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Another authoritative, informative work by Juliet Barker. She includes a lot of detail, which makes this not a casual read. Unlike many authors, she includes modern-day currency equivalents in parentheses after listing any period amount. This allows the reader to easily compare amounts that may have originally been in different currencies. A small ...
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—Updated Aug 16, 2012



Posate, pugnali, coltelli da caccia: Del Museo nazionale del Bargello (Mostre del Museo nazionale del Bargello)
by Luciano Salvatici

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A great little book. This covers knives, daggers, hunting knives, and some cutlery (plus a few scabbards) from the Museo Nazionale Bargello in Italy. The text is in Italian, but easily translatable with online tools. 180 items are pictured and described and listed with basic stats (overall length and blade length).

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—Updated Mar 13, 2010



The Royal Armoury at Greenwich 1515-1649: A History of Its Technology (Royal Armouries Monograph)
by Alan Williams, Anthony de Reuck

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This is a fascinating look at the technology and metallurgy of Greenwich armour. It includes a history of the workshop and analysis of steel and heat-treating. It also has microscopic analysis of specimens from many of the armours. It discusses decorative techniques as well, since some of them could play into the heat-treating process.

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—Updated Feb 18, 2010



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One of the best of the Braziller facsimiles, this is a facsimile of one of the Book of Hours owned by this powerful French Duke and is perhaps the most beautiful of all surviving illuminated books of hours. Dated to circa 1410, it is the work of a number of artists, three of which have been identified. All these facsimiles are beautifully done with vivid ...
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A beautiful Braziller facsimile of an early 15th century book of hours owned by the powerful Visconti family of Milan. Filled with well-drawn and vividly coloured illustrations of 15th century life.

Copies of these facsimiles can be bought for reasonable prices and are well worth it if you like period art.
—Updated Feb 13, 2010



The Rohan Master: A Book of Hours
by Marcel Thomas

This powerful and breathtakingly beautiful Book of Hours was designed in the fifteenth century by one of the greatest masters of expressionism in France at the ...

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Another Braziller facsimile. This one is dated to 1430-1435 and is by an unidentified artist (or collection of artists) known as the Rohan Master since the heraldic arms of the Rohan family appear in some places in it. Some beautiful art showing a wide variety of scenes.

If you like period art, these are worth picking up as used copies are ...
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—Updated Feb 13, 2010



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Part of the series of facsimiles put out by George Braziller in the 1960s and 1970s. This facsimile is of a book of hours dated to circa 1440 and is by an unknown Dutch Artist. These books are treasure troves of period art, depicting everyday life, military scenes, feasts, etc.

If you're into period art, I recommend these heartily. Decent ...
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—Updated Feb 13, 2010



Harnische
by Bruno Thomas

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This little book must discuss harnesses (suits of armour), but since it's in German, I'm just guessing. :) It's by Bruno Thomas, a noted author on armour. The back half of the book contains black and white pics of a number of harnesses.

Nothing earth-shattering here, and might be worth picking up out of curiosity or just to have one more ...
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—Updated Feb 13, 2010



Armi e armature lombarde
by Lionello Giorgio Boccia

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This oversized book is one of the rarer titles out there, perhaps even more rare than Boccia's Armi Bianche Italiane. It pictures well over 300 examples of Lombardic arms and armour (Lombardy is a region in north central Italy). The text is in Italian and the high-quality photos are in B&W and colour.

This one is tough to find and expensive ...
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—Updated Feb 13, 2010



Armi E Armature Europee
by Thomas B., Gamber O., Schedelmann H.

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From the same series and publisher that brought us Armi Bianche Italiane. There's some introductory text (in Italian), but most of the book consists of colour and B&W photos of beautiful and significant pieces of European Armour. Some great pieces are shown, though a number of them can also be seen (in slightly smaller photos) in other, cheaper works by ...
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—Updated Feb 13, 2010



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