The Macclesfield Alphabet
- Art Funded
- 25 x 17.5 cm
- Private vendor
Only a handful of medieval artistsÂ’ model books like this one survive. Macclesfield Alphabet Book is of outstanding significance for re-assessing the role of individual and workshop production of luxury books in late-medieval Britain. It is filled with fourteen different types of alphabets, ranging from simple letters in Gothic script to large coloured anthropomorphic initials modelled after fifteenth-century woodcuts or engravings. This work was acquired with assistance from the Wolfson Foundation.
By descent through the Earls of Macclesfield since circa 1750 as part of the Shirburn Library.