The Portfolio of Villard de Honnecourt (Paris, Bibliothèque nationale de France, MS Fr 19093)

A New Critical Edition and Color Facsimile with a glossary by Stacey L. Hahn
Barnes, Carl F.
Date published: 
March 2009

This new book by Carl Barnes presents the first high-quality colour facsimile of a key manuscript of Gothic art and architecture and medieval scientific thought, the 'Portfolio' of Villard de Honnecourt, and gives the first complete codicological and palaeographical analysis of the text. Barnes clearly identifies what is and what is not known about Villard himself and the drawings and text in the manuscript, so removing many of the multiple layers of speculation that have clouded study of the work. The book is completed by a full bibliography of studies relating to Villard.