BRADLEY, JOHN WILLIAM. Reproductions of illuminated manuscripts, ca. 1873-1910
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John William Bradley: Papers on Illuminated Manuscripts, ca. 1873-1910


Bradley, John William, 1830-1916, compiler.

Illuminated manuscripts: an extensive collection of reproductions, tracings, photographs and plates of illuminated manuscripts, compiled ca. 1873-1910.

Physical Description
3 boxes (3 linear feet)
6 albums (36 cm. x 39 cm.)

Historical/Bibliographical Note
Bradley was the author of A Dictionary of Miniaturists, Illuminators, Calligraphers and Copyists, with Reference to Their Works and Notices of Their Patrons: from the Establishment of Christianity to the Eighteenth Century (3 vols., 1887-1889), long a standard reference work in the field.

Scope and Contents Note
A collection of approximately 400 colored illustrations of illuminated manuscripts taken from various facsimiles and coloring sheets. Sources for the facsimiles include: coloring sheets from Winsor and Newton, manufacturers of artists’ materials; facsimiles published by antiquarian booksellers; The Art of Illuminating as Practised in Europe from the Earliest Times, by William Robert Tymms, with an introduction by Matthew Digby Wyatt (London: 1860); and other sources. Collection includes two notebooks in Bradley’s hand.

General Note
Facsimiles are pasted down on album pages.

Tymms, W. R. (William Robert). The art of illuminating as practised in Europe from the earliest times. 1860.

Illumination of books and manuscripts.
Manuscripts. Facsimiles.

Facsimiles (Reproductions).

Occupation (as reflected in collection)
Authors. England. 19th century.

Grolier Club, 47 East 60th Street, New York, N.Y. 10022-1098.

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