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Francis before his conversion

St Francis

Manuscript Leaf with Scenes from the Life of Saint Francis of Assisi, ca. 1320–42 Made in Bologna for Hungarian use

By Jean Bourdichon of Tours, The Annunciation from a Book of Hours, 1485–90, Tempera and gold leaf on parchment, Tours, France. (By Jean Bourdichon of Tours, the foremost illuminator to the court of France during the reigns of Louis XI, Charles VIII, Louis XII, and Francis I (1461–1547)).

Presentation of verses

Saint James the Great (detail) from Breviary of Isabella of Castile, about 1497. British Library

The Beggar Who Professed His Love for a Prince: Folio from the Mantiq al-tair (Language of the Birds) of Farid al-Din Attar, dated A.H. 892 / A.D. 1487. Afghanistan. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. Fletcher Fund, 1963 (63.210.28)

Lewis Carroll's Alice's Adventures Under Ground Original manuscript. The whole book here: http://www.bl.uk/onlinegallery/ttp/alice/accessible/introduction.html

Histoire générale des drogues (General History of Drugs. Pierre Pomet  (French, Paris 1658–1699. Printed 1694. Engraving in printed book 39 × 50 cm. U.S. National Library of Medicine, Bethesda, History of Medicine Division

Detail of puzzle initial. Origin:Italy, Central

Coloured drawings of Adam and Eve at work, and Noah's Ark. Origin:Germany

Script style... Harley 1766 f. 76v (Detail) c. 1450 - c. 1460, English. Miniature of Orpheus lying on his back protecting himself from Thracian women armed with spindles and distaffs. England, S. E. (probably Suffolk, possibly Bury St Edmunds)

Initial 'I'(n) with pen-flourishing, at the beginning of book 2 of Pseudo-Cicero's Rhetorica ad Herennium. Origin:Italy, N. E. (Veneto?, Venice?)

Ceres sowing corn

Illuminated Manuscript, Book of Hours, Walters Art Museum Ms. W.165, fol. 110v by Walters Art Museum Illuminated Manuscripts, via Flickr

Album of Persian and Indian calligraphy and paintings, Mary and Jesus, Walters Manuscript W.668, fol.10b detail by Walters Art Museum Illuminated Manuscripts, via Flickr

Demons Fighting Over an Animal Limb, late 17th century. India. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. Gift of Doris Rubin, in memory of Harry Rubin, 1989 (1989.236.3) | In this painting, set in a fantastic landscape with rocks, trees and a cityscape in the distance, two fearsome demons are seen quarreling over the leg of an animal.

Image from the Glossary for the British Library Catalogue of Illuminated Manuscripts. Tinted Drawing.

Astronomical calendar, by Nicholas of Lynn, ca. 1324

Saint George Carlo Crivelli (Italian, Venice (?), active by 1457–died 1493 Ascoli Piceno)

Margin detail. Flemish c. 1320-30. Psalter