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.
- Henry Walters, Léon Gruel, and the Reinvention of the Medieval Manuscript . 2015-2016.
Provenance Léon Gruel, Paris, late 19th-early 20th century ; purchased by Henry Walters, Baltimore, 1895-1900; by bequest to Walters Art Museum, 1931.  Gruel and Engelmann bookplate inscribed "No. 1183"; "1183" on flyleaf iv
Credit Acquired by Henry Walters
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