- Hardcover: 272 pages
- Publisher: Phaidon Inc Ltd; 2 Sub edition (October 1994)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0714829498
- ISBN-13: 978-0714829494
- Product Dimensions: 1.2 x 10.2 x 11.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 4.3 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 28 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #603,137 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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A History of Illuminated Manuscripts Hardcover – October, 1994
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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.
Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc.
"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 --This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition.
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But once I managed to calm down and start reading the text, I fell in love with the book even more. It is clearly written, yet technical enough to give a full understanding of the astounding illuminated manuscripts. Putting them in a historical context added so much more to my understanding and therefore appreciation. I have quite a few books on the topic. This one draws them all into a single fabric.
Some of the photographs are so detailed that you can see the individual brushstrokes and the colors are incredibly vibrant. This is by far the best book on illuminated manuscripts I have seen. Other books simply pale in comparison to the beauty, detail and color of this one.
As others have stated, there are prints of manuscripts in this book that have rarely been seen before. For those interested in re-creating manuscripts, there are several "unfinished" examples which allow you to see the sketches behind the color.
The book is divided into sections covering "books for students", "books for clergy", "books for everybody" etc. It is quite interesting to see the differences between the quality of the various books as well as Latin vs vernacular languages.
I would highly recommend this book for anyone interested in art, illuminated manuscripts or medieval history.
The subject is interesting enough however that I've decided to keep the book at coffee table book!
I look forward to buying more used books. I am especially interested in art books, like the Old Masters. A. Durer, Rubens, Caravaggio, and Impressionists like Monet.