Robert and I went yesterday to a special evening viewing with Lady Cassandra Tantifer, member of the Calligraphy and Lettering Arts Society (CLAS).
- Lambeth Bible - bigger than you ever expected! one of the three definitive Romanesque bibles
- one of the handful of illuminated Gutenberg Bibles, printed on vellum, not paper (whitework to die for)
- the warrant for Mary Queen of Scots execution
- some correspondence from Elizabeth, with a holograph addendum (ie. in her own hand) saying that she'd had the pox, but you could hardly tell now, she's recovered so well
Another gem is the catalogue, which as Patricia Lovett the host pointed out, showed as much calligraphy as illumination - every item gets several pages of pictures. Glorious. Well worth the price (£15 for the duration of the exhibit, I think).