Among the glories of extant medieval manuscripts are the luxurious illuminated initials by which geometric, curvilinear, animal, spiritual and different motifs intertwine to shape extremely gorgeous and ornamental letters.
For this placing quantity, Carol Belanger Grafton has decided on 548 illuminated letters-alphabetically organized-from nineteenth-century reprints of medieval manuscripts. Listed below are magnificently ornamented initials-a few the period of a complete margin, any other encompassing the web page itself, others subtle miniatures. All are imaginatively and fantastically more suitable with royal and saintly figures, legendary creatures, knights in combat, beautiful florals and a lot more.
Encompassing all of the letters of the alphabet, and together with a number of hand-coloured chromolithographs, this sensible archive of beautiful copyright-unfastened designs now not most effective supplies industrial artists and illustrators with a wealth of usable letters, it provides a ultimate sampling of the traditional artwork of manuscript illuminations.