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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent presentation of a wonderful source, 8 Sept. 2002
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This review is from: Old Testament Miniatures: A Medieval Picture Book with 283 Paintings from the Creation to the Shop Story of David (Hardcover)
Words cannot do justice to the quality of this work, and neither can scans or smaller prints. This version contains 182 huge 385mm x 290mm plates showing old testament bible scenes, cleanly printed in full and glowing colour on quality paper and solidly bound in a thick fabric covered hardback tome. This is a book that you will proudly be passing on to your grandchildren.
The content more than justifies the loving presentation. Commonly known as the Maciejowski Bible, this is the definitive visual reference source for the mid thirteenth century. The attention to detail makes this an invaluable resource for any student of history. The fashion and fit of dress and decoration are shown clearly, with fabric folds, embroidery, lining and even stitches visible. Armour, weapons, hairstyles, tools, even underwear is presented with astonishing clarity. If you are even remotely serious about studying or recreating medieval life, you simply must have this reference source.
As a bonus, there is an informative introduction detailing the history of the original book, and large print annotations to every scene.
This is a book that you will come back to again and again. It is such a rich and detailed source that you will be constantly discovering new gems on every page, even after repeated viewings. Buy this book, and it will reward you copiously for years to come.
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