The sense-memory of colour runs deep... As soon as I saw @louise.bescond 's celestial new binding, I was transported to the multitudinous blues of the Limbourg brothers, in the calendar folios of Les Très Riches Heures du Duc de Berry. Even the name of that book feels talismanic - one of my earliest memories of reading, from before I could read words, is sitting silently and turning the pages of a facsimile edition of this book that my mother owned. I didn't understand what the name meant, when my mother read it aloud to me, but I adored it all the same - it sounded as lush and luxurious as the images within. It was on 'grown-up' bookshelves, but it drew me like a moth to a flame, dazzled by the illuminated glories of those pages.
It's perhaps no surprise that I became a medieval book historian, but on the other hand perhaps it is - there aren't too many such books in Australia, and yet I've been fortunate to stay in my home and work with the books that continue to inflame me. Like Proust's madeleines, Louise's binding sent me back to my beginnings, in the excellent company of my new friend Kitty, who will be staying with me for a few months and whose magnificent green eyes give the Limbourg blues a run for their money 💙✨💚 #rarebooks #medievalmanuscript #facsimile #medieval #illumination #light #learning #blue #celestial #limbourgbrothers #limbourg #illuminated #kitty #greeneyes #colour #memory #calendar #proust #alarecherchedutempsperdu #timepasses