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Details about  1954, Holkham BIBLE Picture Book, medieval england, nice BINDING, dropmore press

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1954, Holkham BIBLE Picture Book, medieval england, nice BINDING, dropmore press
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Subject: Art Printing Year: 1950-Now
Format: Fine Binding Language: English
Sub-Subject: Christianity

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The Holkham Bible Picture Book
W.O. Hassall




 DETAILS: (London): Dropmore Press, 1954. Second edition. Half red niger morocco with leather fore-edges and blind-stamped parchment sides. 191pp. Illustrated with 84 full-page facsimile plates, 8 in colour. Folio (large coffee table sized book - 10.25in x 14.25in). *This is a heavy item weighing over 3kg with packaging!

CONDITION: Very Good (see table below for details). Some dirt, fading and minor edgewear to boards. A little fading to spine. Parchment on rear board coming away from board along one edge, though still firmly held on at the top and bottom. Ex-library (private institutional, not public), with 2 small ink stamps to front endpaper (no other library markings). Inscription to front endpaper. Hint of crimpling to bottom edge of front pages. Very light dirt spots to a couple of plate borders, otherwise internally in nice condition. *Photo(s) given of actual book.

CONTENTS: A complete facsimile of the 14th century Holkham Bible Picture Book, formerly the property of the Earls of Leicester, and now in the British Library. The work consists of 42 double-sided leaves, all bar two having illustrations, accompanied by French text. The original manuscript was the story of Paradise Lost and Paradise Regained, rather than an illustrated Bible, but it it of more interest for its illustrations of English medieval life.

 This facsimile plates (8 in colour) are supplemented by detailed notes on the manuscript, its history, text, drawings, iconography, and uses in medieval study, and there are detailed notes on every plate and a glossary of the more obscure French text in the plates (all the modern text is in English). An uncommon and sumptuously bound work, "printed on Arnold and Foster hand-made vellum, and bound in half red niger morocco with leather fore-edge and parchment sides."



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