A History of Illuminated Manuscripts (2nd Revised edition)

A History of Illuminated Manuscripts (2nd Revised edition)

By: Christopher de Hamel (author)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.

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About Author

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.


Books for missionaries; books for emperors; books for monks; books for students; books for aristocrats; books for everybody; books for priests; books for collectors.

Product Details

  • publication date: 26/09/1997
  • ISBN13: 9780714834528
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 272
  • ID: 9780714834528
  • weight: 1678
  • ISBN10: 0714834521
  • edition: 2nd Revised edition

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