Rabbit blowing a horn. Among the marginal creatures populating medieval manuscripts musical animals are fairly common.

Awake the Trumpets Lofty Sound Petrus Comestor, Historia scholastica (Ashridge Petrus Comestor), England ca. British Library, Royal 3 D VI, fol.

Royal 10 E IV, f. 3, Mermaid and merman

Border in a medieval manuscript with a mermaid and merman. British Library Royal MS 10 E IV Decretals of Gregory IX with glossa ordinaria

Petrus Lombardus (1095?-1160?). Auteur du texte Date d'édition : 1175-1200 Type : manuscrit Langue :	 Latin Droits : domaine public Identifiant : ark:/12148/btv1b85410066 Source : Bibliothèque nationale de France, Département des manuscrits, Latin 14266 Provenance : bnf.fr

Feast your eyes on some of the most exquisite and elaborate lettering ever created, the illuminated manuscripts of the Middle Ages.

Benjamin Harff spent a year and a half creating a handmade version of The Silmarillion. The result was an exquisite sub-creation of one of Tolkien’s greatest posthumously-published works replete with calligraphic text, illustrations, and illuminations, all meticulously hand-bound in goat leather.

German art student, Benjamin Harff, hand-illuminated and bound a copy of J. Tolkien’s Silmarillion.

The letter "b" from the late 10th Century, latin vellum manuscript known as 'Evangelia Ottonis'.

This exquisite celtic knotwork illuminated letter 'b' from the late century, comes from a latin vellum manuscript known as 'Evangelia Ottonis'. The notes at Rylands mention that it is possibly Italian in origin.- I love illuminated letters.

"Even if two scribes knew how make the same letters, it is possible that they would turn out differently"(N. Oresme)

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Page from Medieval Scribe's Artbook, sample alphabet:The Macclesfield Alphabet Book, England, British Library

Red wyvern with green wings in initial A(ccipiat nos misericordia tua domine) for Collect at end of Psalm 78(79). (MS. Ashmole 1525)

Red wyvern with green wings in initial A(ccipiat nos misericordia tua domine) for Collect at end of Psalm (MS.

"H" by Rosemary Buczek - Gorgeous gold work, diapering, and color blending

2 Rosemary Buczek Illuminated monogram "H". A calligraphy artist, she offers her work for custom wedding invitations, etc.

Miniature of St Cuthbert in a boat at sea, with two other men, from Chapter 11 of Bede's prose Life of St Cuthbert, England (Durham), 4th quarter of the 12th century, Yates Thompson MS 26, f. 26r

Miniature of St Cuthbert in a boat at sea, with two other men, from Chapter 11 of Bede's prose Life of St Cuthbert, England (Durham) - late

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