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A medieval mirror : Speculum humanae salvationis, 1324-1500 /
Adrian Wilson & Joyce Lancaster Wilson.
imprint
Berkeley : University of California Press, c1984.
description
229 p., [14] p. of plates : ill. (some col.) ; 35 cm.
ISBN
0520051947 :
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imprint
Berkeley : University of California Press, c1984.
isbn
0520051947 :
general note
Includes index.
catalogue key
1427440
 
Bibliography: p. 218-221.
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Full Text Reviews
Appeared in Choice on 1985-10:
The Speculum humanae salvationis was a popular Renaissance biblical concordance reproduced in hundreds of manuscripts, block books, and incunabula from its first appearance in the first quarter of the 14th century to the sudden discontinuance of production after the early 16th century Reformation period. Since it was an important source for artists in Renaissance Europe, it is an important tool for the modern iconographer. The most comprehensive earlier study has been the two volumes of the same title by Jules Lutz and P. Perdrizet (1907), but several monographs of various editions have been printed during the last century. The authors of the present work are book designers and printers who attempt to survey a selection of Speculum manuscripts and block books. The result is inconsistent with indecisive attributions for manuscripts but good technical knowledge of block-book techniques. This book cannot be recommended for all libraries because of its shortcomings but, for the section on block books and their importance in the history of printing alone, it can be recommended to graduate libraries with expansive budgets. Selected bibliography; index.-J. Howett, Emory University
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Summaries
Long Description
The Speculum Humanae Salvationis or "Mirror of Human Salvation," is the only medieval work that exists in illuminated manuscripts, in blockbook editions of the mid-fifteenth century, and in sixteen later incunabula. The authors have provided lavishly illustrated accounts of the manuscripts and included reproductions of all 116 woodcuts of the blockbooks, accompanied by a description of the typography and production and an interpretation of each scene.
Long Description
TheSpeculum Humanae Salvationisor "Mirror of Human Salvation," is the only medieval work that exists in illuminated manuscripts, in blockbook editions of the mid-fifteenth century, and in sixteen later incunabula. The authors have provided lavishly illustrated accounts of the manuscripts and included reproductions of all 116 woodcuts of the blockbooks, accompanied by a description of the typography and production and an interpretation of each scene.
Main Description
The Speculum Humanae Salvationisor "Mirror of Human Salvation," is the only medieval work that exists in illuminated manuscripts, in blockbook editions of the mid-fifteenth century, and in sixteen later incunabula. The authors have provided lavishly illustrated accounts of the manuscripts and included reproductions of all 116 woodcuts of the blockbooks, accompanied by a description of the typography and production and an interpretation of each scene.
Unpaid Annotation
The "Speculum Humanae Salvationis or "Mirror of Human Salvation," is the only medieval work that exists in illuminated manuscripts, in blockbook editions of the mid-fifteenth century, and in sixteen later incunabula. The authors have provided lavishly illustrated accounts of the manuscripts and included reproductions of all 116 woodcuts of the blockbooks, accompanied by a description of the typography and production and an interpretation of each scene.

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