Amsterdam, Bibliotheca Philosophica Hermetica, MS 1, vol. ii, f. 202r
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This initial 'C' is a champie initial, so-called because the gold letter C is set against a background of two colours, pink and blue (French champ pie = pied field). In this manuascript champies often accompany miniatures and serve to mark the first letter of the first word following a picture. Often in this manuscript and in Royal 14.E.III a larger champie serves to mark an important place in the text and to stand instead of a miniature. In those cases the champie is often preceded by a rubric. Here the rubric is above the miniature.