Well-published book, great illustrations, excellent kachetsvo print would be a great gift for anyone interested in ancient manuscripts, the history of writing and printingPublished 21 months ago by Natali
The only problem with this work is that it doesn't capture the beauty of the original in terms of the gold paint and there are only samples of each manuscript. Read morePublished 23 months ago by thetimidmortal
This book is an excellent overview of most of the important medieval manuscripts including non-Western manuscripts from Persia, China, Arabia, Japan, and even Mayan. Read morePublished 23 months ago by Brian Okabayashi
This an excellent wide ranging introduction to Manuscript Illumination and is an excellent early purchase for those interested in the area
It covers about 1200 years from... Read more