Book reviews

Book reviews Book reviews ADRIAN WILSON & JOYCE LANCASTER WILSON, A medieval mirror. Speculum humanae salvationis 1324-1500. Berkeley, University of California Press, 1984, 35 cm., 229 pp., 219 illus. (8 in col.), $ 190.- A Medieval Mirror begs comparison with The Making of the Nuremberg Chronicle ( 1976), the Wilsons' previous venture into investigating the fifteenth-century manuscript and printed transmission of an illustrated work. Both studies walk a precarious tight-rope between scholarship and the coffee-table, firmly landing onto the latter. They offer large size, an undemanding text on a complicated subject, much documentation, lavish illustration, good colour, fine design (by Adrian Wilson), foreign printing and binding. Both monographs claim originality and contain a fair amount of hypothesis and speculation, but unfortunately they share considerable bibliographical weaknesses, too. One important thing they do not share is price: despite a contribution from the Art Endowment Fund of the Associates of the University of California Press the new book is far too expensive and costs three times as much as the earlier one (published at Amsterdam by Nico Israel), whose revised second edition is still in print. Adrian and Joyce Wilson clearly have a great and genuine interest in early il- lustrated books http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Quaerendo Brill

Book reviews

Quaerendo, Volume 16 (1): 66 – Jan 1, 1986

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Brill
Copyright
© 1986 Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, The Netherlands
ISSN
0014-9527
eISSN
1570-0690
D.O.I.
10.1163/157006986X00099
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Book reviews ADRIAN WILSON & JOYCE LANCASTER WILSON, A medieval mirror. Speculum humanae salvationis 1324-1500. Berkeley, University of California Press, 1984, 35 cm., 229 pp., 219 illus. (8 in col.), $ 190.- A Medieval Mirror begs comparison with The Making of the Nuremberg Chronicle ( 1976), the Wilsons' previous venture into investigating the fifteenth-century manuscript and printed transmission of an illustrated work. Both studies walk a precarious tight-rope between scholarship and the coffee-table, firmly landing onto the latter. They offer large size, an undemanding text on a complicated subject, much documentation, lavish illustration, good colour, fine design (by Adrian Wilson), foreign printing and binding. Both monographs claim originality and contain a fair amount of hypothesis and speculation, but unfortunately they share considerable bibliographical weaknesses, too. One important thing they do not share is price: despite a contribution from the Art Endowment Fund of the Associates of the University of California Press the new book is far too expensive and costs three times as much as the earlier one (published at Amsterdam by Nico Israel), whose revised second edition is still in print. Adrian and Joyce Wilson clearly have a great and genuine interest in early il- lustrated books

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QuaerendoBrill

Published: Jan 1, 1986

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