"The History of Alexander the Great" by Scot McKendrick

The History of Alexander the Great Scot McKendrick

Publication date:
31 Mar 2006
J. Paul Getty Museum
117 pages: 505 x 355 x 45mm
29 col and 13 b/w plates

A lavishly produced monograph about a late 15th Century illuminated manuscript. The text is a translation into French, by Vasco da Lucena, of one of the primary sources for the life of Alexander. The illustrations portray the events of the story in contemporary costumes and settings. Now in the John Paul Getty collection, this publication discusses the history of the text and the manuscript itself, with full colour reproduction of each illustration. A beautiful book about a beautiful manuscript.

Scot McKendrick is curator of manuscripts at the British Library and is a teacher of the history of books at London University. He is joint editor of the Summary Catalogue of Greek Manuscripts and assistant editor of the Catalogue of Additions to the Manuscripts (New Series) 1976-1980. He has lectured and published extensively on late medieval illuminated manuscripts and tapestries.