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Works: 3,400 works in 6,522 publications in 3 languages and 81,266 library holdings
Genres: History  Exhibition catalogs  Illustrations  Catalogs  Maps  Sources  Bibliography  Biography  Bibliography‡vCatalogs  Bibliography‡vExhibition catalogs 
Roles: Other, Editor, Publisher, Compiler, Correspondent, Composer, Recipient
Classifications: ND3359.L5, 745.670942889
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The image of the world : 20 centuries of world maps by Peter Whitfield( Book )
17 editions published between 1994 and 2010 in English and held by 858 libraries worldwide
Examines the history of world mapmaking through 70 outstanding individual examples, discussing the maps and their makers in relation to their age and placing them within the context of the wider history of ideas
Medieval dress & fashion by Margaret Scott( Book )
5 editions published in 2007 in English and held by 786 libraries worldwide
"As dress historian Margaret Scott demonstrates in this book, manuscripts provide a window on to the changing fashions and dress of the medieval world, and she unravels the messages about rank, aspirations, beliefs and occupations encoded in the images. Her authoritative text is accompanied by illustrations showing the range of dress styles worn in the Middle Ages in England and much of Europe, and across the social classes from princes to paupers. One can clearly see the elaborate dress style of the monarchy and aristocracy, often richly patterned and adorned with jewels and fur, reflecting the status of the wearer or patron. But the author also explores the dress of other classes and occupations, which provides equally important information about everyday life and times in the Middle Ages, such as the patterns of work, the climate and the functional uses of clothing." "Medieval Dress and Fashion is a historical resource that will prove invaluable to art historians, costume designers and all those interested in this colourful period."--Jacket
Treasures of the British Library by Nicolas Barker( Book )
23 editions published between 1988 and 2005 in English and held by 696 libraries worldwide
The print in Germany, 1880-1933 : the age of expressionism : prints from the Department of Prints and Drawings in the British Museum by Frances Carey( Book )
15 editions published between 1984 and 1994 in English and held by 694 libraries worldwide
Renaissance painting in manuscripts : treasures from the British Library by British Library( Book )
11 editions published between 1983 and 1984 in English and held by 662 libraries worldwide
The illuminated page : ten centuries of manuscript painting in the British Library by Janet Backhouse( Book )
9 editions published between 1997 and 1998 in English and held by 654 libraries worldwide
Most of the subjects chosen are reproduced here in colour for the first time
The Tudor church music of the Lumley books by Judith Blezzard( score )
2 editions published in 1985 in English and held by 541 libraries worldwide
The British inheritance : a treasury of historic documents by E Hallam( Book )
2 editions published in 1999 in English and held by 532 libraries worldwide
Sing a song for sixpence : the English picture book tradition and Randolph Caldecott by Brian Alderson( Book )
7 editions published between 1986 and 1987 in English and held by 527 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
Selected chansons from British Library, ms. Additional 35087 by British Library( score )
2 editions published in 1985 in French and held by 525 libraries worldwide
Persian miniature painting and its influence on the art of Turkey and India : the British Library collections by Norah M Titley( Book )
5 editions published between 1983 and 1984 in English and held by 510 libraries worldwide
Sacred : books of the three faiths : Judaism, Christianity, Islam ( Book )
5 editions published in 2007 in English and held by 482 libraries worldwide
Sacred is the lush official catalog of the groundbreaking British Library exhibit bearing the same name, which presents many of the worldʹs most beautiful religious texts for the first time. Illustrations from rare and exquisite examples of Jewish, Christian, and Muslim sacred texts from the Libraryʹs collections, along with unique treasures on loan from other institutions, are showcased and accompanied by essays from three of todayʹs leading religious scholars that explore aspects of the three faiths, including their historical development and contemporary meaning. Stunning full-color illustrations of many previously unreproduced manuscripts from the shared history of the three major religions are paired and brought into compellingly modern context by perceptive writers on religion such as Karen Armstrong, Everett Fox, Frank Peters, and Kathleen Doyle. -- Description from http://www.torontopubliclibrary.ca (May 10, 2012)
