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Les Enluminures: Four Remarkable Manuscripts from the Middle Ages

Les Enluminures: Four Remarkable Manuscripts from the Middle Ages


Published by Les Enluminures and distributed by Paul Holberton Publishing


Accompanying an exhibition in New York (17 - 23 October 2018) this lavishly illustrated publication explores four extraordinary books that have all survived from the Middle Ages. Introduction and Catalogue by the prize-winning author of Meetings with Remarkable Manuscripts, Christopher de Hamel.


This beautiful catalogue explores four books that are remarkable survivals of what people read in the Middle Ages – the finest of medieval Bibles (the greatest text of Western civilization), one of the oldest Books of Hours (the most famous medieval manuscripts of all), Biography (the unique legend of an Anglo-Saxon princess), and the History of Troy (the oldest chivalric story in European history). 


These are all manuscripts unknown on the market for at least eighty years. One of the four was last described in print in 1588; the others were last catalogued for sale in 1909, 1932 and 1938 respectively. All are richly illustrated, with a total of 133 miniatures between them, as well as hundreds of borders and illuminated animals and grotesques. Some of the finest artists of the period were responsible for the miniatures, and at least two of them likely issue directly from the greatest of European courts.

Prize-winning author of Meetings with Remarkable Manuscripts, Christopher de Hamel, wrote the Introduction and Catalogue. Founder and President of Les Enluminures, Sandra Hindman is responsible for the Preface. 


Les Enluminures is an internationally recognized leader in the field of Medieval and Renaissance manuscripts, miniatures, and finger rings. Dr. Sandra Hindman, an expert on medieval and Renaissance manuscript illumination and Professor Emerita at Northwestern University, founded Les Enluminures in Paris in 1991 in association with her Chicago-based business. The New York City location opened in May 2012. Keegan Goepfert (M.A., Courtauld) became Vice-President of the company in 2012. For over twenty-seven years, Les Enluminures has forged and maintained relationships with the world’s most prestigious public and private collections. International clients include the Musée du Louvre, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the National Gallery of Art in Washington D.C., the J. Paul Getty Museum, among many others. The gallery has exhibited in most major art fairs in the United States and Europe, and we organize three to four exhibitions in our gallery spaces annually.

  • Christopher de Hamel with Sandra Hindman

    Published by Les Enluminures

    Distributed by Paul Holberton Publishing


    October 2018 

    Paperback, 195 x 300 mm

    144 pages, 80 ills. 

    ISBN: 978-0-9971842-7-3

  • Exhibition

    Les Enluminures 

    23 East 73rd Street, 7th Floor

    New York, NY 10021

    17 - 23 October 2018 

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