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The Housebook (was Re: Medieval exhibits in Philadelphia/NYC area?

Poster: Tom Rettie <tom@his.com>

>>Does anyone have any recommendations for any other such
>>sites that would be of interest in that area?

An excellent exhibition that is currently on display in Washington D.C. at
the National Gallery of Art (until January 31st) and will in New York at
the Frick Collection starting May 11th is a display of "The Housebook," a
book on astrology, medicine, the life of knights, mining, warfare, etc.
Completed in 1480, the technical drawings are incredibly precise, and the
illustrative pictures include all sorts of clothing, furniture, tools, etc.
Bring a magnifying glass though, some of them are very small.
Frustratingly, there is little translation of the text though.  Related
artifacts are also displayed, including a very early clock, crossbows,
armor, and related books.

This volume is almost never shown but is being exhibited in conjunction to
the production of a complete facsimile (which can be yours for only
$1,980).  An exhibit book is available with many of the drawings for
considerably less.

Your servant,


Tom Rettie                                         tom@his.com
Heather Bryden                                 bryden@hers.com

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