'Gorgeously illustrated ... Buy six copies and declare your Christmas shopping over'
'A fascinating look at the ways in which artists have sought to communicate, entertain and intrigue their audience through the inclusion of books in their paintings'
'A scenic wander through what turns out to be rather more than a byway of art history'
Art Book Review
'The authors’ pooled expertise in history, art and publishing inform this sweeping exploration of that treasured human possession, the book … a fascinating work, by its very nature gorgeous'
'A beautiful book which acknowledges how art and literature both define us and make commentary on us as civilized beings'
'Charming … our interactions with books during the last 500 years are more symbolic than we might think, and are therefore unlikely to be completely replaced'
'Essential reading for anyone wishing to understand the long, interwoven histories of paintings and books'
'Fascinating … a book full of surprises'
Shiny New Books
The Times, Art Books of the Year
'Dark winter evenings have been lit up here in Oxford by this intricate work of great subtlety, strangeness, and delight. I’ve been stopped in my tracks by thought-provoking turns in the text'
Alexandra Harris, author of 'Romantic Moderns'