A Guide To Western Historical Scripts From Antiquity To 1600.
The British Library.
4to. 8.75 x 11 inches.  + 138 pp. In pictorial card wrapper. Minor wear to extremities, but otherwise a very good copy. Illustrated by 53 full page plates, including frontispiece. A survey of the evolution of scripts and introduction to reading historical documents, extensively illustrated from a wide range of the major western manuscripts. Each plate is accompanied by a commentary identifying the type of script, its historical and regional currency, distinctive features and style, and a transcription of the text. With an introductory essay and select bibliography, fully revised and updated for this new paperback edition of a work first published in 1990. The author is Curator of the British Manuscript Collections at the British Library.
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