Beauty in Letters by John P. Wilson
B4352. Beauty in Letters: A Selection of Illuminated Addresses by John P. Wilson. 2021. 144pp. 8.8"x10.8". HardcoverIlluminated addresses--in the form of books, scrolls, certificates, and the like--we…Read More
B4352. Beauty in Letters: A Selection of Illuminated Addresses by John P. Wilson. 2021. 144pp. 8.8"x10.8". Hardcover
Illuminated addresses--in the form of books, scrolls, certificates, and the like--were at their most popular in the late-nineteenth and early-twentieth centuries. Typically written in fine calligraphy and embellished with skilled artwork and lustrous design, they were often bestowed to individuals in celebration of distinguished service or an important event, perhaps to honor a particular achievement or retirement. Each illuminated address is unique. In this stunning exploration of illuminated documents , John P. Wilson shares the larger stories of these works and shows us the beauty created by the skills of the illuminator.
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I'm so pleased the author compiled these beautiful works. It would have been worse for me just to have the illustrations, but he includes the historical information telling the story behind each beautifully illuminated certificate, address announcement, etc. it really is my number one resource both for ideas, wording, even color schemes. Just a wonderful collection of unbelievably ornate documents. If you love illuminated manuscripts, you will appreciate this book!