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Christopher De Hamel is the Fellow Librarian of Corpus Christi College, Cambridge. For 25 years he was responsible for all sales of medieval and illuminated manuscripts at Sotheby's in London. He has a doctorate from Oxford University and an honorary doctorate from St John's University, mostra'n més Collegeville, Minnesota. He is a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries mostra'n menys

Obres de Christopher De Hamel

A History of Illuminated Manuscripts (1985) — Autor — 653 exemplars
Scribes and Illuminators (1992) 396 exemplars
The Book: A History of the Bible (2001) 318 exemplars
Making medieval manuscripts (2018) 47 exemplars

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Sentit comú (1776) — Postface, algunes edicions5,205 exemplars
The Bible as book : the manuscript tradition (1997) — Col·laborador — 25 exemplars
Against The Law: Crime, Sharp Practice And The Control Of Print (2004) — Col·laborador — 19 exemplars
Antiquaries, Book Collectors, and the Circles of Learning (1996) — Col·laborador — 10 exemplars
Pioneers in Bibliography (1988) — Col·laborador — 7 exemplars


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OT-Book of potential interest a Folio Society Devotees (octubre 2022)


This can be viewed as a companion volume to De Hamel's Meetings with Remarkable Manuscripts, very much a favourite of mine.

Whereas the earlier volume, as the name suggests, focuses on looking at, in great depth, specific manuscripts from across the centuries, this focuses on 12 individuals, from St Anselm through to some modern names (mostly unknown to me), who had interacted with books/manuscripts in some specific manner, whether as a collector, seller, publisher, illuminator, librarian, forger, editor, curator etc.

De Hamel describes the relationship between each person and books/manuscripts, and in doing so, often describes particular books as well.

These are not biographies as such but do paint a picture.

The book itself is lavishly illustrated and is beautiful to hold and read.

Whilst "Meetings" is my preferred read, I suspect if I had read these two books in reverse order, this would be my favourite!

A must read for anyone interested in books.

Big Ship

8 April 2024
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bigship | Hi ha 1 ressenya més | Apr 8, 2024 |
Interesting, and written with some practical experience. If you’re thinking of trying it this will give you an idea of just how difficult it will be. Buy your books ready-printed, people. Also very well illustrated. It’s a revised version of his earlier Scribes and Illuminators.
Lukerik | Dec 13, 2023 |
Very much the counterpart of Meetings with Remarkable Manuscripts, and just as good. Here the focus is on twelve people who had some sort of connection to manuscripts, whether writing them or collecting them etc. These aren’t just potted biographies. Each essay has that little bit extra. He’s researched properly, gone to where they lived, studied their books. I think the secret here is imagination. He can conjure up a scene from the past from some jotting on a scrap of paper. Particularly nice are his imagined conversations with these people. In the one on St. Anselm he’s taken his side of the conversation of various places in his works and cobbled it together.

This is a particularly nicely made book, as it would have to be for £40 (I borrowed it from the library). Good quality paper and beautifully illustrated. Lots of the illustrations run to the edge of the page so you can see their strata if you look at the edges when the book is closed. So I wouldn’t want you to think I’m unappreciative of a beautiful book. There’s an illumination by Simon Bening on page 134 that at first glance I thought was some sort of 3D embroidery. I’ve seen a few Medieval manuscripts under glass. I’m not the kind of person who would ever be allowed to handle them – and rightly so. I like to go to churches with fragile medieval wall paintings and chat up the vicar until she trusts me. Then, when no-ones looking I like to climb up on the pews and poke the paintings all over. But I’ve handled some modern manuscripts and there’s a real thrill to know that what you hold in your hands is a totally unique object and no-one else can be reading another copy at the same time. However, if you put a Books of Hours in front of me I’d be bored in five minutes. There’s a particularly interesting bit in the essay on Theodor Mommsen where de Hamel is obviously nonplussed by his interest in manuscripts because of the text. Really I’m with Mommsen on this one. De Hamel is interested in manuscripts as art. One thing this book does is give a history of the place of manuscripts over time – from working tools in monasteries to over-priced status symbols for the wealthy.
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