Celtic and Anglo-Saxon Painting

by Carl Nordenfalk
Braziller, $19.95; $9.95 paper
In the eighth and ninth centuries, book illumination flourished in Britain. The lovely reproductions in this volume show how the art evolved from early simplicity to the radiant Book of Kells, while the text gives enough historical background to account for some—not all—of the developments. Forty-eight color plates, black-and-whites, bibliography.