Scribes and Illuminators / Edition 2

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Overview

Illuminated manuscripts survive in great numbers from the Middle Ages. They are often beautifully preserved, enabling us to appreciate the skilled design and craftsmanship of the people who created them.

Christopher de Hamel describes each stage of production from the preparation of the vellum, pens, paints and inks to the writing of the scripts and the final decoration and illumination of the book. He then examines the role of the stationer or bookshop in co-ordinating book production and describes the supply of exemplars and the accuracy of texts. He follows the careers of a number of specific scribes and illuminators who emerge not as anonymous monks but as identifiable professional lay artisans. He also looks at those who bought the completed books, why they did so, and how much they paid.

His survey ranges from the eleventh century through the golden age of the thirteenth and fourteenth centuries to the luxurious manuscripts existing at the invention of printing.

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Outlines both the technical craft and the business aspects of manuscripts in Europe from the 11th century to the introduction of printing. Nicely illustrated. See also entries HK4670 and U810. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780802077073
  • Publisher: University of Toronto Press, Scholarly Publishing Division
  • Publication date: 5/28/1992
  • Series: Medieval Craftsmen Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 72
  • Sales rank: 784,884
  • Product dimensions: 8.42 (w) x 8.44 (h) x 0.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Christopher de Hamel is the Head of the Department of Manuscripts at Sotheby's London and author of Scribes and Illuminators (Medieval Craftsmen Series).
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Table of Contents

Introduction 4
1 Paper- and Parchment-Makers 8
2 Ink-Makers and Scribes 27
3 Illuminators, Binders and Booksellers 45
Glossary 71
Further reading 71
Photographic credits 71
Acknowledgements 71
Index 72
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