Folio Society - The Winchester Psalter Limited Edition - ( Item 123960 )
Published in London by Folio Society. 2015. First Thus. Fine Hardback. No inscriptions or bookplates. Finesolander box. 12¾" × 9". 80 pages. Printed on Biberist Furioso with Merida endpapers. Bound in Indian Goatskin. Blocked with 2-colour design by Joe McLaren. Gilded top edge. Commentary volume - 9½" × 6¼". 100 pages. Typeset in Centaur. Printed on Salzer Wove. Bound in buckram. Blocked on front and spine. Solander presentation box - 13¾" × 9¾" × 2¼". Bound in buckram and lined with Merida paper. Blocked on front and spine. Inset label depicting the Harrowing of Hell: Folio 24, top panel. Limited to 980 copies, of which this is number 403. One of the first true masterpieces of medieval manuscript illumination, The Winchester Psalter is a jewel of the collection amassed by the great antiquarian Sir Robert Cotton (1570–1631), which formed the basis of the British Library. This 12th-century manuscript is justly famous for the cycle of miniatures depicting scenes from the Old Testament, the lives of Christ and the Virgin Mary, and the Second Coming and Last Judgement, which precede the text of the Book of Psalms. Inspiring, edifying and terrifying in equal measure, the miniatures of The Winchester Psalter represent the pinnacle of English Romanesque manuscript illumination. The turn of the first millennium witnessed a remarkable outpouring of creativity across Europe from artists in all media. Architecture, sculpture, stained glass, painting, manuscript illustration and embroidery all responded to the pre-existing models of classical and Late Antiquity with an extraordinary burst of imagination which combined both deference and independence. This first great movement in medieval art – labelled ‘Romanesque’ by 19th-century scholars for its adoption of features of Roman architecture – flourished until the arrival of Gothic in the 13th century. To accompany this edition there is a new commentary from Kristine Edmondson Haney, Professor Emeritus of Art History at UMASS and author of The Winchester Psalter: An Iconographic Study. A member of Phi Beta Kappa, she has also received both the Woodrow Wilson Fellowship and the National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship.
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