Kathleen Doyle


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British Library Publishing
20 May 2022
ISBN: 9780712354462
32 pages

From the publisher

Gold is universally appreciated for its beauty and value. Since ancient times, people have found all kinds of ways to incorporate gold into handmade books and documents - gold writing, gold pages, pictures ornamented with gold, gold book covers. This exhibition will bring together some of the British Library's most luxurious golden illuminated manuscripts from around the world to explore the different techniques used to apply gold and to tell the story of gold's significance. The exhibition celebrates cultural diversity by bringing together items from at least 20 different countries worldwide, representing many languages and the major world religions. The majority of items included in the exhibition date from pre-1600, with some South and Southeast Asian objects from the 17th-19th centuries, and some 20th century items. Written and selected by the curatorial team, the dazzling, large-format Gold Exhibition Highlights Book showcases the British Library's exceptional collection of manuscript items incorporating gold as featured in this major exhibition. The featured items have universal appeal and are central to the traditions of book art from around the world.