Baltimore: Johns Hopkins/Walters Art Gallery, (1997),
First Edition. large quarto, cloth. Johns Hopkins/Walters Art Gallery, Item #12517
Two volumes. xxxii, 352pp.; (366)pp. This two part set represents the third volume in the Walters Art Gallery catalogue of the collection of Medieval and Renaissance Manuscripts. From the Preface: "The terrain encompassed by the material at hand is situated today chiefly in Belgium. Flanders proved to be consistently at the core of a teeming cultural matix extending from Brabant, Hainaut, and Liege to adjoining territories located mainly in present-day France. Stylistic developments attest to far- flung contacts especially after 1400 between patrons and artisans active in England, present-day Holland, France, Germany, Italy, and Spain... Further of note is the apparent deliberate avoidance of absolute copying of both texts and images, even in routine workshop productions that offer telling contrasts to commissions executed for discriminating patrons... Names of binders tooled on finely ornamented covers of a number of prayer books typify a relatively common digression from the norm of anonymity among Flemish practitioners of this craft." Extensively illustrated in black and white and in color. A very fine set.