|About the Book|
In the history of the book, the title page and frontispiece were not always the sparse and functional information pages they are today. Vibrantly decorated, they were integral parts of the works they introduced, and in Courtiers & Cannibals, Angels & Amazons, these little-studied pages are explored in their full context.Rodney Shirley examines one hundred important decorative title pages and frontispieces dating from the fifteenth through the nineteenth centuries, analyzing their intricate elements and setting them within the historical contexts of early book printing and the decorative arts. The illustrations range from ornamental art to elaborate images containing complex symbols and allegories and address such diverse topics as cartography, astronomy, and travel. The book also features vibrantly illustrated examples from around the world—including Italy, Germany, Britain, and the United States—and each illustration represents differing techniques in typography, design, and artistic style as they developed over the centuries. A fascinating investigation into the history of the book, this volume will be essential for scholars and bibliophiles alike.