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These volumes triumphantly justify "paper cataloguing".... The authors and sponsors are to be warmly congratulated and urged to complete a series that makes a fundamental contribution to knowledge.

Catherine Reynolds, The Burlington Magazine 153 (2011)

This updating of the traditional manuscript catalogue is a very useful addition to the scholarship on manuscripts in English collections, in part because of the precision and brevity of the updated information, but especially because of the sumptuous illustrations, which provide the irreplaceable visual context for the textual information the catalogue presents.

Stephen Clanchy, Speculum 86/3 (2011)

The illustration in color of so many details of text ornamentation is both unusual and highly praiseworthy.... Any scholarly library needs this volume.... Highly recommended. 

L. Nees, Choice (August 2014)

Since 2003, the Cambridge Illuminations team has been researching and cataloguing the 4000 illuminated Western manuscripts and incunabula at the Fitzwilliam Museum and the Cambridge Colleges. Initially funded by a three-year grant from the Arts and Humanities Research Council, continued by a one-year grant from the Modern Humanities Research Association (2007), the project is now supported entirely by a private sponsor.

A high point of the project was The Cambridge Illuminations exhibition (26 July - 11 December 2005). Hosted by the Fitzwilliam Museum and the University Library, it displayed over 200 of the most important manuscripts in Cambridge and was accompanied by its own catalogue, The Cambridge Illuminations: Ten Centuries of Book Production in the Medieval West, ed. P. Binski and S. Panayotova, London and Turnhout: Harvey Miller/Brepols, 2005. The exhibition closed with a major international conference (8 - 10 December 2005), whose proceedings were published in 2007, The Cambridge Illuminations: The Conference Papers, ed. S. Panayotova, London and Turnhout: Harvey Miller/Brepols, 2007.

Based at the Fitzwilliam Museum, the project is producing a multi-volume series of catalogues of some 4000 illuminated Western manuscripts and incunabula at the Fitzwilliam Museum and the Cambridge Colleges. The team, led by Professor Nigel Morgan and Dr Stella Panayotova, currently includes Dr Lynda Dennison, Dr Deirdre Jackson, and Dr Suzanne Reynolds.

The following catalogues in the series have been published so far:

  • A Catalogue of Western Book Illumination in the Fitzwilliam Museum and the Cambridge Colleges, Part I: The Frankish Kingdoms, Northern Netherlands, Germany, Bohemia, Hungary, Austria, The Meuse Region and Southern Netherlands, ed. N. Morgan and S. Panayotova, London and Turnhout: Harvey Miller/Brepols, 2009
  • A Catalogue of Western Book Illumination in the Fitzwilliam Museum and the Cambridge Colleges, Part II: Italy and the Iberian Peninsula, ed. N. Morgan, S. Panayotova and S. Reynolds, London and Turnhout: Harvey Miller/Brepols, 2011
  • A Catalogue of Western Book Illumination in the Fitzwilliam Museum and the Cambridge Colleges, Part IV: The British Isles. Volume I: Insular and Anglo-Saxon Manuscripts, ed. N. Morgan and S. Panayotova, with the assistance of Rebecca Rushforth, London and Turnhout: Harvey Miller/Brepols, 2013
  • A Catalogue of Western Book Illumination in the Fitzwilliam Museum and the Cambridge Colleges, Part III: France. Volume I: France, c. 1050-c. 1175, ed. D. Jackson, N. Morgan and S. Panayotova, London and Turnhout: Harvey Miller/Brepols, 2015

​Subsequent volumes, currently in preparation, will cover illuminated incunabula (scheduled for publication in late 2016), and the remaining English and French manuscripts.