Historians will look at a medieval book in terms of what can be learned from the text. Artists will look at the beauty of the calligraphy and illumination. Shailor’s study examines the physical format of the medieval book and shows how the contents influenced its physical appearance and the way it was produced. The Medieval Book is well illustrated, with many black & white pictures and some color plates, using items from Yale’s Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library. As many of these manuscripts are not well known, the plates are valuable for that reason alone. There are several fascinating pictures of the leather bindings and information on how books were bound.
Originally published by the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library in 1988, this work has quickly become an indispensable guide for scholars in a wide range of medieval studies.
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