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Nine Historiated Initials With Marginal Sketches, In James Le Palmer's Encyclopaedia 'All Good Things'

Nine Historiated Initials With Marginal Sketches, 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.240

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. These initials 'C' represent the entries for cavern, Cappadocia, Kent, Cantabria (in Spain), Canaan, Campania (in Italy), Gavdos (a Mediterranean island), pebble, and limestone. Faint sketches can be seen in the side margins, which acted as guides to the illuminator.

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