The Illuminated Manuscript Company

specializing in leaves from medieval Europe

The Illuminated Manuscript Company

In the days before printing, books were painstakingly hand-written by scribes and monks who put extraordinary effort into creating magnificently decorated texts.  Gold was a favorite medium in which the scribes and monks worked and they often used it lavishly, creating marvelous illuminated letters, designs, and pictures (called miniatures). Indeed the books were so carefully scribed and the scribes so talented that these books are truly works of art from the middle ages. 

Because of the labor and expense involved, people wishing to own one of these treasures would pay dearly.  Over the centuries, the historical value and artistic beauty of the individual leaves have attracted many collectors who display them as personal treasures from a time long past. 

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