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Illuminated Illustrations of the Bible. Copied from select Mss of the Middle Ages
William Smith London: William Smith, 1846 First edition. Contemporary quarter burgundy morocco over marbled boards,ornate gilt-panelled spine, all edges gilt, marbled endpapers. . Large octavo. [10] pp. introductory material, and thirty-nine fine chromolithographic plates, heightened in gold, each with a leaf of descriptive text. Chromolithographic title-page, plus printed title in black and red. Slight foxing to some page edges, otherwise a fine, clean copy. Chromolithography quickly established itself as a medium suitable for the reproduction of medieval manuscripts in antiquarian publications of the sort popular in the nineteenth centuryâ?¦The opaque, flat tones of the style of chromolithography which prevailed were ideal for the uniformly bright, clearly-defined areas of color typical of early manuscripts. The modulated tones which Boys had struggled to achieve were not necessary for this sort of publication" (Friedman, Color Printing in England 1486-1870, 138).
      [Bookseller: Michael R. Thompson, Booksellers, ABAA/I]
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