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Masterpieces of Illumination: The World's Most Famous Manuscripts 400 To 1600

Presented in brilliant large-format reproductions, these paradigms of miniature painting and illumination from the 4th century to 1600 were once the property of some of the greatest power players in history. Now art-historical treasures, they are worth many millions and typically tucked away in private collections or closely-guarded archives - until now. Although the focus of this collection is on European manuscripts, examples from Mexican, Persian, and Indian tradition illustrate the refinement and intricacy of manuscript illumination in non-European cultures.

The Illuminated Page: Ten Centuries of Manuscript Painting in The British Library

Illuminated manuscripts are among the richest and most revealing relics of the pre-print Western world, and are central to our understanding of medieval social and cultural history. The British Library boasts the world's finest collection of medieval manuscripts, and in this new and lavishly illustrated survey, Janet Backhouse draws on these collections to provide a comprehensive introduction to these exciting and colourful materials.

Drei Schnittbucher: Three Austrian Master Tailor Books of the 16th Century

Surviving 16th century garments are very rare, with such a small sample of the wide variety of garments which were worn, many questions are left unanswered for those who wish to study the clothes of the time, or to recreate them. However, there are a few tailors’ pattern manuscripts in libraries and museums around the world. This book contains three 16th century Austrian tailors' guild masterbook manuscripts, or schnittbuch, Nidermayr (1560), Enns and Leonfeldner (1590).

Patterns of Fashion 3: The Cut and Construction of Clothes for Men and Women C. 1560-1620

The third volume in Janet Arnold's groundbreaking series Patterns of Fashion covers an earlier period than the previous two volumes: Patterns of Fashion 1660-1860 and Patterns of Fashion 1860-1940, concentrating on the Elizabethan and Jacobean eras. Significantly, too, this is the first of Arnold's books to include patterns for men's clothing. As well as Janet Arnold's meticulous patterns for these remarkable garments, the book includes an amazing 300 black and white photographs ranging from portraits of the period to details of articles of clothing.

Queen Elizabeth's Wardrobe Unlock'd

The vast wardrobe of Queen Elizabeth I is legendary: in her own time some of the richly embroidered gowns were displayed with other treasures to dazzle the eyes of foreign visitors to the Tower of London. The quantity of clothes recorded in the inventories taken in 1600 would seem to suggest sheer vanity, but a survey of work carried out in the Wardrobe of Robes throughout the reign reveals a different picture. It is one of careful organisation and economy.

The Queen's Servants: Gentlewomen's Dress at the Accession of Henry VII (Tudor Tailor Case Studies)

REVISED SECOND EDITION featuring a new comprehensive glossary, corrections, clarifications, and streamlined pattern making instructions - all based on new research and reader feedback. The Queen's Servants paints a vivid picture of the styles of dress worn at Henry VII's and Henry VIII's courts, using evidence from royal warrants and account books in The National Archive. Purchases by the Great Wardrobe for the ladies of gentle birth who attended the queens and their children are clues to the appropriate appearance of a woman in close contact with the royal family.

The Tollemache Book of Secrets: A Descriptive Index and Complete Facsimile, with an introduction and transcriptions, together with Catherine Tollemache's Receipts of Pastery, Confectionary &c.

301 pp., 4to, illustrated, quarter tan morocco with gilt title on spine, dark blue cloth sides with the Tollemache arms in gilt on upper cover, t.e.g. This book consists of facsimiles and related notes and transcriptions of two manuscripts. The first is the Tollemache Book of Secrets, a manuscript dating to the early 15th century, an informal compendium of practical household instructions compiled for use at Helmingham Hall, a manor house in Suffolk.

The Tudor Tailor: Reconstructing Sixteenth-Century Dress

A valuable sourcebook for costume designers, dressmakers and those involved in historical reenactments, this book contains all the information you need to create authentic clothes from the Tudor period. Computer-generated, historically accurate patterns enable you to make a wide range of garments, such as doublets, hose, bodices, skirts, hats and headdresses -- even underwear. There are also plenty of ideas for decoration and embellishment such as ruffs, cuffs, collars, embroidery and other surface decoration.

Fashion in the Age of the Black Prince: A Study of the Years 1340-1365

1340 to 1363 were years remarkable for dramatic developments in fashion and for extravagant spending on costume, foreshadowing the later luxury of Richard II's court. Stella Mary Newton broke new ground with this detailed study, which discusses fourteenth-century costume in detail. She draws on surviving accounts from the Royal courts, the evidence of chronicles and poetry (often from unpublished manuscripts), and representations in painting, sculpture and manuscript illumination.

Moda a Firenze 1540-1580: Cosimo I de Medici's Style

Roberta Orsi Landini uses material from the Florentine state archives to reconstruct Cosimo I de Medici's wardrobe, continuing her earlier work on Eleonora di Toledo. Cosimo consciously constructed his public and official image, and Orsi Landini follows his stylistic evolution over his thirty-year reign, including colors, materials and decorations. The author also examines manufacturing, especially silk producers, while a final chapter is dedicated to the funeral clothes of Cosimo I and his son, don Garcia, both of whom were paragons of fashion for their Italian contemporaries.

Moda a Firenze 1540-1580: Lo stile di Eleonora di Toledo e la sua influenza

Beautiful, bilingual (Italian and English) study of sixteenth-century Italian fashion and costume and the influence of Eleanor of Toledo on the Italian court, following her marriage into the Medici court. Contains 120 plates, mostly in color.

The Complete Country Dance Tunes from Playford's Dancing Master (1651-ca.1728)

Playford's The Dancing Master is the classic compendium of English country dance tunes. First published in 1651 it went through eighteen editions in almost 80 years. In its day it was the most popular collection of its kind and engendered numerous imitations. The tunes selected by Playford and his successors were taken from many sources and demonstrate the extraordinary richness and vitality of popular melody in England during the late 17th and early 18th centuries. 


Generally regarded as the most valuable book on 16th-century dance and music available, this volume offers detailed instructions for all of the steps involved in pavans, gavottes, galliards, and more. References to the practices of instrumental music of the 1500s appear throughout the text, in addition to 47 dance tunes with period barring and notation.