A History of Illuminated Manuscripts

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This survey provides an overview of book manufacturing and decoration from late Antiquity to the Renaissance. The differing circumstances in which illuminated manuscripts were created, from monastic Gospels to secular romances, are described, revealing the stories and characters behind the texts.

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"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

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Christopher de Hamel is a Fellow Librarian of Corpus Christi College, Cambridge. For many years he was head of the Western Manuscripts department at Sotheby's in London. He is the author of The Book: A History of the Bible, also published by Phaidon, which has become established as a definitive work and magnum opus in itself.

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