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November 13, 2007–January 27, 2008 at the Getty Center

An Abecedarium

An Abecedarium: Illuminated Alphabets from the Court of Emperor Rudolf II
By Lee Hendrix and Thea Vignau-Wilberg

This book contains the two embellished alphabets that were appended to Mira calligraphiae monumenta, a model book of calligraphy created for Holy Roman Emperor Rudolf II.
(Hardcover, $14.95)

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Beasts Factual and Fantastic

Beasts Factual and Fantastic
By Elizabeth Morrison

Manuscripts of the Middle Ages teem with pictures of animals. The images in this book provide a window onto a time when animals—both factual and fantastic—played a leading role in the medieval imagination.
(Hardcover, $19.95)

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