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The Celtic Manuscripts Collection
#406 Vol. 1 Capital Letters
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Auguste Racinet
#423 Vol. 1 Medieval Ornament
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The Illuminated Manuscripts Project

 
 
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The Celtic Manuscripts Collection
Celtic Illuminated Manuscripts Vol. 1
The Book of Kells
Capital Letters, Calligraphy and TTF font.

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Book of Kells illuminates letters art

This first volume includes a large set of 160 illuminated capital letters from the Book of Kells, interlace images lettering of people, animals, fantastic creature, and geometric motifs. The book of Kells contains the most unbelievable Celtic decorative alphabet of all the Irish Celtic Manuscripts. We have hand drawn a large set of them in eps vector format and they are available as royalty free clip art stock images.The set of Celtic lettering that includes the more spectacular and more famous illuminated caps from the Book of Kells is complemented by the insular script lettering calligraphy-writing tools. The Calligraphic Writing Tools (read more on the right side column) include the decorative Insular Majuscule TTF font and a large set of individual Celtic calligraphy letters in their different forms; many letters in the book of Kells change depending on which letter they are close to; we have drawn most of the variations. Those individual letters in the writing tools folder are intended to be used in a graphic program like Adobe Illustrator, FreeHand or Corel Draw to replicate the Celtic calligraphy in authentic to the period looking pages.

Book of Kells high-resolution images

This set of hand drawn royalty free stock images from the Celtic Illuminated Manuscripts Collection are available as CD collections in EPS, WMF, GIF and high resolution TIFF at 600 dpi and/or as instant download in EPS and WMF formats.

Irish Celtic invitations clip art

From our illuminated manuscript art resources this is a special collection of Irish decorative graphics for invitations, it includes decorative illustrations borders, illuminated capital letters, the decorative font and decorative graphic elements to design engagement and wedding invitations reproducing the style of the ancient Celtic art of the manuscripts. Irish Celtic vector graphics eps clip art for engagement and wedding invitations and announcements, wedding reception clip cards, place markers, save the date, unity candle decoration, etc. A sample image of what can be achieved using this collection can be seen in this page.

The Book of Kells at the library of the Trinity College, Dublin Ireland
It was believed that only angels could have written the Book of Kells. The detail in this Irish illuminated manuscript is an amazing exemple of Irish Art, no one symbol, illuminated initial, celtic knot, interlace or page decoration element is duplicated elsewhere in the parchement. Some of the lacing is incredible, in one of the pages on a square of one inch there are over 180 interlacings. Approximately 30 leaves have been lost, the remaining 680 pages (340 folios) of the Book of Kells contains the four gospels in latin, a list of Hebrew names, and the Eusebian cannons. All the calfskin pages are illuminated. The hand of more than one scribe is recognized in the script, three of them being the most relevant.
The Roman Half Uncial was established as the minuscule script for humble manuscripts at the time St. Patrick began his mission to Ireland in 432. The Irish land was behind the influence of the Roman Empire, was unfamiliar with latin and practically had no language of its own, St. Patrick's followers learned and adopted the Roman Half Uncial. The Celtic artistic tradition influenced the script, and Ireland virtual isolation from outside influences made it possible for Irish Calligraphy to evolve in insular script or Irish Uncial. The Irish scribes created an exagerated serif and formalized the script so the humble minuscule Half Uncial became a formal majuscule by the 6th century, the Insular Majuscule.
The Book of Kells is the most spectacular version of this script; the ligatures, letters stretched, calligraphy blending with decorative elements are just superb. Also a less formal and faster form of Celtic calligraphy developed: the Insular Minuscule, there are beautiful samples of this script in the pages of the New Testament. It is uncertain where this Celtic art manuscript was first begun, but evidence points to the Isle of Iona, which was the center of influence of St. Columba and the home of his church. Later, during the Viking raids of the 9th century, it was moved for its protection to Kells Monastery, County Meath, Ireland. The Book of Kells remained in the monastery at Kells until 1541, when the Roman Catholic Church took it for protection. In 1661, it was returned to Ireland and given to the Trinity Library at the Trinity College of Dublin, Ireland by Archbishop Ussher. It has remained at the Trinity College since then and is the most important work that the university library contains. Being the Book of Kells at the Trinity Library, in the Trinity College probably started the tradition of calling typical Celtic decorative elements like Trinity Knot, Trinity Cross, etc.; elements that have nothing to do with what the Cristian Religion calls "Trinity"

