The Illuminated Page Ten Centuries of Manuscript Painting in the British Library

By: Backhouse, Janet

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Book Condition: Fine in Near Fine dust jacket


Color Illustrations; This book is in Fine condition and has a Near Fine dust jacket. The book and its contents are in clean, bright condition. The text pages are clean and bright. The dust jacket is mostly clean and bright, but has two scratches to the front cover and some beginning rolling to the top spine end. "The earliest surviving substantive illuminated manuscripts are from the period 400 to 600, produced in the Kingdom of the Ostrogoths and the Eastern Roman Empire. The significance of these works lies not only in their inherent artistic and historical value, but also in the maintenance of a link of literacy offered by non-illuminated texts. Had it not been for the monastic scribes of Late Antiquity, most literature of Greece and Rome would have perished in Europe. As it was, the patterns of textual survivals were shaped by their usefulness to the severely constricted literate group of Christians. Illumination of manuscripts, as a way of aggrandizing ancient documents, aided their preservation and informative value in an era when new ruling classes were no longer literate, at least in the language used in the manuscripts."

Title: The Illuminated Page Ten Centuries of Manuscript Painting in the British Library

Author Name: Backhouse, Janet

Categories: Books On Books,

Edition: 1st Canadian Edition; 1st Printing

Publisher: Toronto, Canada, University of Toronto Press: 1998

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition: Fine in Near Fine dust jacket

Seller ID: A36092

Keywords: Books On Books Janet Backhouse Illuminated Manuscripts Illuminated Pages Manuscript Pages Art Books on Books,