Mary Shelley by Martin Garrett( Book )
2 editions published in 2002 in English and held by 458 libraries worldwide
A biography of the nineteenth-century English writer who at the age of nineteen wrote the classic horror novel "Frankenstein"
The counties of Britain : a Tudor atlas by John Speed( Map )
7 editions published between 1988 and 1995 in English and held by 446 libraries worldwide
The Lindisfarne Gospels by Janet Backhouse( Book )
10 editions published between 1981 and 1999 in English and held by 442 libraries worldwide
The Lindisfarne Gospels is one of Britain's greatest artistic treasures and the outstanding example of Anglo-Saxon book painting. Twenty-five of the most highly decorated pages from the Lindisfarne Gospels are featured on this CD-ROM, plus the jewelled binding, and all have zoom facilities and accompanying text. The user clicks and drags the mouse to turn the pages of the manuscript in real time
Mapping time and space : how medieval mapmakers viewed their world by Evelyn Edson( Book )
6 editions published between 1997 and 1999 in English and held by 423 libraries worldwide
The life of Christina of Markyate, a twelfth century recluse by C. H Talbot( Book )
3 editions published between 1959 and 1987 in English and held by 412 libraries worldwide
"The Life of Christina of Markyate, a twelfth-century English recluse and later abbess of Markyate, near St A1bans, is a remarkable example of late medieval hagiography. Originally written at the time of or soon after Christina's death in the twelfth century, the Life is unusual both in its relative lack of miracles, and in the unknown author's decision to write Christina's life factually rather than gathering together stock elements from previously written saint's lives, as was the custom." "First published in 1959, this edition contains the original Latin text with a facing-page English translation. It is accompanied by a comprehensive introduction that discusses the codicological problems of the text, and provides other contextual and background material."--BOOK JACKET
Reading Abbey cartularies : British Library manuscripts, Egerton 3031, Harley 1708, and Cotton Vespasian E XXV by Catholic Church. Reading Abbey (Berkshire)( Book )
in English and held by 391 libraries worldwide
English maps : a history by Catherine Delano-Smith( Book )
5 editions published in 1999 in English and held by 388 libraries worldwide
"This book is a single introductory volume on the history of English maps. The authors adopt the revisionist perspectives of the new history of cartography, and review a very broad range of maps from different temporal, intellectual and practical contexts, ranging in date from about 700 AD to the beginning of the twentieth century. Their principal objective is to explore the ways in which maps have interacted with society in England's past, to analyse the roles that maps have played and the uses to which they have been put. It is often a story of discontinuity rather than evolution, but the authors recognise many connections across the centuries, at the same time seeking to avoid too insular a view noting the influence of ongoing intellectual and cartographic developments in the rest of Europe."--BOOK JACKET
Marvellous to behold : miracles in medieval manuscripts by Deirdre Elizabeth Jackson( Book )
4 editions published in 2007 in English and held by 375 libraries worldwide
Deirdre Jackson offers an original and engaging look at medieval spirituality, whilst demonstrating that miracle tales are by no means the preserve of the pious. Marvellous to Behold explores the depiction of miracles in illuminated manuscripts from Jewish, Christian and Islamic traditions, relating both renowned and lesser known tales of divine intervention in the lives of believers. The book juxtaposes pictures of identical stories drawn from these three faiths, illustrating the 'shared history' of three of the world's major religions. The publication includes nearly 120 colour illustrations supported by Deirdre Jackson's scholarly commentary, unveiling little known aspects of medieval culture and beliefs. The medieval artists who illustrated manuscripts were inspired by everyday life, and their works have as much to tell us about the societies in which they lived as about the supernatural. - Publisher
 
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Britisches Museum British Library
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Daiei Toshokan
Eikoku Toshokan
Gran Bretanya. British Library
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London. British Library
London (England) British Library
Sifriyah ha-Briṭit
Storbritannien. British Library
The British Library.
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