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  Donald King's Collected Textile Studies
edited by A. Muthesius and M. King

Pindar Press, 2002

456 pages, 150 illustrations, 24 x 17 cm
ISBN: 1 899828 66 4, price: 150,00 (cloth bound)

forthcoming in spring 2002
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  press release:  
  This publication gathers together for the first time a representative selection of Donald King's scholarship, in seventeen studies written and published over the period 1960-1999.
Seven of the papers are grouped to illustrate the wide range of techniques across which he was able to publish. Three further papers illustrate his tremendous facility for close technical analysis of his materials, whilst his linguistic gifts, which allowed him to solve the intricate puzzle posed by textile terminology used in medieval sources, are celebrated in four further papers. Study II shows how he integrated these different avenues of approach into the intricate textile method that he developed. Two more papers have been included, to illustrate Donald King's notabel ability to communicate his enthusiasm and expertise about textiles to a wide audience. The study entitled "Magic in the Web" was designed to engage the general public and it was received with tremendous enthusiasm both as a lecture and as a published piece. The paper on "Early Textiles with Hunting subjects in the Keir collection" served both the academic and the museum world, and it illustrated for the connoisseur what could be learnt by those engaged in building up private collections of medieval textiles.

I: Early textiles with hunting subjects in the Keir Collection;
II: The textiles found near Rayy about 1900;
III: Some notes on warp faced compound weaves;
IV: Sur la signification de 'diasprum';
V: Two medieval textile terms: 'Draps d'Ache', 'Draps de l'Arrest';
VI: Types of silk cloths used in England 1200-1500;
VII: Silk weaves of Lucca in 1376;
VIII: A parallel for the linen of the Turin shroud;
IX: Some unrecognised Venetian woven fabrics;
X: A Venetian embroidered altar frontal;
XI: Medieval and Renaissance embroidery from Spain;
XII: How many Apocalypse tapestries?
XIII: Textiles and the origins of printing in Europe;
XIV: The Ardabil puzzle unravelled;
XV: The carpet collection of Cardinal Wolsey;
XVI: Roman and Byzantine dress in Egypt;
XVII: Magic in the Web;
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