Location of Repository

Design Structures of Treasure Book Covers from the 6th to the 12th Century

By Ian Andrews

Abstract

This investigation is a new approach to the assessment of the richly-ornamented book-covers of the early Christian Church. Pictorial data on approximately seventy five covers of actual books together with a similar number of pictures of books portrayed by artists in contemporary carvings, mosaics and paintings have been analysed as a group. This enabled attention to be directed to the geometrical structures and arrangements of the ornamental features of the cover decoration and avoided the problems intrain when considering them purely as works of art.\ud \ud \ud The results of this research have enabled several distinct trends and watersheds in the design structure to be distinguished which have potential for improving the dating of such book bindings. These include, the significance of border decoration as an indicator of date and the techniques with which jewels and gemstones were arranged and mounted. It is believed that with these techniques considerable new possibilities exist for more substantial analysis of the covers of these unusual books

Topics: NC, NX
OAI identifier: oai:eprints.hud.ac.uk:9826

Suggested articles

Preview

Citations

  1. (1889). A Collection of Facsimiles from examples of Historic or Artistic Bookbinding, illustrating the History of Binding as a Branch of the Decorative Arts. Pub: Bernard Quaritch, London. 8vo, pp36, with 103 plates.
  2. (2006). A Medieval Book of Beasts, Woodbridge,
  3. (1992). A reconstruction of Taddeo di Bartolo’s alter-piece for S. Francesco a Prato, Perugia. Burlington Magazine p
  4. (1992). Ancient Egypt, doi
  5. and Drummond A.(1993) The World of the Romans,
  6. and Grabar O.(1999) Late Antiquity: a Guide to the Post-Classical World. doi
  7. (1969). Art of the Ancient Near and Middle East, Harry Abrams, doi
  8. (1969). Art Treasures in Italy Hamlyn,
  9. (1969). Art Treasures in Italy,
  10. (1976). Aśokan’ Pillars: A reassessment of the evidence –IV: Symbollism,
  11. Back cover of the Lindau Gospels 8-9th Metal Book cover from Ireland.
  12. (1944). Blind-stamped Panels in the English Book-Trade c1485-1555. The Bibliographical Society . doi
  13. (1946). Bookbinding: Its Background and Technique, doi
  14. (1981). Books: Their history, art, power, glory, infamy and suffering according to their creator’s friends and enemies.
  15. (1999). Byzantine Art, Terrail,
  16. (1964). Byzantine Painting Apollo doi
  17. (1977). Carolingian Painting Chatto and Windus,
  18. (1977). Celtic and Anglo-Saxon Painting, Chatto and Windus,
  19. (1974). Christian Iconography: A Study of its Origins, Routledge & Kegan Paul
  20. (1970). Christian Mythology,
  21. (1907). Chronicles of the Chinese Emperors, Thames & Hudson, London p 92-3 Par
  22. (1971). Coptic Art, doi
  23. (1994). Der Dom zu
  24. (1979). Early Christian and Byzantine Art,
  25. (1954). Early Islamic Bookbindings and their Coptic Relations,
  26. (1969). Early Medieval Art, doi
  27. (1939). Early Spanish Bookbindings XI-XV Centuries. doi
  28. (1950). ed: The History of
  29. (1970). Egypt, Greece and Rome, Hamlyn, London Every G.
  30. Gobelins Tapestries and Paintings as a source of information about the Silver furniture of Louis XIV.
  31. (1998). God and Gold in Late Antiquity, doi
  32. (1975). Great Books and Book Collectors, Weidenfeld and Nicolson,
  33. (1706). Histoire de l’Abbaye Royale de Saint-Denys en France, Paris Ford P.R.J. ( ) Oriental Carpet Design,
  34. (1985). How to Buy Rare Books,
  35. (1979). Images of Authority: Elites and Icons doi
  36. indications of this style c 6th Mosaic,
  37. (1970). Insignien und Tracht der Romischen Kaiser in “Die monarchische Reprasentation in romanischen Kaiserreiche. Darmstadt p 119-276 Altet
  38. (1923). Islamic Bookbinding London.
