The manuscript that I selected was Alice’s Adventures Under Ground. My first impression of this manuscript was that it was beautifully written. The entire manuscript appeared to be bound in a leather cover with the title printed in gold. This could imply that it was held in high regards. All the print was uniformly written and the spacing was consistent throughout. It is one that I would love to add to my personal library!
I found all four principles of design represented within the works. An example of contrast could be found in the use of the printed page. The print looked like it was in calligraphy with black ink. The letters of the body text were uniform in size and color except for the titles of the chapters. The first letter in the word “chapter” and the number of the chapter were written in large, crimson red calligraphy print. The chapter titles were about ten times as big as the body text. An example of repetition could be seen in the uniform size of letters and they were written very straight horizontally as if a straightedge had been used. Another example of repetition was that a beautiful leaf vine was separating the chapter titles from the body text throughout the entire manuscript. Repetition was also shown in the pictures. They were all sketched in great detail. An alignment example would be that there was even spacing all around the page between the page edge and the print as well as the pictures. All of the smaller pictures were inside a square space along the edges of the page. There were no lines around the drawing, but it was as if someone had measured a square off to the side and the sketch was inside the square fitting perfectly. The print aligned perfectly up to the drawing for the length of the drawing until it could again go across the full width of the page. The example of proximity could be found with these sketches as well. The sketches were aligned to the right or left of the print that mentioned the happenings in the sketches. This gave the reader an ease of looking slightly right or left of the print to focus on the sketch. Another example of proximity was the use of the sketches that covered a whole page. Again, there was perfect alignment with the drawing being in the middle of the page with the exact same space between the drawing and the edge of the page. Except this time, the drawing had an outline in the shape of a rectangle. The sketch took up the entire space within the rectangle outline as if to bring closure to the sketch.