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In around 1240, Oxford artist William de Brailes was commissioned to produce illustrations for a psalter, of which only seven leaves survive. Now the Folio Society and Italian printer Grafiche Damiani have collaborated to produce the first colour-accurate reproduction on vellum.
- What did the job entail?
The Folio Society's production director Joe Whitlock-Blundell borrowed the six leaves held by Cambridge's Fitzwilliam Museum and the seventh from New York's Morgan Museum.
Only 480 sets were created, each selling for pounds 1,250 and hand-numbered by a calligrapher.
- How was it produced?
An opaque white base layer was applied to each …