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Historiated Initials With Dawn And Birds, In James Le Palmer's Encyclopaedia 'All Good Things'

Historiated Initials With Dawn And Birds, In James Le Palmer's Encyclopaedia 'All Good Things'

Medium: Ink, pigments and gold on vellum

Date: 1370

Shelfmark: Royal MS 6 E.vi

Item number: f.167v

Length: 45.2

Width: 30.4

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Illuminated manuscript

James le Palmer (d. 1375) was a London Clerk who, as he tells us in the introduction, consulted over 100 different texts in compiling this vast encyclopaedia of canon law, theology, and general information. James wrote the book himself, which was a huge undertaking: in its present, unfinished form (the encyclopaedia runs out of steam after the letter 'M'), the text runs to well over very 2000 large pages, decorated with over 800 illustrations. The historiated initials 'A' (Aurora and Aves) on this page show the artist's attempt to depict dawn (light from the lower left corner replacing a dark sky and star in the upper right), and several kinds of birds.

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