Coming face to face with an important illuminated manuscript in the original is rather like meeting a very famous person. There is an undeniable thrill in actually meeting and talking to a person of world stature.
This book is an intimate conversation with a selection of the most famous manuscripts in existence, letting each of those manuscripts illuminate the Middle Ages and sometimes the modern world too.
Meetings with Remarkable Manuscripts invites the reader to accompany the author on exclusive private visits to a dozen very varied collections, in different parts of the world, to discover twelve great manuscripts and to explore their historical and intellectual significance.
About the Author
In the course of a long career at Sotheby's Christopher de Hamel has probably handled and catalogued more illuminated manuscripts and over a wider range than any person alive. Since 2000, he has been Fellow and Librarian of Corpus Christi College, Cambridge. The Parker Library, in his care, includes many of the earliest manuscripts in English language and history. He is a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries and the Royal Historical Society.
An extraordinary book, a work of scholarship and history salted with the author's excitement as he conducts us among the great libraries of Western civilization. It is full of delights
The intellectual expedition of a lifetime ... This is an endlessly fascinating and enjoyable book.
A book of marvels
John Banville, Financial Times
Entrancing ... De Hamel's learned adventures amid some of the West's greatest manuscript treasures effortlessly outclass Eco's The Name of the Rose in elegance and excitement. They are also much funnier.
Reading is my life, but only about once a decade do I find a book that seems to tilt the world, so afterwards it appears different.
Fiammetta Rocco, The Economist '1843'
De Hamel's book, scholarly but unfailingly readable, is the beginning of wisdom in all things scribal and scriptural
Ian Thomson, The Observer
Number Of Pages: 656
Published: 12th February 2018
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 19.6 x 13.0 x 3.1
Weight (kg): 0.47
Edition Number: 1