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The Egerton Genesis

Joslin, Mary Coker;Watson, Carolyn Coker Joslin

Edité par Univ of Toronto Pr, Downsview, Ontario, Canada, 2002
ISBN 10: 0802047580 / ISBN 13: 9780802047588
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Titre : The Egerton Genesis

Éditeur : Univ of Toronto Pr, Downsview, Ontario, Canada

Date d'édition : 2002

Reliure : Hard Cover

Etat du livre : Fine

Etat de la jaquette : Fine

Signé : Inscribed By Author

Edition : First Edition

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This is a fine hardcover first edition copy in a fine, mylar protected DJ. pale gray spine. Inscribed by Mary Coker Joslin on the front flyleaf. N° de réf. du libraire 048160

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Synopsis : M.R. James was prompted to characterize the Egerton Genesis as 'the most puzzling, and also, in view of the wonderful qualities of its drawing and colouring, one of the most fascinating' of all manuscripts he had ever seen. Questions of date, iconographical and stylistic character, artist's training, provenance, purpose, and patronage, largely unanswered since James' time, surround this manuscript. The Egerton Genesis is a pictorial narrative of the biblical Genesis, supplemented by legendary material. It was commissioned in the fourteenth century for the entertainment of a middle-class patron and his friends. From the choice and treatment of texts we learn that this was a patron who relished the drama, who did not require a pretence of scholarship or piety, a patron with a keen eye for human and societal defects and with an earthy sense of humour. A theological dimension is largely lacking from the manuscript, though figural references to the Deity in the visual narrative are always reverential. The book does not glorify kingly figures but rather spoofs the stupidity, lust or veniality of the powerful. The artist points out social conditions of his time, sympathizing with the beggar, with the tithe payer and with the problems of powerless women and ordinary shepherds.This study provides valuable new insights into a fascinating text.

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