Understanding Illuminated Manuscripts: A Guide to Technical Terms


What is a historiated initial? What are canon tables? What is a drollery? This revised edition of Understanding Illuminated Manuscripts: A Guide to Technical Terms offers definitions of the key elements of illuminated manuscripts, demystifying the techniques, processes, materials, nomenclature, and styles used in the making of these precious books.

Updated to reflect current research and technologies, this beautifully illustrated guide includes images of important manuscript illuminations from the collection of the J. Paul Getty Museum and beyond. Concise, readable explanations of the technical terms most frequently encountered in manuscript studies make this portable volume an essential resource for students, scholars, and readers who wish a deeper understanding and enjoyment of illuminated manuscripts and medieval book production.

This book is in a paperback format and measures 23.5 x 22.5 x 1.6 cm.


  • Dimensions: 23.5 x 22.5 x 1.6 cm
  • Weight: 666 g
  • Author: Michelle P. Brown
  • Publisher: Getty Trust Publications
  • Pages: 128
  • Format: Paperback
  • ISBN: 9781606065785