Page 52: The Fairy King realized there was no time to be lost and as the humming-bird could fly faster than anyone else in Fairyland, he gave him his magic want do carry to Princess April Morning-Glory.
And so the story begins. Much illumination on the page, starting with the illuminated initial, the “O” in “Once upon a time…” The term itself is derived from the Latin initialis, or standing at the beginning. When, as in this case, the initial is nested in an ornate space, and with images inside them, they are known as historiated initials. This is exactly what we have here with butterflies, plants – including a grinning countenance, and a custom border. Continue reading →