Macclesfield Alphabet Book showcases 16th century design

The recent discovery of the Macclesfield Alphabet Book brought smiles to the lips of experts at the British Library. The 16th century 'model' or 'pattern' book was designed to display the skills of the illuminator for potential clients. (photos)

The book includes"14 different types of decorative alphabets with designs for different styles of script, letters, initials and decorative borders." The Library hopes to acquire the book which has been in private collection of the Earls of Macclesfield since around 1750.