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: Old picture books; with other essays on bookish subjects
: Pollard, Alfred W. (Alfred William), 1859-1944 Pollard, Alice
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: London : Methuen and co.
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3. FROM THE GERMAN BIBLE PRINTED BY FRISNER AND SENSENSCHMIDTAT NUREMBERG, ABOUT I476 Outside Germany, as we have said, pictorial initials didnot flourish much in the early days of printing, for thefinest printers, as a rule, abjured initials altogether, andthe few who used them rightly preferred purely decorativedesigns. In France, in some editions of the Mer desHistoires and similar books, we find two or three of verylarge size, a huge I, with a figure of Christ within it, andthe P here reproduced (fig. 4), with the usual picture of PICTORIAL AND HERALDIC INITIALS 129 an author at his work. Verard, however, and the fewother fifteenth-century pubHshers who employed initials,preferred grotesques to pictures, which only occasionally,as in the magnificent L from the Mer des Histoires of
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4. FROM AN OROSIUS PUBLISHED BY VERARD, 1509 Pierre Le Rouge, have any high pictorial value. Inanother L, used at Paris and at Lyons, we have inter-twined the faces of an old man and a young couple flirting.It was no doubt specially designed for the 1492 edition ofI I30 OLD PICTURE BOOKS the Matheolus, or quinze joies du mariage, in which itseems to have made its first appearance. The monkeyand bagpipes L of the Recueil des histoires troyennes,and the S. George-and-the-Dragon L of a Lyons reprint
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