Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1957. First edition. Folio, original blue cloth, uncut, original dust jacket. Item #359
"THE INTERACTION OF BYZANTIUM AND THE WEST DURING THE PERIOD OF THEIR CLOSEST CONTACT" First edition of this catalogue surveying the illuminated miniatures produced in the Crusader Kingdoms in the Holy Land during the twelfth and thirteenth centuries. Originating with the study of Queen Melisende's Psalter (early 12th century), which skillfully synthesized artistic elements from the Orthodox East and the Catholic West, Buchtal sought "not only to rescue an important chapter in the history of medieval book illustration from oblivion, but also contribute towards a new assessment of the crucial problem of the interaction of Byzantium and the West during the period of their closest contact." Illustrated with 155 plates, printed on glossy paper, reproducing illuminated miniatures from the scriptoria of Jerusalem and Acre from about 1140 to 1290. The text is divided into two primary sections: The Twelfth Century and The Thirteenth Century. Appendixes: I. Liturgical Notes, II. Palaeographical Note (both by Francis Wormald), III. Catalogue of Manuscripts. An Index of Manuscripts, General Index. With a Preface: "H. B./January 1957." Printed by Charles Batey, Printer to Oxford University and published in co-operation with the Warburg Institute, University of London.