Marginalia, Book Decorations and Ornaments

The books produced before, or without, printing are now called 'Manuscripts' one kind, 'Illuminated Manuscripts', which is a title correct enough, and perfectly understood by those who deal in them, or possess them, but 'caviare to the general', most of whom need the information that such are ancient books, which receive their name, and owe their present value, to having ornaments and pictures on them.... Nothing mechanical had shared in the production of them, but every line of the text, and outline of the design, every touch of colour, or gleam of gold, that 'illuminated' and brightened them, was traced and applied by human eye and hand.
Edward Quaile, Illuminated Manuscripts: Their Origin, History and Characteristics









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