Reference Library

A History of Illuminated Manuscripts.

Oxford: Phaidon, 1994. Very well illustrated second edition of the best survey of western manuscripts written by the authoritative Director of Western Manuscripts at Sotheby's in London.

Medieval Illuminators and Their Methods of Work.

New Haven: Yale University Press, 1992. Well developed history of the art of making manuscripts now the essential work on the subject by one of the greatest manuscript scholars.

Scribes and Illuminators.

Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 1992. The best summary work on production and materials, and well illustrated.

Latin Paleography

Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1990. The basic textbook by the recently deceased top scholar of the field.

A Guide to Western Historical Scripts from Antiquity to 1600.

Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 1990. In the style of S. Thomson's monumental work with one full page illustration for each style of script and a facing page of explanatory text and sample translation.