by Danny Garrett
On page 23 we find a remarkable collection of illuminations.
In fact the page is book-ended with a single, and quite beautiful, illumination – that of books arranged both horizontally and vertically and with both a candle and a lamp to illuminate (pun intended). This is one of my favorite of Letitia’s illuminations, as it is a little graphic vignette unto itself. Both the candle and the lamp have their own flames, but the one of the candle is just spectacular.
The owl reappears, but this time with both eyes open. The flowers – two after the first sentence, and three after the second, wrap up the first paragraph.
The second paragraph leads with another coronet/Princess and the only other illumination is the blue butterfly again.
The third paragraph contains the second iteration of the books/candle/lamp illumination, but it is the sunset piece that really dominates the page. It’s a beautiful image of the sun setting behind silhouetted mountains. The clouds in the sky around are just on fire as yellow rays shoot upward. But it is the sun, with its closed and feminine eyes, that steal the show.