Exhibition of Illuminated Manuscripts (Classic Reprint)

Exhibition of Illuminated Manuscripts (Classic Reprint)

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Nevertheless the skill of hand and power of design which are seen t such advantage in the English books of the ninth to the twelfth centur which comprise the majority in Case A, Show no falling off in Case which contains an incomparable series of Psalters, mainly of the thirteent century, from Canterbury, York, St. Albans, Peterborough, Salisbury, an other great monastic centres. To continue the survey of the Englis manuscripts in this exhibition, Case C contains the earliest known Saru Book of Hours (58) side by side with a fine Psalter (59) partly decorated b the same illuminator, W. De Brailes. In Case D are two more kindre books, an East Anglian Psalter (64) and a Missal of great splendour (63 partly decorated by the same unknown hand. In Case E are the Gorlesto and St. Omer Psalters (67 two justly celebrated examples of the Eas Anglian school of the beginning of the fourteenth century, as well as book of absorbing interest to the student of art, of heraldry, and c mediaeval lore written and illuminated in I 327 for Edward 111. I Case F we have again two Psalters richly illuminated by the same anonymou artist, the one (72) for the use of John of Gaunt, the other (73) for that c his kinsman Humphrey, Earl of Hereford, the last male representative c the great house of Bohun. In Case G are notable series of Englis Bestiaries and Apocalypses. In Cases H and I are some fine Bible including a volume of the famous Winchester Bible of the twelfth centur The English books end in Case L, and include the Psalter of Eleano de Bohun, Duchess of Gloucester, elder daughter of the above-name Humphrey; the Psalter of Henry Beauchamp, Duke of Warwick, side b side with a smaller book of the same style, which probably belonged t his wife, and afterwards to Elizabeth, Queen of Henry VII; and finally remarkably beautiful volume written and illustrated by Thomas Chaundle Chancellor of the University of Oxford.

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