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As-Vijvers, Anne Margreet W. Re-making the Margin: The Master of the David Scenes and Flemish Manuscript Painting around 1500. Trans. Diana Webb. Ars nova 11. Turnhout: Brepols, 2013. [* Subject heading: Manuscript production: decoration and illustration; Flemish manuscript illumination; Books of Hours; decoration; marginalia *]

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 *]

Brown, Cynthia Jane. The Queen's Library: Image-Making at the Court of Anne of Brittany, 1477-1514. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2011. [* Subject Heading: Manuscript production: decoration and illustration; manuscript art; Anne of Brittany; history of libraries; women and literature; political aspects; books and reading *]

Carlvant, Kerstin. Manuscript Painting in Thirteenth-Century Flanders: Bruges, Ghent and the Circle of the Counts. London: Harvey Miller, 2012. [* Subject heading: Manuscript production: decoration and illustration; Flemish, thirteenth-century *]

Coleman, Joyce, Marc Cruse, and Kathryn A. Smith, eds. The Social Life of Illumination: Manuscripts, Images, Communities in the Late Middle Ages. Medieval Texts and Cultures of Northern Europe 21. Turnhout: Brepols, 2013. [* Subject heading: Manuscript production: decoration and illustration; manuscript culture; medieval audience; social context *]

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 *]

Goehring, M. Space, Place and Ornament: The Function of Landscape in Medieval Manuscript Illumination. Turnout: Brepols, 2013. [Publisher's description: "This book proposes a new methodological framework for the study of medieval landscape imagery by analyzing the functions of landscape within Northern European manuscript illumination. This study explores landscape imagery within a broad range of specific manuscript contexts, taking into account the ideological and the economic milieus in which they were produced. Organized into four sections, this study looks at how landscape functions as rhetorical device, ornament, didactic tool (Space) and political tool (Place). The first section explores the rhetorical function of landscape as encomium and amplificatio. The second section looks at the role that landscape imagery had in the hierarchy of book decoration, and how it responded to late medieval mnemonic systems and devotional practices. It also addresses the emergence of landscape as a form of ornamental elaboration, sometimes as a means to appeal to specific aesthetic criteria, or as a way to create extra-textual associations to augment the message of the text. The third section is concerned with landscape within encyclopedic and allegorical manuscripts, analyzing how artists constructed space to frame knowledge. Finally, the visualization of the political and economic landscape of late medieval Europe is explored, particularly focusing on how landscape was structured around issues of status, power and identity not only in works created for the landed nobility but within manuscripts made for urban patrons as well. Concentrating on manuscripts from Paris, Northern France and Flanders from the late thirteenth to the early sixteenth centuries, this book offers new insights as it contextualizes the emergence of landscape painting in the late Middle Ages."] [* Subject heading: Manuscript production: decoration and illustration; landscape imagery; medieval northern Europe *]

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) *]

Helmbold, Anita. "Chaucer Appropriated: The Troilus Frontispiece as Lancastrian Propaganda." Studies in the Age of Chaucer 30 (2008): 205-234. [Cambridge, Corpus Christi College, MS 61.] [* Subject heading: manuscript decoration and illustration (illumination); Geoffrey Chaucer (Troilus and Criseyde) *]

Helmbold, Anita. Understanding the Manuscript Frontispiece to Corpus Christi College Cambridge MS 61: The Political Language of a Lancastrian Portrait. Fwd. Stephen R. Reimer. Lewiston, NY: Edwin Mellen Press, 2010. [Cambridge, Corpus Christi College, MS 61.] [* Subject heading: manuscript decoration and illustration (illumination); Geoffrey Chaucer (Troilus and Criseyde) *]

