Description The medieval alphabet is illuminated in two different styles. Without any accompanying text, the original purpose of the book remains unclear, but scholars have suggested that it was a sample or model book for manuscript illuminators, or that it was intended as a gift. The book was rebound in the eighteenth century, and in the same century extensive notes, which have since been erased, were made alongside the initials.
|3/13/1989||Examination||examined for technical study|
|8/28/2015||Treatment||examined for digitization; media consolidation|
|4/15/2016||Examination||examined for condition|
- The Medieval Craftsman and His Modern Counterpart. Indiana University Art Museum, Bloomington; Newcomb Art Gallery, Tulane University, New Orleans. 1959.
- Illuminated Manuscripts: Masterpieces in Miniature. The Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore. 1984-1985.
- Manuscripts and Facsimiles. The Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore. 1985.
- The Gothic Revival: The Illuminated Manuscript in Medieval and Modern Times. The Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore. 1991.
- The Artful Book: Selections from a Contemporary Collection of Books by Artists. The Walters Art Museum, Baltimore. 2002-2003.
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- Henry Walters, Léon Gruel, and the Reinvention of the Medieval Manuscript . 2015-2016.
Provenance Henry Walters, Baltimore [date and mode of acquisition unknown]; Walters Art Museum, 1931, by bequest.
Credit Acquired by Henry Walters
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