Medieval Alphabet Book Stays In Britain

A unique alphabet book, offering a selection of spectacular and bizarre fonts to the luxury medieval manuscript illuminator stuck for inspiration, has been bought by the British Library after a £600,000 appeal.

The importance of the small manuscript, dating from 1500 but concealed within an 18th-century binding, had been missed for the centuries as it sat unrecognised in the Earl of Macclesfield's library.

Source: Guardian gallery of images, containing ten images from the book.

The book will go on display in the British Library's treasures gallery from Friday, meanwhile here's a link to some interesting exhibits at the library to whet your appetite.