by Danny Garrett
Illuminations only here, but they abound.
We start with the usual illumination of the “Fairy Queen” with its accompanying shining star and crown for a queen. This is followed by an equally usual “Princess” and its accompanying coronet. “Morning-Glory” receives a somewhat rare sprig of morning-glories. The paragraph is brief and the illustrations sparse.
Not so with the next paragraph. First off, “fairies” is dressed up in three sparkling stars, while a single shining star adorns “star”. “Fairy King” gets the same treatment as “Fairy Queen”, only with an imperial crown with arches and monde. Letitia has playfully added rounded points to the crown. Further in the paragraph, “fairies” gets the same treatment as before, only this time the sparking stars are multicolored and spill over the tops of other words.
The paragraph ends with spectacular illuminations of both a rainbow and raying sunbeams. Letitia really had a sense of how words and images should interact. She is, of course, taking her cues from voluminous amounts of rich illustrations that go back to the Dark Ages, where even those were inspired by Greco-Roman glyphs. Even those were, in turn, inspired by Egyptian hieroglyphs.