Hindman, Sandra, and James Henry Marrow, eds. Books of Hours Reconsidered. Studies in Medieval and Early Renaissance Art History 72. Turnhout: Harvey Miller / Brepols, 2013. [Publisher's description: "This collection of essays provides essential studies on the production, use, and evolution of the Books of Hours."] [Contents: Sandra Hindman, "The Prehistory of Books of Hours and the Growth of their Modern-Day Appreciation"; Adelaide Bennett, "Some Perspectives on the Origins of Books of Hours in France in the Thirteenth-Century"; Christopher de Hamel, "Books of Hours and the Art Market from the Seventeenth Century to the Present Day"; Roger S. Wieck, "The Hours of Catherine of Cleves: The Manuscript that Changed the World"; Nigel Morgan, "English Books of Hours c.1240-c.1480"; Jeffrey Hamburger, "Another Perspective: The Book of Hours in Germany"; Francesca Manzari, "Italian Books of Hours and Prayer Books in the Fourteenth Century"; Gregory T. Clark, "Beyond Saints: Variant Litany Readings and the Localization of Late Medieval Manuscript Books of Hours, the Case of the d'Orges Hours"; Anne Korteweg, "Books of Hours from the Northern Netherlands Reconsidered: The Uses of Utrecht and Windesheim and Geert Grote's Role as a Translator"; Marc Gil, "Picardie-Hainaut: Quelques remarques sur les livres d'heures produits par le Maitre de Rambures et Simon Marmion"; Anne Margreet W. As-Vijvers, "Manuscript Production in a Carmelite Convent: The case of Cornelia von Wulfskercke"; Marie-Françoise Damongeot, "La circulation des modèles iconographiques: l'exemple d'un livre d'Heures parisien (BnF MS N.a.l.3115)"; Mara Hofmann, "Matteo de Milano; Between Ferrara and Rome--The Hours of Dionora of Urbino (London, British Library, Yates Thompson 7)"; Saskia von Bergen, "The Use of Stamps in Bruges Book Production"; Eberhard König, "Twins in Attribution: A New Fashion or a Means to Better Understanding? The Case of the Grandes Heures de Rohan"; James Marrow, "Superimposed Cycles of Marginal Illustration in Late Medieval Horae: Function and History"; Klara H. Broekhuijsen, "Decoration Programmes in Books of Hours by the Masters of the Dark Eyes"; Bronwyn Stocks, "Devotional Emphasis and Distinctive Variations in the Illustration of the Hours of the Virgin in Italian Books of Hours"; Todor Petev, "A Group of Hybrid Manuscripts Illustrated with Woodcuts from Antwerp"; Thierry Claerr, "L'édition d'Heures du 21 avril 1505, une oeuvre charnière dans la production de Thielman Kerver?"; Ariane Bergeron-Foote, "De la fortune de quatre bois gravés: de Paris 1519 à Rouen c. 1593"; Elizabeth A.R. Brown, "The Devotional Books of Claude Gouffier: The Morgan Hours (New York, Morgan Library and Museum, M.538)"; Mary Rouse and Richard Rouse, "Post-Mortem Inventories as a Source for the Production of Manuscripts and Printed Books of Hours."] [* Subject Heading: Manuscript production: decoration and illustration; manuscript art; Europe; history of Books of Hours *]

Kennedy, Kathleen E. The Courtly and Commercial Art of the Wycliffite Bible. Medieval Church Studies 35. Turnhout: Brepols, 2014. [Publisher's description: "Nearly half the existing copies of the Wycliffite Bible are illuminated. This book offers the first sustained, critical examination of the decoration of Wycliffite Bibles. This study has found that many copies were decorated by the most prominent border and initial artists of their eras. Many more were modeled on these styles. Such highly regarded artists had little to gain from producing volumes that might lead them to trial as heretics and ultimately to the stake. This unprecedented study contributes to recent revisionist criticism and troubles long-standing assumptions about Wycliffism and the Wycliffite Bible. It contends that the manuscript record simply does not support a stark interpretation of the Wycliffite Bible as a marginalized text. Rather, this study reveals a prolific and vibrant textual exchange within the book culture of late medieval England."] [* Subject Heading: Manuscript production: decoration and illustration; Wycliffe Bible; 16th century England; illuminated manuscripts *]

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) *]

Lloyd-Morgan, Ceridwen. Welsh Manuscripts and English Manuscripts in Wales. An Index of Images in English and Welsh Manuscripts from the Time of Chaucer to Henry VIII, c. 1380-c. 1509. Turnhout: Harvey Miller / Brepols, 2011. [Publisher's description: "This is the sixth volume in a continuing series of publications listing and identifying all illustrations contained in English manuscripts from the time of Chaucer to Henry VIII. This was an important period in the history of book production in Britain, and the range of subject-matter illustrated is of significance to historians of art, religion, literature, costume, natural science, and social custom. The present volume extends the survey to Wales and catalogues not only English manuscripts in Welsh collections but also Welsh manuscripts, including those held outside Wales. The catalogue contains entries for 128 manuscripts and notes the subject-matter of every illustration in each manuscript, from full-page miniatures and historiated initials to marginalia, added drawings and nota bene signs. A comprehensive index of pictorial subjects provides readers with complete references to the visual material with thematic groupings making the following categories easily accessible: animals, architecture, birds, Christ, containers, costume, furniture, kings, musical instruments, occupations/professions, plants, saints, tools, Virgin Mary, weapons, and women. The volume also includes a user's guide, an extensive glossary of subjects and terms, including Welsh terms, and indexes of authors/texts and of manuscripts with coats of arms."] [* Subject Heading: Manuscript production: decoration and illustration; manuscripts (catalogues: thematic [British illumination]; Welsh manuscripts; English manuscripts; late medieval and early modern; Renaissance; paintings *]

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) *]

Pyun, Kyunghee, and Anna D. Russakoff, eds. Jean Pucelle: Innovation and Collaboration in Manuscript Painting. London: Harvey Miller, 2013. [*Subject Heading: Manuscript production: decoration and illustration; French; patronage; Pucellian influence *]

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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