  39. (1987). Ivory – A History and Collector’s Guide, Thames and Hudson, London p 71.
  40. (1953). L’Arte mediovale,
  41. (1910). Manuel de l’art byzantin, doi
  42. Manuscript illumination early 8 C Illustration, Book of Kells before 807 Mosaic at Thessalonika 885 Mosaic
  43. (1982). Medieval Ivory Carvings HMSO London List of Portrayals of Books
  44. (2005). Medieval Manichaean Book Art: A Codicological Study of Iranian and Turkic Illuminated Book Fragments from the 8th to 11th doi
  45. (1995). Medieval Mineralogy,
  46. Mosaic Cathedral of Poreč c550 doi
  47. (1970). Mosaics: A Survey of their History and Techniques,
  48. Now in St Mark’s, doi
  49. (1928). of A ( doi
  50. (1881). On Bookbindings Ancient and Modern.
  51. (1977). p 23 Sacramentary fragment from Metz c870 (Műtherich and Gaehde
  52. (1969). Pictures within Pictures, doi
  53. (1992). Protecting the Past: Eamonn Kelly and the Treasure Hunters Apollo p387-91 Scott B.
  54. (1992). Protecting the Past: Eamonn Kelly and the Treasure Hunters. Apollo June Rienaecker V.
  55. Psalter of Charles the Bald C Metz Evangelary
  56. Review of the book: A Collection of Facsimiles from Examples of Historic or Artistic Bookbinding, illustrating the History of Binding as a Branch of the Decorative Arts. The Library vol II
  57. (1978). Rome and her doi
  58. (2003). Rome and the Barbarians, doi
  59. School of Charles the Bald c 870 C Mosaic in S Maria,
  60. (1991). Scribes, Script and Books, doi
  61. (1995). Seven Thousand Years of Jewellery.
  62. (1962). Silver Collecting in Roman Times.
  63. (2001). Space, Culture and Kingdoms in Early Medieval Europe in, The Medieval World ed Peter Lineham and Janet L. Nelson Routledge London.
  64. (1965). The Age of Charlemagne
  65. (1931). The Antique Collector October 10. Anon
  66. (2007). The Archeology of Medieval Bookbinding, doi
  67. (1998). The Art of Byzantium: Between Antiquity and the Renaissance. Weidenfeld and Nicolson,
  68. (1976). The Arts of Islam, The Antique Dealer and Collectors Guide April. Munkhammar L. ( - ) Codex Argenteus: from Ravenna to Uppsala: The Wanderings of a Gothic Manuscript of the Early Sixth Century.
  69. (1989). The Cambridge Illustrated History of the Middle Ages I doi
  70. (1962). The Connoisseur vol
  71. (1962). The Construction of English Twelfth Century Bindings, The Library 5th Pollard G. doi
  72. (1985). The Craft of Ivory, Sources, Techniques and Uses in the Mediterranean World AD200-1400. Dumbarton Oaks Cutler doi
  73. (2001). The Crucifixion and the Censorship of Art around 1300. P 342-60 in The Medieval World ed: Lineham
  74. (1983). The Early Christian and Byzantine World Paul Hamlyn, London Matthew D.
  75. (1907). The Evil Eye and the Solar Emblem, The Antiquary vol XLIII
  76. (1985). The Flowering of the Middle Ages,
  77. (1952). The Gilt Binding of the Whittinton Epigrams MS Bodley 523., The Library p 120-121 Nordenfalk C. doi
  78. (1957). The Golden Gospels of Echternach: Codex Aureus Epternacensis Thames and Hudson London. doi
  79. (1893). The Great Book Collectors,
  80. (1967). The Medieval World, Paul Hamlyn, London Kren T. et al
  81. (1997). The Papacy, Weidenfeld and Nicolson,
  82. (2000). The Power of Gold: The History of an Obsession, doi
  83. (1901). The Symbol of Light,
  84. (1984). The Treasures of Georgia Century Press, London Bullough D.
  85. (1984). The Treasures of Georgia,
  86. (1986). The Uses of Bookbinding Literature. doi
  87. (2001). The Viking World, doi
  88. Three examples all of 2 doi
  89. (1989). Treasures acquired by the Bibliothèque Nationale during the Revolution,
  90. (1979). Treasures of the North, Saudi Aramco World,
  91. (1979). Twelve Centuries of Bookbinding 400-1600 p 5-6 Nes S.
  92. (2000). Ubiquity, Weidenfeld and Nicolson,
  93. (1958). ИКОНА: The Icon, The Connosieur CXLII

To submit an update or takedown request for this paper, please submit an Update/Correction/Removal Request.