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De Hamel, Christopher 1950-

Works: 205 works in 703 publications in 7 languages and 11,804 library holdings
Genres: History  Illustrated works  Biography  Catalogs  Sources  Pictorial works  Exhibition catalogs  Manuscripts  Bibliographies  Bibliography 
Roles: Author, win, Editor, Honoree, Narrator, Translator, Author of introduction, Other, Interviewee, Contributor, Curator, Transcriber, wac, Expert, wpr, Creator, Speaker
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Most widely held works by Christopher De Hamel
A history of illuminated manuscripts by Christopher De Hamel( Book )

90 editions published between 1985 and 2014 in 3 languages and held by 1,991 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Medieval manuscripts are counted among the greatest glories of Western civilization. With their gold and painted decoration and their charming miniatures, they have always had immense appeal, and images from them can be seen everywhere - from greeting cards and wrapping paper to expensive facsimiles. This entertaining and authoritative book is the first to provide a general introduction to the whole subject of the making of books from the Dark Ages to the invention of printing and beyond. Christopher de Hamel vividly describes the widely different circumstances in which manuscripts were created, from the earliest monastic Gospel Books to university textbooks, secular romances, Books of Hours and classical texts for humanist bibliophiles. As the story unfolds the wonderful variety of manuscripts and their illumination is revealed, and many fundamental questions are answered - who wrote the books, what texts they contained, who read them, how they were made and what purposes they served. Illuminated manuscripts have alway been highly valued, and among them are some of the world's great masterpieces of art. With its lively narrative and many new and superb illustrations, this new edition of a much-praised book provides the perfect introduction to a large and fascinating subject
The Book : a history of the Bible by Christopher De Hamel( Book )

32 editions published between 2001 and 2006 in 4 languages and held by 1,470 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A narrative account of the Bible as a book and as an artefact, from the earliest fragments found in the Egyptian desert to the great number of modern editions and translations
The Smithsonian book of books by Michael Olmert( Book )

4 editions published in 1992 in English and held by 1,438 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

From earliest attempts at writing to the newest electronic computer-books; from sumptuous illuminated and bejeweled medieval manuscripts to Gutenberg and the invention of movable type; from the diverse arts and crafts of bookmaking to the building of magnificent libraries for housing treasured volumes; from the ancient epic of Gilgamesh to the plays of Shakespeare and the tales of Beatrix Potter, the author highlights the evolution of the commercial value of books and of the passion for book collecting
Meetings with remarkable manuscripts : twelve journeys into the medieval world by Christopher De Hamel( Book )

20 editions published between 2016 and 2018 in English and held by 1,111 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Meetings with Remarkable Manuscripts is a captivating examination of twelve illuminated manuscripts from the medieval period. Noted authority Christopher de Hamel invites the reader into intimate conversations with these texts to explore what they tell us about nearly a thousand years of medieval history--and about the modern world, too. In so doing, de Hamel introduces us to kings, queens, saints, scribes, artists, librarians, thieves, dealers, and collectors. He traces the elaborate journeys that these exceptionally precious artifacts have made through time and shows us how they have been copied, how they have been embroiled in politics, how they have been regarded as objects of supreme beauty and as symbols of national identity, and who has owned them or lusted after them (and how we can tell). From the earliest book in medieval England to the incomparable Book of Kells to the oldest manuscript of the Canterbury Tales, these encounters tell a narrative of intellectual culture and art over the course of a millennium. Two of the manuscripts visited are now in libraries of North America, the Morgan Library in New York and the Getty Museum in Los Angeles. Part travel book, part detective story, part conversation with the reader, Meetings with Remarkable Manuscripts allows us to experience some of the greatest works of art in our culture to give us a different perspective on history and on how we come by knowledge"--
Scribes and illuminators by Christopher De Hamel( Book )

54 editions published between 1992 and 2018 in 3 languages and held by 1,093 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"This survey describes each stage of production from the preparation of the vellum, pens, paints and inks to the writing of the scripts and the final decoration and illumination of the book. The author then examines the role of the stationer or bookshop in co-ordinating book production, describes the supply of exemplars and accuracy of texts, and then follows the careers of a number of specific scribes and illuminators who emerge not as anonymous monks but as identifiable professional lay artisans. He also looks at who bought the completed books and why, and how much they paid for them. Scribes and illuminators ends with a glimpse of how the manuscripts were stored, and how the patrons regarded the craftsmanship for which they had paid. The timespan ranges from the eleventh century through the golden age of the thirteenth and fourteenth centuries to the luxurious manuscripts in existence at the discovery of printing."--Page 4 of cover
The British Library guide to manuscript illumination : history and techniques by Christopher De Hamel( Book )

