(London): Harvey Miller Publishers, (1996),
First Edition. folio, boards in dust jacket. Harvey Miller Publishers, Item #11884
Two volumes. Volume One: Text & Illustrations, 48, (194)pp. of illustrations in black and white and in color; Volume Two: Catalogue, (220) pp. This is the first publication to appear in the "Survey of Manuscripts Illuminated in France," a definitive multi-part reference work covering the output of French manuscript illumination from the 7th to the 16th century. The present survey covers the very large body of material that survives from the intensely creative Romanesque period. In his selection, Professor Cahn discusses not only the high points of the illuminator's art, but has been specially concerned to exemplify the range and variety produced inthe 12th century. This manuscript art enriched not only the lavish and precious liturgical books of which the great Bibles are outstanding examples, but also lives of saints, illustrated cartularies and books of canon law, as well as literary and historical writings. 152 manuscripts from this period are here catalogued and illustrated. The Catalogue gives detailed information about format, style and iconography, contents provenance and literature for each manuscript, and is particularly valuable for the descriptions fo the artists and scribes who were of exceptional calibre. Prof. Cahn discusses patronage as well as the impetus for the production of these outstanding manuscripts. Very fine.