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Scribes and Illuminators (Medieval Craftsmen) [Paperback]

Christopher de Hamel
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6 July 1992 Medieval Craftsmen
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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  • Paperback: 72 pages
  • Publisher: British Museum Press (6 July 1992)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0714120499
  • ISBN-13: 978-0714120492
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 21 x 21.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 76,794 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
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The author has captured the essence of the lives of not only scribes and illuminators but gives an insight into the work of the parchment maker, ink making and others. Highly recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent and concise overview 24 Sep 2009
By klai
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This book is a great introduction to the production of manuscripts in the Middle Ages. While the book is short, the text is informative but clear and very readable, and the many pictures make it an enjoyable read. The perfect place to start learning about manuscripts and their makers.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Really Informative Little Book!! 3 Dec 2002
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This book is not very big, but it is very well written and full of information. It describes in detail the circumstances under which scribes and illuminators worked in the middle ages. It contains full colour pictures of authentic objects, etc. that support the textual descriptions. I easily recommend it as Reference literature to all those truly interested in handwritten manuscripts and medieval illumination.
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