18 editions published between 2000 and 2001 in English and held by 501 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The British Library Guide to Manuscript Illumination: History and Techniques is one of a series of accessible and lively introductions to the history of books and how they are made." "Medieval manuscript expert Christopher de Hamel selects and discusses a range of illuminated manuscripts from The British Library's unparalleled collection, some of them unfinished and so revealing the processes involved in an illuminator's work. He also explores the role of illuminators in the medieval book trade - how books were commissioned, the patron's expectations, how illuminators worked with scribes, the materials and techniques they used, and the time and expertise involved in creating some outstanding masterpieces of medieval art." "With over 70 colour and black-and-white illustrations, The British Library Guide to Manuscript Illumination is an authoritative and engaging guide to one of the central aspects of medieval book making for anyone interested in medieval art, social history, calligraphy or illumination."--Jacket
Bibles : an illustrated history from papyrus to print by Christopher De Hamel( Book )

11 editions published in 2011 in English and held by 382 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

As the captivating and colorful images collected here reveal, in many ways the history of the Bible mirrors the history of the book and publishing. Presented chronologically, the Bibles provide a fascinating look into the book-making techniques and characteristics of their time. From the fragile papyrus fragments of the ancient world to medieval illuminated manuscripts and glorious modern printed editions, each image is accompanied by a caption which explains its particular significance. --publisher description
Glossed books of the Bible and the origins of the Paris booktrade by Christopher De Hamel( Book )

18 editions published between 1984 and 1987 in English and Undetermined and held by 326 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Rothschilds and their collections of illuminated manuscripts by Christopher De Hamel( Book )

8 editions published in 2005 in English and held by 266 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"This is the first history of the Rothschilds as bibliophiles and especially as collectors of medieval illuminated manuscripts. It follows the extraordinary and sometimes mysterious collections of Barons Adolphe de Rothschild (1823-1900), of Naples, Ferdinand (1839-1898), of Vienna and Waddesdon Edmond (1845-1934), of Paris, and others, tracing the restless movement of their supremely important works of art across the private libraries of Europe. In 1940 the Rothschild collections in Paris were looted by the Nazis, and the tale pursues the fate of the stolen manuscripts, some of them still missing. Almost no Rothschild manuscript ever includes a bookplate or ownership mark. The inquiry traces literally hundreds of illuminated manuscripts, including some of the world's most famous books, made for the Duc de Berry, Catherine of Cleves, Isabella the Catholic, and many others, and finds them to have one thing in common: they were all, at one time, Rothschild possessions."--Jacket
The Becket leaves by Janet Backhouse( Book )

11 editions published between 1988 and 1998 in English and held by 259 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Disbound and dispersed : the leaf book considered by Christopher De Hamel( Book )

7 editions published in 2005 in English and held by 219 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Disbound and Dispersed: The Leaf Book Considered is the first book to examine the fascinating history of the leaf book. A nineteenth-century development, a leaf book contains an original leaf from a manuscript or significant printed volume that has been complemented with an essay or other explanatory material relating to the leaf's origins. The resulting book is often a fine press publication, with an elaborate binding or case. While this practice allows collectors to study and enjoy at least a fragment of an historic manuscript or book that they could never hope to own otherwise, the experience often comes at the price of destroying and dispersing an historic manuscript or book that was intact, or only somewhat incomplete."--Jacket
Medieval and renaissance manuscripts in New Zealand collections by Margaret Mary Manion( Book )

8 editions published in 1989 in English and held by 216 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The medieval book : glosses from friends & colleagues of Christopher De Hamel( Book )

