Russian Ornament Sourcebook versus Medieval Russian Ornament in full Color
- I just ordered *The Russian Ornament Sourcebook*, newly published by Vivays
Publishing. I had just acquired their *Russian Elegance:City and Country
Fashion* and was knocked out by it, so I was excited to receive it.
The book itself is beautiful. Its a large hardback with great paper
quality. However, it is important to note that it is primarily a
republication of Victor Butovski's 1870 book. The color plates are
identical to the content already available in *Medieval Russian Ornament in
Full Color* published by Dover. *The Russian Ornament Sourcebook* does have
an interesting introduction by Mary Orlova (translated into 4 languages)
that puts Byzantine illumination into context and discusses some of its
variety and the different types of ornament depending on the function of
the illumination. It briefly discusses the influences on Russian
illumination ornament and is a well written and informative article. In
addition to the color plates, there are also 100 pages of large templates
of individual ornaments to trace or copy. They would most certainly be
useful for making SCA scrolls.
The Dover book list price is $21.95, the Vivay's list price is $39.95. If
you already own *Medieval Russian Ornament in Full Color*, I really doubt
you would want to buy *The Russian Ornament Sourcebook*. If you don't
already own the Dover, the bonus of having a nice hardback, a little more
context, and some traceables might be nice, but i don't know if its worth
almost twice the price.
On the other hand, if you are interested in later period clothing, I cannot
recommend *Russian Elegance* enough with its copious color photographs on
every page. I'm also very interested in *Icons:masterpieces of Russian
art*also put out by Vivay.
Hope that helps and no one else has to waste their money purchasing
information they already own.
Ever to your service,
Dvoryanka Praksedys Turova doch'
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