Step into the medieval world of illuminated letters with this remarkable volume by Carol Belanger Grafton. Featuring 548 strikingly adorned initials, this collection brings together geometric, curvilinear, animal, religious, and other motifs to form a captivating gallery of decorative letters. Derived from 19th-century reprints of genuine medieval manuscripts, the selection in this book ranges from grand designs that span entire margins or pages to exquisitely delicate miniatures.
Each letter comes to life with royal and saintly figures gracefully interwoven, mythical creatures that add a touch of the fantastical, knights in battle, telling stories of heroism, and exquisite florals that bloom with elegance. Complete with a selection of hand-colored chromolithographs, this volume doesn't merely offer an accessible resource for commercial artists and illustrators. It's also a treasure trove for anyone who admires the rich tradition of manuscript illumination.
Paperback; 43 pages; 8.25” x 11”