Paper $65.00 ISBN: 9781892850287 Published October 2016
Cloth $85.00 ISBN: 9781892850263 Published October 2016

Beyond Words

Illuminated Manuscripts in Boston Collections

Edited by Jeffrey F. Hamburger, William P. Stoneman, Anne-Marie Eze, Lisa Fagin Davis, and Nancy Netzer

Beyond Words

Edited by Jeffrey F. Hamburger, William P. Stoneman, Anne-Marie Eze, Lisa Fagin Davis, and Nancy Netzer

Distributed for McMullen Museum of Art, Boston College

378 pages | 325 color plates | 9 x 12 | © 2016
Paper $65.00 ISBN: 9781892850287 Published October 2016
Cloth $85.00 ISBN: 9781892850263 Published October 2016
Beyond Words accompanies a collaborative exhibition at the McMullen Museum of Art, Boston College; Harvard University’s Houghton Library; and the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum. Featuring illuminated manuscripts from nineteen Boston-area institutions, this catalog provides a sweeping overview of the history of the book in the Middle Ages and Renaissance, as well as a guide to its production, illumination, functions, and readership. Entries by eighty-five international experts document, discuss, and reproduce more than two hundred and sixty manuscripts and early printed books, many of them little known before now. Beyond Words also explores the history of collecting such books in Boston, an uncharted chapter in the history of American taste.

Of broad appeal to scholars and amateur enthusiasts alike, this catalog documents one of the most ambitious exhibitions of medieval and Renaissance manuscripts ever to take place in North America.
 
Review Quotes
Wall Street Journal, on the exhibition
“Linking all three venues, the resplendent exhibition catalog is beautifully written and illustrated. . . . To visit ‘Beyond Words’ in its entirety—slowly and contemplatively over several days—offers a matchless experience for any lover of books, art, music, and the faith and intellectual curiosity that were the foundation of medieval and Renaissance humanism.”
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