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The Grand Medieval Bestiary: Animals in Illuminated Manuscripts Hardcover

ISBN-13: 978-0789211279 ISBN-10: 0789211270 Edition: Slp

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  • Hardcover: 620 pages
  • Publisher: Abbeville Press; Slp edition (December 11, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0789211270
  • ISBN-13: 978-0789211279
  • Product Dimensions: 19 x 13.1 x 4.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #52,620 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"This is a huge and beautiful book that feels almost like a trip to the Cloisters between two covers." —New York Daily News

"Rarely have earnest scholarship and sheer wonder come together as comfortably as they have here. And as magical as the original artworks surely are, this unique volume is literally better than the real thing, since it allows us to ogle them closely." —Fine Art Connoisseur

"Every year I try to reserve the adjective "stunning" for one book. This is it." —The Seattle Times holiday gift guide

About the Author

Christian Heck, a senior member of the Institut Universitaire de France and former curator-in-chief of the Unterlinden Museum in Colmar, is an authority on illuminated manuscripts.

Rémy Cordonnier, a researcher at the University of Lille, specializes in medieval iconography.

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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Paperartzy on December 28, 2012
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I first saw this book in its French language edition on Amazon's French website in 2011 at a price of just under Euro 385 (discounted from Euro 405!!). At this price the book was way beyond my means, so I was pleasantly surprised when an English language edition appeared on the Amazon UK and US websites at a much more affordable GBP 90. I conjectured that the English language edition must be a 'cut down' version of the French 'Belle reliure', but what the heck I figured, what lover of the art of medieval manuscripts could resist even a cut-down edition displaying some of the world's finest medieval imagery and a text by two specialists from premier French universities? I therefore ordered the book from Amazon US and was amazed when a huge package weighing 16.5lb arrived on my doorstep. This is no cut-down version. With exactly the same number of pages (620) as the French original the book itself is 15.25" tall, 10.75" wide and just under 2.5" thick. Printed on high quality glossy paper in full colour, the book boasts around 600 full colour reproductions of illuminations taken not just from bestiaries, but from a wide range of illuminated manuscripts ranging from the early 8th century up to the early 16th. The book comes protected in a heavy slipcase that adds about 0.5" to the overall dimensions. Accompanying the images are four essay chapters covering general topics, such as the role of animals in medieval life and Christian philosophy that fill the first 105 pages of the book. The following 491 pages provide examples of 100 individual animals that were described in medieval bestiaries together with an essay by Professor Cordonnier outlining the symbolism and myths attached to each in the medieval Christian world view.Read more ›
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By ahigherauthority on March 6, 2013
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HUGE in linear dimension and weight, but a "must have" for anyone with an interest in antique manuscripts, fine arts, graphic arts, animals (real & imagined) and the stories they tell from candle lighted drawing tables 700+ years ago. I purchased this with the recent Book of Kells by Meehan-also a "must"- and confirm absolute satisfaction with each.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Joseph Burman on February 13, 2013
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I've seen a lot of illuminated manuscripts, and bestiaries in particular, over the years, but the size, quality of photo reproduction, and information on the history and meaning of each creature in this book make this a very, very special undertaking. The price seems very low from what one actually gets with this treasure.
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By C. Koz on November 14, 2013
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All the reviews were absolutely spot on. For any medievalist this Bestiary provides a concise history the medieval world of beasts and animals. What imaginations the artists had to provide such colorful and amazing illustrations.
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