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The Art of Drawing Illuminated Manuscripts
16 Historic Books on CD

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Illuminated manuscripts were a high art form in the Medieval era when books were drawn and copied by hand. Each artisan put his personal touches on the volume via a technique known as illumination of the manuscript. That art form has been preserved through the centuries and is explained in great detail in the 16 volumes that make up this collection. From drawing techniques to examples of alphabets, this collection and its hundreds of illustrations will teach you all you need to know to learn the art of illumination and illuminated manuscript creation.

All the titles contained on this CD are listed below.

  1. Illumination and its development in the present day (1922) - Farnsworth, Sidney - 324 pages
  2. Guide to the art of illuminating and missal painting (1861) - Audsley, W. (William); Audsley, George Ashdown - 114 pages
  3. A handbook of the art of illumination as practised during the middle ages. With a description of the metals, pigments, and processes employed by the artists at different periods (1866) - Shaw, Henry - 66 pages
  4. The hand book of mediaeval alphabets and devices (1856) - Shaw, Henry - ~40 pages
  5. The history, theory, and practice of illuminating (1861) - Wyatt, M. Digby (Matthew Digby); Tymms, W. R. (William Robert) - 66 pages
  6. Illuminated manuscripts. ... With twenty-one illustrations (1920) - Bradley, John William - 353 pages
  7. Lessons in the art of illuminating. A series of examples selected from works in the British Museum, Lambeth Palace Library, and the South Kensington Museum (1880) - Loftie, W. J. (William John) - 64 pages
  8. A practical treatise on the art of illuminating : with examples, chromographed in fac-simile and in outline, of the styles prevailing at different periods, from the sixth century to the present time (1873) - Ward, Marcus - 81 pages
  9. Illuminated manuscripts: their origin, history and characteristics (1897) - Quaile, Edward; H. - 233 pages
  10. The art of illuminating as practised in Europe from the earliest times (1866) - Tymms, W. R. (William Robert); Wyatt, M. Digby (Matthew Digby) - 299 pages
  11. Illuminated manuscripts in classical and mediaeval times, their art and their technique (1892) - Middleton, J. H. (John Henry) - 303 pages
  12. Writing & illuminating & lettering (1906) - Johnston, Edward - 520 pages
  13. Fac-similes of the miniatures & ornaments of Anglo-Saxon & Irish manuscripts (1868) - Westwood, J. O. (John Obadiah); Tymms, W. R. (William Robert) - 398 pages
  14. English illuminated manuscripts (1895) - Thompson, Edward Maunde - 127 pages
  15. A primer of the art of illumination for the use of beginners : with a rudimentary treatise on the art, practical directions for its exercise, and examples taken from illuminated mss. (1874) - Delamotte, Freeman Gage - 131 pages
  16. Illuminated manuscripts (1911) - Herbert, J. A. (John Alexander) - 483 page

Here are some selected page images from various volumes in the collection:


This CD runs on all Windows and Macintosh computers. You must have a web browser and Adobe Acrobat Reader - (available for free download if you do not have it installed on your computer.) The book index is organized in an HTML menu that is compatible with all browsers and the books themselves are in PDF format to allow them to be universally accessed. Many books on this CD are searchable and printable.

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