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The Art of the Book: From the Medieval Manuscript to Graphic Novel [Paperback]

James Bettley
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29 Jun 2001 VA
Illuminated manuscripts, comics, fine bindings, the classics of children's literature, artists' books and their working documents - these are just some of the remarkable items to be found in the National Art Library at the V&A. In a series of thematic chapters, the contributors draw on their wide-ranging expertise to look at the Library's major holdings, an in the process illustrate the main aspects of book design and production over the centuries. With medieval books of hours sitting alongside contemporary paperback novels, the choice is wonderfully varied, from Leonardo da Vinci to Sir Eduardo Paolozzi, Joan of Arc to Judge Dredd, Aesop to Charles Dickens, and Babar the Elephant to Ian Fleming. The one hundred colour plates, accompanied by a clear and informative text, superbly demonstrate the many facets of the art of bookmaking. This absorbing compendium will be of interest to all those with a love of art, literary history and illustration.

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  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: V & A Publications (29 Jun 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1851773347
  • ISBN-13: 978-1851773343
  • Product Dimensions: 26.8 x 21.4 x 1.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,034,541 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

James Bettley was, until 2000, Head of Collection Development at the National Art Library, having previously worked at the Royal Institute of British Architects and London's Design Museum.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Medieval manuscripts 27 Dec 2010
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A good but basic book as I cant take all the books out of the library. A nice memento of my studies
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5.0 out of 5 stars Through the ages of literacy 30 July 2010
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Quite brief but it covers both mediaeval illumination and modern comics and is well illustrated. Examples so contrasted that it jars one to turn from one section to another - lively!
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