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THE MAKING AS MEANING OF THE LIBER FLORIDUS: A STUDY OF THE ORIGINAL MANUSCRIPT -- GHENT, UNIVERSITY LIBRARY MS 92. Albert Derolez. Harvey Miller Publishers, Brepols Publishers, Turnhout, 2015. Studies in Medieval and Early Renaissance Art History, 76. 360 pp. with 201 ills. (169 col.). 31 x 25 cm. ISBN 9781909400221 In English.
Although advertised by the publisher as number 76 in the series Studies in Medieval and Early Renaissance Art History, no series title is imprinted. Publisher's description: The Liber Floridus (1121), composed, written and illustrated by Canon Lambert of Saint-Omer, is the earliest illustrated encyclopedic compilation of the Latin West. Its autograph (Ghent, University Library, MS 92), a masterpiece of Romanesque book art and one of the most complicated manuscripts ever made, has been studied by the author for almost half a century. The present book is the culmination of this research and provides a detailed codicological and textual analysis, showing how this wonderful book was put together and which are the hidden ideas Lambert sought to develop in its hundreds of texts and pictures dealing with astronomy, geography, natural history, history, religion and countless other subjects. The book is illustrated with some 100 colour reproductions and numerous diagrams of quire structures. Three tables help the reader to understand the author's argument, and full indices give access to the text and provide the basis for further investigation of individual chapters and pictures.
Indexing: Western, Europe — France — 300 A.D.-1400 — Manuscripts and Book Design
Plans: 73,54
Worldwide Number: 166011
Hardcover $163.00    

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