Initial FAQs:


Q: Is an initial often several lines in height and in older books or manuscripts?

A: Yes, and sometimes ornately decorated.

Q: Were initials printed using separate blocks in woodcut or metalcut techniques?

A: Yes.

Q: Were initials an Insular invention?

A: Yes, but did not come into their own until the later developments of Ottonian art, Anglo-Saxon art, and the Romanesque style in particular.

Q: Are initials morphologically classified: the rubricated letter?

A: Yes, the epigraphic letter, imitating ancient Roman majuscules; the figurated initial; the historiated initial, that gives spatial support to scenes of a narrative character; etc.