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1986: Division I
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Renaissance Painting in Manuscripts: Treasures from the British Library.

Edited by Thomas Kren; catalog and essays by Janet Backhouse, Mark Evans, Thomas Kren, and Myra Orth, with an introduction by D.H. Turner.

New York: Hudson Hills Press, Distributed in the U.S. by Viking Penguin, c1983.

210 p., illustrated (some color).


This exhibition and the catalog that records it fall in the category colloquially known as "blockbuster" — and rightly so. Expertly written essays concerning the extraordinary holdings of the British Library are accompanied by a useful index and bibliography. Thanks to the lavish illustrations, the catalog can be enjoyed on purely visual terms, as well, making this a combination coffee-table book and contribution to scholarship all in one volume.

Designed by Betty Binns Graphics, composition by A & S Graphics, Inc.; manufactured by Toppan Printing Co., Japan. Catalog produced in conjunction with a traveling exhibition held October 6, 1983 — September 30, 1984, at the J. Paul Getty Museum, The Pierpont Morgan Library, and The British Library. Copublished by the J. Paul Getty Museum in association with the British Library. Division One Winner, 1986. Exhibited courtesy of the Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center, The University of Texas at Austin. (ES)

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