7 editions published in 2010 in English and held by 186 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This book was presented on the occasion of Christopher de Hamel's sixtieth birthday, and celebrates his many accomplishments during his years at Sotheby's and more recently as the Gaylord Donnelley Fellow Librarian of the Parker Library at Corpus Christi College, Cambridge. Christopher de Hamel has described more medieval manuscripts than any other living scholar, and the sale catalogues that have come from his hands set new standards of quality and stimulated new generations of collectors, both institutional and private. This book is a tribute to his learning, his industry, imagination, spirit and good fellowship and his capacity to inspire others. Among the contributors are collectors, colleagues, librarians, curators, students of book history and scholars. The contributions are divided under the rubrics Books, The Book Trade and Collectors and Collecting, composing a varied collection of 40 highly interesting articles, including an introduction on Christopher de Hamel and a bibliography of his writings
The medieval world at our fingertips : Manuscript illuminations from the collection of Sandra Hindman by C. de Hamel( Book )

6 editions published between 2017 and 2018 in English and held by 154 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"This fascinating book offers a most engaging and fresh glimpse into the world of the Middle Ages. It accompanies an exhibit of some thirty diverse illuminated manuscript pages, and in a series of short descriptive essays on each of the miniatures the reader is taken on a remarkable journey from the twelfth to the sixteenth century, from which we can learn not only a great deal about the art of illumination, but also about the monasteries and cathedrals of Europe and such prominent medieval centres as the cities of London, Florence, Paris and Nuremberg. Moreover, Christopher de Hamel's wide knowledge and vivid reflections provide the historical and cultural context that help us to fully understand and truly appreciate these special works of art. The illuminated pages presented here are part of the impressive and broad-ranging collection assembled over twenty-five years by the medieval scholar and long-time Chicagoan Sandra Hindman. They represent both biblical and secular subjects and include the work of master illuminators such as Maestro Daddesco, Giovanni di Paolo and the Master of Mary of Burgundy. In addition to the colour reproductions of all the exhibited pages, the essays are sumptously illustrated with further related and comparative images, many of which are drawn from the collections of the Chicago Institute of Art itself. The Introduction to the volume is by the well-known medievalist James Marrow, and there is also a Catalogue by Matthew Westerby giving full details, descriptions, provenance and bibliography of the exhibited illuminations."--
The Macclesfield alphabet book : BL Additional ms 88887 : a facsimile( Book )

10 editions published in 2010 in English and held by 153 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The manuscript was acquired by the British Library in 2009. It had been in the library of the Earl of Macclesfield since about 1750, and until recently its existence was completely unknown. --Book Jacket
Book of beasts : a facsimile of MS Bodley 764 by Bodleian Library( Book )

11 editions published between 2008 and 2009 in Latin and English and held by 148 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In the Middle Ages, people believed that studying animals allowed them to read the Divine Order as written in the natural world. In image and word, medieval bestiaries illustrated beasts in stunning detail and explained their scientific nature as well as their allegorical significance. This bestiary, dating from the mid-13th century and preserved at the Bodleian Library in Oxford since the early 17th century, is one of the finest medieval English bestiaries. It is clearly the work of a master artist and was probably destined for an aristocratic home. The volume includes an introduction which provides a context for bestiaries in general and MS. Bodley 764 in particular, along with a discussion of the manuscript's provenance and style
Les Rothschild, collectionneurs de manuscrits by Christopher De Hamel( Book )

11 editions published in 2004 in French and English and held by 105 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Retrace l'histoire des manuscrits médiévaux enluminés ayant appartenu à la famille Rothschild, au fil des générations et à travers l'Europe entière
The Ferrell-Vogüé Machaut manuscript by Guillaume( )

3 editions published in 2014 in French, Middle and French and held by 89 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Full facsimile reproduction of a medieval French manuscript (MS Vg), containing the literary and musical works of Guillaume de Machaut; originally owned by Jean, duke of Berry, now in the collection of James E. and Elizabeth J. Ferrell (currently on loan to the Parker Library, Corpus Christi College, Cambridge, England)
Gilding the Lilly : a hundred Medieval and illuminated manuscripts in the Lilly Library by Christopher De Hamel( Book )

9 editions published in 2010 in English and held by 88 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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The Smithsonian book of books
The Book : a history of the BibleThe Smithsonian book of booksScribes and illuminatorsThe British Library guide to manuscript illumination : history and techniquesBibles : an illustrated history from papyrus to printThe Rothschilds and their collections of illuminated manuscriptsThe Becket leavesDisbound and dispersed : the leaf book considered
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De Hamel C.F.R.

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De Hamel, C. F. R.‏ 1950- (Christopher Francis Rivers)

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