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Bibliography: Manuscript Production: Decoration and Illustration


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Bland, David. A History of Book Illustration: The Illuminated Manuscript and Printed Book. 2nd ed. Berkeley: University of California Press, 1969. [* Subject heading: manuscript production; manuscript decoration and illustration (illumination); early printed books; incunabula; book illustration *]

Diringer, David. The Illuminated Book: Its History and Production. 2nd ed. New York: Praeger, 1967. [* Subject heading: manuscript production; manuscript decoration and illustration (illumination); book illustration *]

Fisher, Carol Garrett, and Kathleen L. Scott, eds. Art into Life: Collected Papers from the Kresge Art Museum Medieval Symposia. East Lansing: Michigan State University Press, 1995. [Contents: "A Survey of Antique, Medieval, and Renaissance Book Production," by Richard W. Clement; "Book Production Terms in Nicholas Munshull's Nominale," by Jeremy Griffiths; "'Man yhernes rimes for to here': A Biblical History from the Middle Ages," by Sarah M. Horrall; "Geography and Illustration and Higden's Polychronicon," by A. S. G. Edwards; "Harry the Haywarde and Talbat his Dog: An Illustrated Girdlebook from Worcestershire," by John B. Friedman; "'And flights of angels sing thee to thy rest': The Soul's Conveyance to the Afterlife in the Middle Ages," by Pamela Sheingorn; "Secular Objects and their Implications in Early Netherlandish Painting," by Robert G. Calkins; "Lay Patronage and the Popular Iconography of the Seven Deadly Sins," by Joanne S. Norman; "Nuns as Patrons Artists, Readers: Bridgettine Woodcuts in Printed Books Produced for the English Market," by Martha W. Driver.] [* Subject heading: manuscript production; scribes and scribal practices; early printed books; incunabula; history of printing; manuscript decoration and illustration (illumination); book illustration *]

Hellinga, Lotte. "Illustration of the Fifteenth-century: A Bird's Eye View of Changes and Techniques." Bulletin du Bibliophile (1991): 43-61. [* Subject heading: manuscript production; manuscript decoration and illustration (illumination) *]

Kerby-Fulton, Kathryn, and Denise L. Despres. Iconography and the Professional Reader: The Politics of Book Production in the Douce Piers Plowman. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota, 1999. [Re: Oxford, Bodleian Library, MS Douce 104.] [* Subject heading: manuscript production; manuscript decoration and illustration (illumination); reading and readers (patronage); William Langland *]

Lawton, Lesley. "The Illustration of Late Medieval Secular Texts, with Special Reference to Lydgate's Troy Book." In Manuscripts and Readers in Fifteenth-Century England. Ed. Derek Pearsall. Cambridge: D. S. Brewer / Boydell and Brewer, 1983. Pp. 41-69. [* Subject heading: manuscript decoration and illustration (illumination) *]

Marks, Richard, and Nigel Morgan. The Golden Age of English Manuscript Painting, 1200-1500. New York: George Braziller, 1981. [* Subject heading: manuscript decoration and illustration (illumination) *]

Michael, M. A. "English Illuminators c.1190-1450: A Survey from Documentary Sources." English Manuscript Studies 1100-1700 4 (1993): 62-113. [* Subject heading: manuscript production; manuscript decoration and illustration (illumination) *]

Pächt, Otto. Book Illumination in the Middle Ages: An Introduction. Trans. Kay Davenport. Pref. J. J. G. Alexander. London: Harvey Miller Publishers; Oxford and New York: Oxford University Press, 1986. [Originally published in German as Buchmalerei des Mittelalters: Eine Einführung, ed. Dagmar Thoss and Ulrike Jenni (Munich: Prestel-Verlag, 1984). The text "is based on a series of lectures, 'Introduction to Medieval Illumination,' delivered by Otto Pächt at the University of Vienna in the Winter term of 1967/68" ("Preface to the original German Edition," p. 223).] [* Subject heading: manuscript decoration and illustration (illumination) *]

Pearsall, Derek. "The Troilus Frontispiece." Yearbook of English Studies 7 (1977): 68-74. [Cambridge, Corpus Christi College, MS 61.] [* Subject heading: manuscript decoration and illustration (illumination); Geoffrey Chaucer (Troilus and Criseyde) *]

Randall, L[ilian] M. C. Images in the Margins of Gothic Manuscripts. Berkeley and Los Angeles: University of California Press, 1966. [* Subject heading: manuscript decoration and illustration (illumination); manuscript production; marginalia *]

Robb, David M. The Art of the Illuminated Manuscript. South Brunswick: A. S. Barnes, 1973. [* Subject heading: manuscript decoration and illustration (illumination) *]

Scheller, Robert W. Exemplum: Model-Book Drawings and the Practice of Artistic Transmission in the Middle Ages (200 B.C.-ca. 1470). Amsterdam: Amsterdam University Press, 1996. [* Subject heading: manuscript decoration and illustration (illumination) *]

Scott, Kathleen L. "Design, Decoration and Illustration." In Book Production and Publishing in Britain 1375-1475. Ed. Jeremy Griffiths and Derek Pearsall. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1989. Pp. 31-64. [Of 40,000 surviving manuscripts from the late 14th to the early 16th centuries, at least 1000 were illustrated and another 2000 had elaborately decorated borders. Borders, mainly significant as textual division markers, must have been meant to delight since they were so elaborate: simple coloured bands would have served if they were only meant to be functional. Even decoration was "significant and signifying." The most often illustrated works were medical and scientific works, followed by Latin works, histories, Books of Hours, English and French vernacular works including Chaucer, and so on. Lydgate's and Gower's works figure prominently among illustrated books both having been illustrated ("disconcertingly") more often than Chaucer. Typical features of illustration include heraldic arms, miniature portraits enclosed within decorated capitals, half-page and quarter-page miniatures in bar-frames, as well as full-page illustrations. Decoration included bar-frames, frame corners and frame mid-points emphasized with acanthus blooms, horn flowers, floral roundels, vine stubs, vine sprays and pen squiggles. The most elaborate decoration and illustration was saved for major textual divisions with simpler decoration in other parts of the text [abstract by John Morris].] [* Subject heading: manuscript decoration and illustration (illumination) *]

Scott-Fleming, Sonia. The Analysis of Pen Flourishing in Thirteenth-Century Manuscripts. Leiden: E. J. Brill, 1989. [* Subject heading: manuscript decoration and illustration (illumination) *]

Valentine, Lucia N. Ornament in Medieval Manuscripts: A Glossary. London: Faber and Faber, 1965. [* Subject heading: manuscript decoration and illustration (illumination); glossaries *]

Weitzmann, K. Ancient Book Illumination. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 1959. [* Subject heading: manuscript decoration and illustration (illumination) *]



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