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The History of the Illustrated Book: The Western Tradition.


John Harthan.

One of the most informative books about book illustration.

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John Harthan, The History of the Illustrated Book: The Western Tradition (New York, Thames & Hudson, 1981), First U.S. Edition, Quarto, 30.3 x 25 cm, 288 pages, with 465 illustrations, 33 in colour. Introduction; Chapter 1, Manuscripts to Sixteenth Century; Chapter 2, The Birth of Printing; Chapter 3, The Renaissance; Chapter 4, The Baroque; Chapter 5, The Rococco; Chapter 6, Romanticism and the Mass Market; Chapter 7, The Book Beautiful and After; Notes on techniques; Bibliographical note; Index. Hard cover, cloth on pale brown boards, spine titling gilt, Thames & Hudson gilt insignia on front board, dark brown endpapers, dust jacket. Weight 2 kg. Press clippings inserted in plain white sheets at rear of volume.

Fine. Book and dust jacket both fine, without marks.

John Harthan was formerly Keeper of the National Art Library at the Victoria and Albert Museum, London. His other books include An Introduction to Illuminated Manuscripts, Books of Hours and Their Owners and Bookbindings. He co-edited Animals in Art and Thought to the End of the Middle Ages and contributed an essay to Elizabeth Greenhill, Bookbinder: A Catalogue Raisonné.