Oxford: At the Clarendon Press, 1981. One of 1,000 copies. Nine full-page and two half-page color illustrations, plus numerous black and white photographic reproductions. Printed on heavy cream-colored paper at the Oxford University Press. A fine copy in natural linen slipcase. Slipcase a bit soiled. Full red cloth with gilt-decorated front cover and spine. Top edge gilt. Large octavo. 149 pp. Item #16667
This is a detailed analysis of the making of the Winchester Bibles, two of the great twelfth century English illuminated Bibles. The author (1903–1987), who was a schoolmaster and eventually vice-chancellor of Oxford University, examined these Bibles closely over a period of forty-seven years. His earlier work, The Artists of the Winchester Bible (1945), was regarded as a pioneering effort, and both works are “authoritative and influential” (DNB).