This collection of Illuminated Manuscripts Capital Initials cover the period of the High Renaissance, late 1400s and the 1500s, in some of them same letter was missing (some J and w) I reconstructed them with respect of the Renaissance artist stile. In some of the stiles, specifically the ones that evoke the Roman alphabet, the U and the V are the same: in those cases I duplicated the file and named them U and V to avoid the nuisance of looking for a letter and not finding it. It is regrettable that those books and manuscripts sitting in many libraries and probably acquired trough donations, public funds and fundraisings are kept away from the public. Most of the time the few low-resolution images available are protected with an unrealistic "copyright" notice. Many of those illuminated letters reach us today not trough the libraries that host those precious books but trough publications from the period that goes from the Victorian to the 1920s. Some of my sources are: Schriften Atlas by Ludvig Petzendorfer 1889 Alphabet Album by J. B. Silvestre 1843-1844 Decorative Ornaments and Alphabets of the Renaissance by Henry Lewis Johnson.
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