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The Decorated Letter, Manuscript Painting at the Court of France: The Fourteenth Century (1310–1380), and The Icon

HIGH HONORS GO TO an ongoing series of picture books dealing with medieval manuscript painting that Braziller has been publishing since last year. The project involves, in each case, the selection of some 48 full-page color plates, each with identification and commentary on the facing page, and a substantial introduction by some recognized scholar in the field, with the introduction itself fitted out with many black-and-white comparative illustrations. Each volume comes in both cloth and paper formats, the paperbacks costing in the neighborhood of $10 to $12.

It happens that I have not seen Carolingian Painting or Persian Painting, but if Carl Nordenfalk’s Celtic and Anglo-Saxon Painting, Kurt Weitzmann’s Late Antique and Early Christian Book Illustration and John WilliamsEarly Spanish Manuscript Illumination, all of which came out in 1977, are any indication, the series was remarkable

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