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Silversmiths in Elizabethan and Stewart LondonSilversmiths in Elizabethan and Stuart London : their lives and their marks

David M. Mitchell

IBSN-10: 1783272384; ISBN-13: 978-1783272389



OverviewSilversmiths in Elizabethan and Stuart London is one of the most important works of silver scholarship in recent years. Taking the first surviving makers' mark plate in the archives of the London Assay Office as its starting point, David Mitchell's meticulous research has allowed him to identify some of these previously unknown craftsmen and to piece together the narratives of their lives and trade. The first part of the book tells the story of the silversmiths' trade in the Elizabethan and Stuart periods, including the range of silver plate available between 1560 and 1700 and the many influences on silversmiths and the wider trade, from the impact of French design and 'Stranger' silversmiths through to Plague, Fire and Civil War. The second part of the book identifies previously unknown makers, containing attributions for 540 separate marks and some 400 individual biographies compiled from the author's research. Richly illustrated with over 200 images, this work combines social, economic and art history and casts new light on a fascinating period. It will be of interest not only to students and scholars of early modern history and the history of London and to museums with respective art collections, but also to those interested in the Elizabethan and Stuart periods, silver and the decorative arts.

ClockmakersThe clockmakers of London : an account of the Worshipful Company of Clockmakers, its library and its collection

George White

IBSN: 9781527219748 (pbk.)



Overview: The Clockmakers of London explains the significance of clock and watchmaking in the advancement of mankind and sets the work and inventions of London makers in that context. It traces the activities of the Worshipful Company of Clockmakers (a London craft guild or "Livery Company") from the granting of its Royal Charter in 1631 to the present day.
The book is illustrated almost exclusively with items from the Company's famous Library and Collection, to which the public have had access since 1874.

Descriptive Catalogue Christ Church

 descriptive catalogue of the western manuscripts,     to c. 1600, in Christ Church, Oxford

 by Ralph Hanna and David Rundle, using materials     collected by Jeremy J. Griffiths.

 ISBN-10: 0901420611; ISBN-13: 9780901420619



Overview: Christ Church Library is pleased to   announce the publication of the first in a planned series of manuscript catalogues offering detailed codicological, textual and historical descriptions. The lavishly illustrated volume is published by the Oxford Bibliographical Society in its Special Series of Manuscript Catalogues.00An important new work, the catalogue represents a splendid achievement and a milestone in Christ Church Library's developing history. The catalogue has been in progress for many years. It begins by recapitulating the history of every preceding institution on the site, the priory of St Frideswide to Cardinal College to King Henry VIII College, and of what can be said of book provision at each. The detail here is very rich in new discoveries. No fact has been taken on trust but each has been chased back to source, with the early inventories included in the appendix. The catalogue descriptions and textual identifications are as comprehensive as one would expect from the careful scrutiny of two expert hands.


Jerusalem  Jerusalem, 1000-1400 : every people under heaven

 Edited by Barbara Drake Boehm and Melanie     Holcomb

  ISBN-10: 1588395987; ISN-13: 978-1588395986



Overview: A comprehensive and timely exploration   of the key role Jerusalem played in shaping the art     and culture of the Middle Ages Medieval Jerusalem was a vibrant international center and home to multiple cultures, faiths, and languages. Harmonious and dissonant influences from Persian, Turkish, Greek, Syrian, Armenian, Georgian, Coptic, Ethiopian, Indian, and European traditions invested Jerusalem with a key role in shaping the art of the Middle Ages. Through compelling essays by international and interdisciplinary experts and detailed discussions of more than 200 works of art, this beautiful, authoritative volume breaks new ground in exploring the relationship between the historical and the archetypal city of Jerusalem, uncovering the ways in which the aesthetic achievements it inspired enhanced and enlivened the medieval world. Patrons and artists from Christian, Jewish, and Islamic traditions alike focused their attention on the Holy City, endowing and enriching its sacred buildings and creating luxury goods for its residents. This artistic fertility was particularly in evidence between the 11th and the 14th centuries, notwithstanding often devastating circumstances-from the earthquake of 1033 to the fierce battles of the Crusades. Dazzling illustrations featuring new photography complement this unprecedented, panoptic story of Jerusalem in the Middle Ages.