MIRA CALLIGRAPHIAE MONUMENTA: A SIXTEENTH-CENTURY CALLIGRAPHIC MANUSCRIPT INSCRIBED BY GEORG BOCSKAY AND ILLUMINATED BY JORIS HOEFNAGEL

(HOEFNAGEL, JORIS) (BOCSKAY, GEORG). Hendrix, Lee & Thea Vignau-Wilberg. Foreword by John Walsh. Preface by Thomas Kren

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414pp, 170 color illustrations. Text in English. Designed by Lorraine Wild. "In 1561-62 Georg Bocskay, imperial secretary to the Holy Roman Emperor Ferdinand I, inscribed the Mira calligraphiae monumenta as a testament to his preeminence among scribes. He assembled a vast selection of contemporary and historical scripts, which nearly thirty years later were further embellished by Joris Hoefnagel, Europe's last great manuscript illuminator. This book, now in the collection of the Getty Museum, is reproduced here in complete facsimile form, accompanied by a commentary that includes a full description; a discussion of the work's patron, Rudolf II, and his cultural and historical milieu; biographies of Hoefnagel and Bocskay; and an analysis of the manuscript's role in their careers. The manuscript's remarkable calligraphy will be of particular interest not only to scholars but to collectors, graphic designers, and typographers as well". Designed by the estimable Lorraine Wild, this gemlike volume faithfully reproduces the manuscript's exquisite plates alongside translations of the original text and iconography. A brand new, pristine shrinkwrapped example of the fifth and final printing of this important work in the publisher's gilt-stamped linen slipcase, as issued. PLEASE NOTE: Additional shipping costs are required for this item beyond our standard rates due to its value - we will inform you of the applicable amount at time of purchase. Bookseller Inventory #

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Synopsis: In 1561-62, Georg Bocskay, imperial secretary to the Holy Roman Emperor Ferdinand I, inscribed the Mira calligraphiae monumenta as a testament to his preeminence among scribes. He assembled a vast selection of contemporary and historical scripts, which nearly thirty years later were further embellished by Joris Hoefnagel, Europe's last great manuscript illuminator. This book, now in the collection of the J. Paul Getty Museum, is reproduced here in complete facsimile form, accompanied by a commentary that includes a full description; a discussion of its patron, Rudolf II, and his cultural and historical milieu; the biographies of Hoefnagel and Bocskay; and an analysis of the manuscript's role in their careers. The introduction discusses the broader issues raised by the manuscript. Topics include Hoefnagel's nature imagery, which encompasses plants, fruits, and small animals, and its relation to the spread of interest in botany and zoology at the end of the sixteenth century. Another topic is calligraphy and its place in the art and culture of the sixteenth century. The manuscript's remarkable calligraphy will be of particular interest not only to scholars but to collectors, graphic designers, and typographers as well.

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"This small book is a joy to hold and to behold, and should be of special interest to graphic designers, calligraphers, and other artists as well as to art historians. Recommended for all libraries."--Choice


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Title: MIRA CALLIGRAPHIAE MONUMENTA: A ...
Publisher: The J. Paul Getty Museum
Publication Date: 1992
Binding: Gilt-Stamped Cloth in Slipcase
Book Condition: As New
Edition: Fifth Printing.

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