A new step in the Illuminated Manuscript Project
Celtic Illuminated Manuscripts

After much research and study, followed by countless hours drafting and redrawing, AlfredoM Graphic Art Studio is proud to present this collection dedicated to ancient Celtic illuminated manuscript art.
Our first three volumes of this collection are dedicated to the beautiful carpet pages, decorative elements, borders and illuminated capitals from the Book of Kells and the Lindisfarne Gospels dating as far back as 1200 years.

The first volume is comprised of 160 wonderfully ornate and unusual Celtic lettering, also includes a comprehensive set of Writing Tools for the Insular Majuscule Calligraphy. The Insular majuscule font, a new specialized font face true to the original hand writing has been created especially to accompany this new collection of Illuminated letter art and the Celtic illuminated Caps from the book of Kells.

The second volume comprises borders, carpet pages, Celtic knots borders and large decorative elements from the Book of Kells and the Lindisfarne gospels beautifully redrawn.

The third volume includes almost all the animals that decorate the pages of the Book of Kells and over 130 page decoration elements and punctuation symbols. The set of those first three volumes allowing recreation of pages of text very similar to ancient manuscripts of that period.

The forth volume includes our largest collection of Celtic borders, headers, dividers, carpet pages and page decorative elements from many of the ancient Celtic illuminated manuscripts: the Book of Durrow, the Book of Mac Durnan, the St. Gallen Manuscript 1395, the Gospel Book MS 40618, the St. Gallen Cod. Sang. 1395, the Book of Deer, the St. Gall Gospel, the Gospels of Mael Brigte' Armagh, the Book of Dimma, the Leofric Missal, the South Hampton Psalter, the Stowe Missal, the St. Gallen Cod. 60, , the St. Gallen Cod. 348, Gospel Book MS Egerton 768, St Gallen Cod. 51, St Chad Gospel and others.

 

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What is in the CDs
_.160 Illuminated Capitals
_.Writing Tools
_.TTF font Insular Majuscule

Also reproductions of Parchments, Antique Books covers and blank pages that can be used as backgrounds.

A complete PDF catalog in every CD.

 
3 CPU License included
Mac and PC compatible
 

Files Formats:
EPS 8
WMF
TIFF 600dpi
GIF

Writing Tools
A font is not enough to recreate a block of text similar to those written in past ages; particularly the text of the Book of Kells and the Lindisfarne Gospel. Simply, we can not reproduce all the variations of a character necessary to connect to neighboring characters with only one letter.
The writing tools included in this CD are aimed at a more skilled group of users. Assembling a title or a line of text letter by letter; or converting a block of text to outline and then replace some of the characters from the font with the ones from the 0_characters_pool file requires the use of vector graphic software like Adobe Illustrator, InDesign or FreeHand, etc. therefore, requiring familiarity with those programs.

This Insular Majuscule font has been designed for use with graphic and editing software, keeping in mind the capabilities of a graphic artist or a graphic designer. In conjunction with the other writing tools available in this CD, it works wonderfully with applications like: Adobe Illustrator, InDesign, PageMaker, Macromedia Freehand, Corel Draw and many other professional programs.
Some word processing applications and other lesser programs don’t reproduce well the kerning of the fonts or simply don’t have kerning capabilities; irregular spacing of characters may occur when using this font with such software programs.

No special skill is required to use the images as clip art in word processing documents, to create letters, cards, invitations, posters, etc.

Vector eps royalty free stock images

Each decorative image and element is meticulously hand-drawn in vector graphic format eps. Many advanced designers will find our eps vector format royalty free stock images with the following desirable feature: preserved, original hierarchies and groupings, (as in the original Illustrator work file) to facilitate modifications and enable the extraction of unique graphic elements. Though resolution-independent vector graphics formats insure high-quality reproduction at any size and allow complete latitude for pre-production modifications, our CD collections also include common pixel-based file formats of each graphic and the WMF vector format supported by Office applications for desktop publication.