A History of Illuminated Manuscripts, Paperback
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Medieval manuscripts are among Western civilization's greatest glories.

Laboriously written by hand and often sumptuously decorated, they have always been highly valued and remain as brilliant, fascinating and popular as ever.

Christopher de Hamel vividly describes the circumstances in which such books were created - from the earliest monastic Gospel Books to the most lavish Books of Hours.

For the second edition of this book, the text has been revised and updated and the whole volume completely redesigned with a striking wealth of new colour illustrations.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 272 pages, 240 photos, most colour
  • Publisher: Phaidon Press Ltd
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  • Category: History of art / art & design styles
  • ISBN: 9780714834528



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beautiful illumination

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A beautifully written and illustrated history of illumination. De Hamel guides the reader through a user-focused (rather than chronological) history of book art without ever lapsing into dryness. This authoritative volume should be on every illuminator's shelf!

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The first book that anyone interested in illuminated manuscripts should start with. De Hamel has an unparalleled mastery of the subject and presents it in a reader-friendly and engaging way. Included are gorgeous illustrations of the manuscripts themselves; not only are do they allow the reader to better understand the material, they are the height of beauty. A worthy addition to any collection, even a coffee table.

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