Ingo F. Walther and Norbert Wolf. Codices Illustres: The World’s Most Famous Illustrated Manuscripts, 400–1600. London: Taschen, 2001.
Chieftain goatskin covers; Harmatan morocco onlays of terracotta, peach, navy, brown, light blue, and gray; gold leaf illumination, blind tooling, relief printing on minokichi paper. Binding serves as both protection for the text and canvas for interpreting the Annunciation. Colors derived from Fra Angelico’s fifteenth-century painting of the same subject which highlights the substantial wings of the angel Gabriel. The front cover depicts such a wing which deftly encircles and contains Mary. The back cover shows a different wing, also encircling a golden nimbus but loosely. Telltale feathers floating away from the wing indicate struggle. Spine detailed with a column based on the portico in the original painting. Endpapers are a relief print.