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A History of Book Illustration: The Illuminated Manuscript and the Printed Book


David Bland.

“The first history of book illustration in all countries and in all media”

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David Bland, A History of Book Illustration: The Illuminated Manuscript and the Printed Book  (Berkeley & Los Angeles: University of California Press, 1969), Second Revised Edition, second printing 1974. With 404 monochrome illustrations, tipped-in-colour Frontispiece and 22 tipped-in-colour Plates, octavo, 28.3 x 19 cm, 459 pages, bound in red cloth with black and gilt titling on spine, illustrated dust jacket. Contents; List of Illustrations; Introduction; 1. The Beginnings in Roll and Codex; 2.Medieval Illumination in the West; 3. Oriental Illumination and Illustration; 4. From the Introduction of Printing until about 1520; 5. From about 1520 to the end of the Seventeenth Century; 6. The Eighteenth Century; 7. The Nineteenth Century; 8. The Twentieth Century; Bibliography; Index. Berkelouw Bookdealers small label at bottom of inside front cover. Weight 2 kg.

Near Fine.  Book fine except for black line at top edge, clear and bright text with no blemishes; dust jacket very good+, with some edge wear at top and bottom of jacket spine.

The English poet John Betjeman was quoted in the London Daily Telegraph saying that David Bland’s admirable sense of proportion and sound judgments gave this very comprehensive book more than specialist interest. As well as relating commentary on illustration to social and artistic life of the times he described, Bland recognised book illustration as an art in its own right and dealt with significant aspects of the mechanics and techniques of book production. Critics regarded Bland’s book as essential in its field.

This second edition substantially updated and revised the first edition of 1958, with many changes to the sections on Russia and Czechoslovakia, and new sections on Armenian and Ethiopian miniatures. The second edition also added four new colour Plates and 13 monochrome illustrations.