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  Statutes of Edward IV  


Nova Statuta, to the eighth year of Edward IV
England, probably London, c. 1470

Historiated Initial E with King Edward IV and His Court. An English lawyer might have owned an illuminated law book such as this one that contains the statutes of the English kings up to the eighth year of Edward IV's reign. Here the initial letter E, for Edwardus, shows King Edward IV seated on a throne surrounded by his advisors. To the right, the figures wear ermine collars and gowns with stripes on the sleeve, clothing appropriate for lawyers. The border with its feathery sprays and pinecone and pumpkin-like motifs was executed by a popular, though anonymous, London artist.

The Free Library of Philadelphia, Rare Book Department, Carson LC14/9.5, fol. 245

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