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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 ›
It covers about 1200 years from around 400 AD to 1600
The choice is excellent and the text and illustration are excellent. the colour reproductions are superb. It is excellent value for money
167 of the most important Manuscripts -. are shown in chronological order, usually as a two page spread , but this may be longer. The page set out is excellent both with brief important details about the Manuscript - date/origin/format/ extent/content/ illustration/patron/(current) owner/ provenance/ and if a facsimile exists
This is followed by a discussion of the manuscript and it's illumination and the specific illustrations in the book. The book is large and the illustration are of a good size with plenty of detail- dimensions are given at the top
There a further 20 Manuscripts that are half page spreads
The book starts with a well structured 40 page introduction covering such issues as
Terms for describing a manuscript page with a nicely annotated example
Other topics include
Book materials and book covers, In the Workshop,
Types of Book- contents
Bibles and Bible commentaries, Psalter, Sacramentary and Missal, Breviary and other liturgical texts
Books of Hours etc this is followed by;
Chronological periods and their traits etc All in all a very useful introduction worth going back to from time to time
The hub of the work is the Major Manuscripts- many of these are very famous and it is well worth knowing about the others.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This 2001 edition is a beautiful large book with an amazing sweep of information and good reproductions of intricate illuminated manuscripts, many at close to actual size, so it is... Read morePublished 4 months ago by SteveA
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 on May 23, 2014 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 on March 4, 2014 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 on February 28, 2014 by Brian Okabayashi