Brussels, KBR (Koninklijke Bibliotheek van België/Bibliothèque royale de Belgique), MS II 845

Gothic Alphabet of Mary of Burgundy Facsimile Edition

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The Gothic Alphabet of Mary of Burgundy is a manuscript on paper containing a striking calligraphic alphabet. It was made in the southern Low Countries around 1480. The twenty-four impressively large Gothic letters are inhabited with pen-and-ink figures that cavort within tendrils of vines while playing instruments and games of hide-and-seek, offering refreshments, brandishing weapons, and more. The ludic book is furnished with short didactic texts inspired by the adjoining letter of the alphabet and was likely made for Mary, Duchess of Burgundy, the only child of Charles the Bold, Duke of Burgundy.

We have 1 facsimile edition of the manuscript "Gothic Alphabet of Mary of Burgundy": Das Kalligraphiebuch der Maria von Burgund facsimile edition, published by Quaternio Verlag Luzern, 2015

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Manuscript book description compiled by Erin K. Donovan.
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Das Kalligraphiebuch der Maria von Burgund

Lucerne: Quaternio Verlag Luzern, 2015

  • Commentary (English) by König, Eberhard
  • Limited Edition: 1.000 copies
  • This is a partial facsimile of the original document, Gothic Alphabet of Mary of Burgundy: the facsimile might represent only a part, or doesn't attempt to replicate the format, or doesn't imitate the look-and-feel of the original document.

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