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Illuminated Manuscripts
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I. Introduction and Overview – II. Book Types, Manuscripts, and Miniatures

I. Introduction and Overview

The written word has always been highly esteemed in the cultures shaped by Judaism, Christianity, and Islam (IV). Before the invention of printing (III) around 1440, books were reproduced by copying. Afterwards, bibliophiles encouraged the production of manuscripts well into the 16th century, despite the superior efficiency…

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Kuder, Ulrich, “Illuminated Manuscripts”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 07 December 2019 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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