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British Library

Works: 3,020 works in 5,229 publications in 5 languages and 58,020 library holdings
Genres: Illustrations  Exhibition catalogs  History  Catalogs  Sources  Bibliography‡vCatalogs  Biography  Bibliography  Bibliography‡vExhibition catalogs  Manuscripts 
Roles: Other, Editor, Publisher, Compiler, Correspondent, Composer, Recipient
Classifications: ND3359.L5, 745.670942889
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Renaissance painting in manuscripts : treasures from the British Library by British Library( Book )

12 editions published between 1983 and 1984 in English and Undetermined and held by 676 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The illuminated page : ten centuries of manuscript painting in the British Library by Janet Backhouse( Book )

12 editions published between 1997 and 2004 in English and held by 671 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The British Library boasts the world's finest collection of medieval manuscripts, due largely to the interest and enterprise of individual bibliophiles and connoisseurs over several centuries whose libraries have made their way, by a variety of routes, into the national collection. The manuscripts featured in this book range in date from the 7th to the 17th century, embrace both devotional and secular material, and span a geographical area bounded by the Crusader Kingdom of Jerusalem in the east and the Anglo-Saxon Kingdom of Northumbria in the north-west. Some of them, such as the Luttrell Psalter or the Bedford Hours, are already well-known but the majority remain unfamiliar to the general public. Most of the subjects chosen are reproduced here in colour for the first time
Sing a song for sixpence : the English picture book tradition and Randolph Caldecott by Brian Alderson( Book )

9 editions published between 1986 and 1987 in English and held by 529 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

To commemorate the centenary of the death of the artist and illustrator Randolph Caldecott, Brian Alderson, noted historian of children's literature and children's book editor of The Times, has prepared for the British Library an exhibition designed to pay tribute to Caldecott's skills as a creator of picture books, which will run from October 1986. This book, incorporating a catalogue of the exhibition, with its many illustrations in colour and black and white, both demonstrates Caldecott's genius and provides a brief critical history of an important area of children's book publishing. Comedy, storytelling and graphic exuberance are all part of the great tradition of book illustration that runs from Hogarth and Rowlandson down to the present day, and Caldecott's special genius was to have embodied these qualities in the subjects he chose. Together with an appraisal of those who influenced Caldecott and the effect he had on later generations of illustrators, Brian Alderson explains the relationship between pictures and text, techniques (wood-cuts, wood-engraving, intaglio printing), the effect of industrialisation on the picture book and the subsequent development of book illustration
Persian miniature painting and its influence on the art of Turkey and India : the British Library collections by Norah M Titley( Book )

6 editions published between 1983 and 1984 in English and held by 511 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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4 editions published in 2014 in English and held by 508 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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The Lindisfarne Gospels by Janet Backhouse( Book )

15 editions published between 1981 and 2000 in English and German and held by 498 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Allows viewers to examine the decorated pages and binding of the British Library's Lindisfarne gospels. Uses "Turning the pages" software which lets the user turn the pages and zoom to see features in detail. Includes audio commentary. The accompanying text which gives the history of the Lindisfarne gospels can either be viewed or printed out
Royal manuscripts : the genius of illumination by Scot McKendrick( Book )

6 editions published in 2011 in English and held by 369 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Illuminated manuscripts collected by the kings and queens of England from the 9th to the 16th century form the heart of a unique and visually stunning collection held by the British Library. A key figure in the formation of the collection is King Edward IV (1461-1483), who commissioned luxury manuscripts decorated with his arms. Subsequent monarchs added to this library, which was given to the nation by George II in 1757. Over 150 examples from this exceptional collection are presented in this catalogue. These manuscripts contain paintings produced by some of the finest artists of the Middle Ages and together provide the most vivid surviving source for understanding royal identity, moral and religious beliefs, learning, faith and international politics
Fragments of an unknown gospel and other early Christian papyri by H. Idris Bell( Book )

4 editions published between 1935 and 1981 in English and held by 361 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Greek texts, accompanied by commentaries; the first and last have also translations
Medieval rural life in the Luttrell Psalter by Janet Backhouse( Book )

