Dover Book

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This book goes hand-in-hand with the book and CD-ROM collection called Full-Color Medieval Ornament. While the latter has many other images besides initials, in many cases it is difficult to know what images are actually initials. They are tricky!. Medieval artists were quite good at disguising initials with fancy, and sometimes really odd or humorous designs. And while it is handy to have the designs on the CD-ROM to be easily used on your computer, this present book is most helpful in identification. The examples for each letter of the alphabet are all together on the page. Most letters take up more than one page, although a few, like "K" take less. There were a number of examples on the CD-ROM that I knew were initials, but wasn't sure which one. There were a few that I didn't even realize were initials at all. This book clarified most questionable images.

Of course the disadvantage is that if you want the images in this book on your computer, you must scan them or photograph them with a digital camera, the latter which is my method for all the images I post on this site.

The letters come in all different sizes. There is an "N" that takes up an entire page! For the sake of space and display, I have resized them all to about the same pixels. There is one image per letter, so I will not label them. They are quite interesting! (My apologies that I do not have a better photo editing program.)

A

B

C

D

E

F

G

H

I

J

K

L

M

N

O

P

Q

R

S

T

U

V

W

X

Y

Z

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