A highly detailed account of every aspect of the skills involved in making books in the medieval period with emphasis on illuminated manuscripts. The book contains three chapters: Paper-and parchment-Makers, Ink-Makers and Scribes and Illuminators, Binders and Booksellers. The author informs the reader of the materials used in creating books. For example, it was surprising to learn that parchment was initially made from animal skins. Readers are then informed about the different types of ink and quills used for the writing which was highly ornate. In addition there are thirty-five colour and twenty-eight black and white illustrations throughout. The book is short with seventy-two pages including the glossary, further reading, acknowledgements and index. However, it is an abundance of information and a pleasantly decorated book throughout. The author, Christopher de Hamel is head of the Illuminated Manuscript Department at Sotheby's. Highly recommended.