6 editions published in 2000 in English and held by 360 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The Luttrell Psalter, written and illuminated in England early in the fourteenth century for Sir Geoffrrey Luttrell of Irnham in Lincolnshire, is one of the most famous manuscripts in the world on account of the numerous scenes of everyday life in the medieval English countryside that mingle with the religious images on its pages." "Written by internationally respected expert Janet Backhouse, Medieval Rural Life in the Luttrell Psalter focuses on the experience of work and domestic life on the Luttrell Manors as depicted in the wealth of attractive marginal illustrations contained in the manuscript. A fascinating account of rural life in the Middle Ages."--Jacket
Preservation management of digital materials : a handbook by Maggie Jones( Book )

9 editions published between 2001 and 2003 in English and held by 357 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

British union-catalogue of periodicals; new periodical titles( )

in English and held by 353 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The British union-catalogue of periodicals (BUCOP) in its new form is concerned with the recording of new periodical titles for the period in and after 1960."
Books of hours by Janet Backhouse( Book )

6 editions published between 1985 and 1988 in English and held by 351 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Court and household of Eleanor of Castile in 1290 : an edition of British Library, additional manuscript 35294 with introduction and notes by John Carmi Parsons( Book )

8 editions published between 1977 and 2009 in English and Latin and held by 339 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The kings & queens of England by W. M Ormrod( Book )

4 editions published between 2001 and 2004 in English and held by 331 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The lives of kings and queens include some of the most colourful and dramatic episodes in the history of England and Great Britain. William the Conqueror's great survey, Domesday Book, caused his new subjects to rail and quake at the king's new knowledge of the extent of their lands, livestock and livelihoods. King John's rapacious attitude towards his subjects made him, within a generation of his death, into the mythical monster of Hollywood legend - though his association with the fictional Robin Hood came only later. Henry VIII eagerly accepted the title of 'defender of the faith' from the pope, then promptly dismantled papal authority in England and created his own state church." "This book offers an historical context in which to appreciate the political and moral significance of both the famous and the more obscure incidents in the public and private lives of Britain's monarchs. Why, in an age that placed such store by the provision of heirs, were Edward the Confessor, Richard II and Elizabeth I all reputed to have taken vows of chastity? What curious conventions allowed Edward I to exhibit Scottish noblewomen in wooden cages as war trophies? Which genetic defects might account for the fact that both Henry VI and George III went mad? In this fabulously illustrated new history, a group of distinguished historians, each a specialist in their field, offers the answers to these and other questions through a wealth of information and insights into the lives and reigns of English and British sovereigns from the 5th century AD to the present day."--Jacket
The Canterbury benedictional (British Museum, Harl. ms. 2892) by Catholic Church( )

2 editions published between 1917 and 1995 in Latin and held by 323 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The medieval flower book by Celia Fisher( Book )

6 editions published between 2007 and 2013 in English and held by 312 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In this delightful book, the author explores the "floral outburst" that occurred in medieval manuscripts of the 14th and 15th centuries
The Bedford Hours : the making of a medieval masterpiece by Eberhard König( Book )

3 editions published in 2007 in English and held by 307 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The artist behind the Bedford Hours, known as the Bedford Master, was among the most prolific painters of his day but his identity remains a mystery. This account is a tale which unfolds towards a number of conclusions, the key one being that it is likely that he was Haincelin of Haguenau
The Bible in the Armenian tradition by Vrej Nersessian( Book )

5 editions published in 2001 in English and held by 290 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Isabella Breviary by Janet Backhouse( Book )

3 editions published in 1993 in English and held by 282 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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Alternative Names

controlled identityBritish Museum


B.L. (British Library)

Biblioteka Brytyjska.


British Museum Library

Britu bibliotēka

Da Ying tu shu guan

Gran Bretanya. British Library.

Great Britain. British Library

Lielbritānija. British Library

London. British Library

Sifriyah ha-Briṭit

Storbritannien. British Library

The British Library.

Ying-kuo tʻu shu kuan


English (220)

Latin (7)

Italian (3)

German (1)

Japanese (1)

Resource description & access : RDAThe Lindisfarne GospelsMedieval rural life in the Luttrell PsalterPreservation management of digital materials : a handbookBooks of hoursQueen Elizabeth's wardrobe unlock'd : the inventories of the Wardrobe of Robes prepared in July 1600, edited from Stowe MS 557 in the British Library, MS LR 2/121 in the Public Record Office, London, and MS V.b.72 in the Folger Shakespeare Library, Washington DCThe kings & queens of EnglandThe medieval flower book