Illuminated Manuscripts--is there a market?


#1

Hey friends,
So some of my favorite books are those that break from traditional structure or organization and do so in a meaningful way, like Danielewski’s House of Leaves or Gaimen and Riddel’s illustrated Neverwhere.
To make a long story short, I’ve been working on something of my own that uses both illustration and formatting in nontraditional ways. I’ve been tossing it around in my head far too long. I like the idea of tagging it an “Illuminated Manuscript” like the books of old with fancy drop-caps and illustrations in margins.
My question is, would you buy that?
If you saw a book in a bookstore that was shelved as fiction/fantasy, and you saw clean black lines on the cover and the tag “illuminated manuscript” would it spark your interest? Or is it too confused in the boundaries between a comic and a graphic novel and an illustrated work, etc?
Just looking for general feedback–is it interesting to you as a reader or no?


#2

It might spark my interest, but I don’t think it would be enough to hold my interest on its own. It might come across as gimmicky to me if I saw that in a bookstore.