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Lilly Library announces publication of Gilding the Lilly, A Hundred Medieval and Illuminated Manuscripts in the Lilly Library

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Softcover: $50.00

Hardcover: $100.00

Limited Edition: $175.00

To order, contact Penny Ramon, perfoste@indiana.edu, (812) 855-2452 or the Friends of Art Bookshop, foabooks@indiana.edu, (812) 855-1333.

October 6, 2010

Gilding the Lilly, A Hundred Medieval and Illuminated Manuscripts in the Lilly Library by Christopher de Hamel
In honor of its 50th anniversary, the Lilly Library at Indiana University—Bloomington is pleased to announce the publication of Gilding the Lilly, A Hundred Medieval and Illuminated Manuscripts in the Lilly Library, written by Christopher de Hamel, Donnelley Fellow Librarian, Corpus Christi College, Cambridge. The title, Gilding the Lilly, refers to both the burnished gold illumination used in many of these manuscripts and to the golden jubilee of the Lilly Library itself, founded in 1960. Dr. De Hamel, a world-renowned medievalist, notes that "many of the manuscripts are described here for the first time, and include items of extreme rarity and delicate beauty."

The Lilly Library manuscripts tell the unfolding story of European book production, art, language, and literature covering 1,000 years from the seventh century to the high renaissance. The result is a graphic and engaging narrative of the survival and dissemination of culture in the pre-industrial world.

Fully illustrated, the book is available for purchase at the Lilly Library by contacting Penny Ramon, perfoste@indiana.edu, (812) 855-2452 and at the Friends of Art Bookshop, foabooks@indiana.edu, (812) 855-1333. The perfect bound soft cover edition is $50; the Smyth Sewn hard cover edition is $100; and the limited edition of 100 signed and slip-cased, hard-cover copies is $175.

The Lilly Library is Indiana University's library for rare books and special collections and one of the eighteen libraries of the Indiana University Bloomington Libraries. It houses more than 400,000 books, 130,000 pieces of sheet music, and approximately 7 million manuscripts.

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