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VG. Glossy black card wraps with red spine; color-illustrated covers with red and white lettering; 253 pp. with several color plates and 104 numbered bw works and several bw figures. Catalogue divided into French, English, Netherlandish, Spanish, German, and Italian manuscripts, with indeces of artists and scribes, iconography, types of manuscripts, provenance, and manuscripts cited; most works are well-described, and there is a thorough essay about the genesis of the collection; with beautiful color plates; from the exhibition held December 1992-April 1993.
A presentation copy, warmly inscribed by Bernard H. Breslauer on the title-page to Dick Lyon (the bookseller H.D. Lyon) and with a Christmas card laid in. Fine. Laminated illustrated wrappers, folio, 253 pp, plates, ills (many in colour). Bernard H. Breslauer's collection of 104 manuscript illuminations, including leaves and cuttings from original manuscripts, which was published for the exhibition of his collection at The Pierpont Morgan Library from December 1992-April 1993. Contents: Preface by Charles E. Pierce, Jr.; The Genesis of a Collection by Bernard H. Breslauer; Introduction; CATALOGUE: French, catalogue numbers 1-15; English, catalogue numbers 16-18; Netherlandish, catalogue numbers 19-28; Spanish, catalogue numbers 29-30; German, Swiss, and Bohemian, catalogue numbers 31-54; Italian, catalogue numbers 55-104; INDICES: Artists and Scribes; Iconography; Types of Manuscripts; Provenance; Manuscripts Cited. From the preface: "Little could Mr. Breslauer himself have realized in 1967, when he purchased his first leaf, that a quarter century later his collection would rank as one of the most important private collect tions of single leaves, certainly the most important in the United States...As the Introduction to this catalogue makes clear, single leaves were frequently collected because they have the direct appeal of small paintings. Their original function as parts of larger totalities, relationship to the texts they originally accompanied, and connection to the Church's liturgy were rarely acknowledged by collectors in the past. In this catalogue, however, William M. Voelkle and Roger S. Wieck have not only given a descriptive account of each leaf but also have identified, where possible, the kind of book from which each came, its precise textual and liturgical context. We hope that their many new discoveries will aid the public and scholars alike in heightening the appreciation of illuminated manuscripts, which contain the largest and best preserved body of medieval paintings." The artists represented include: Angelico, Fra Bartolomeo di Fruosino Bening, Alexander Bening, Simon Bicci di Lorenzo Birago, Giovanni Pietro Bourdichon, Jean Cortese, Cristoforo Dai Libri, Girolamo Duccio, follower of Francesco d'Antonio del Chierico Grigiotti, Francesco Jacobellus of Salerno Lorenzo Monaco Marino da Perugia Martino di Bartolomeo Master, Hippolyta Master of Morgan Master of the Choir Books of San Lorenzo Master of the Dominican Effigies Master of the Older Prayer Book of Maximilian I Master of the Vitae Imperatorum Master of Trinity College Masters miscellaneous (Bolognese "First Style"; Ghent/Bruges "Second Group" (Tweede Groep); Milemete group) Niccolo da Bologna Pellegrino di Mariano Picart, Bernard Raymond, Vincent Ricciardo di Nanni Russi, Franco dei Simone Camaldolese Spanish Forger Ulft, Jacob van der Valkenburg, Johannes von Wagner, Conrad Zmilely de Pisek, Joannes.
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