Description This alphabet book, a repository of foliate patterns and letter designs, may have served as a pattern book used by a scribe to demonstrate his skills or to delight a collector interested in illumination or script. The carefully rendered flora and fauna, such as the iris and butterfly that embellish the letter L and the blue-flowered delphinium found in the illuminated M on the facing page, recall the precision of the flora depicted in contemporary herbal works.
- Illuminated Manuscripts: Masterpieces in Miniature. The Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore. 1984-1985.
- 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.
- Paradise Imagined: Images of the Garden in the Islamic and Christian World. The Walters Art Museum, Baltimore. 2012.
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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