10 June 2018
The Folio Society has produced an exclusive edition of James Campbell’s epic work on the Anglo-Saxons, which include an exclusive companion publication of colourful artefacts and artworks.
James Campbell’s The Anglo-Saxons remains the authoritative title despite the publication of subsequent books on the period – it is a remarkable history created for a general readership.
The new The Folio Society edition of this ground-breaking volume includes maps and diagrams, as well as over 60 black and white photographs of archaeological sites and surviving defences and churches. Campbell placed art and craftsmanship at the forefront of his work and these images illustrate their importance in understanding Anglo-Saxon culture.
The Folio Society has produced a companion photo-volume which includes a total of 136 colour images, many photographs of the artefacts and artworks have been specially commissioned for this edition. Each object is dedicated ample space in order to fully appreciate their incredible artistry and exquisite detail including: the treasures of Sutton Hoo; pages from the Lindisfarne Gospels; intricate jewellery; the Alfred Jewel; beautiful ivory caskets; and elaborate gold and silver vessels.
A new introduction by British Museum curator Gareth Williams adds a fascinating addendum of the latest archaeological discoveries and illustrator Yann Legendre acknowledges the Anglo-Saxon love of gold in his striking blocked binding designs – based on finds from Sutton Hoo, the famous helmet and the Great Gold Buckle.
In his introduction, Gareth Williams writes: ‘The Anglo-Saxons is one of the most important and influential general overviews of Anglo-Saxon history written to date.’
The impressive book and the companion illustration are available exclusively from The Folio Society at www.foliosociety.com for £120.
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