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Midolle, Jean

Published by D'Emil Simon Fils, Strasbourg (1834)

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About this Item: D'Emil Simon Fils, Strasbourg, 1834. Hard Cover. Condition: Very Good. This is a very good hardcover copy in the original binding of brown marbled paper boards with an all-over green design. There is a large printed paper label with the title inset in an elaborately lithographed Gothic style frame. Tan paper covered spine of dark green cloth. The edges of the covers have a little wear. Inside there is an elaborately detailed title-page followed by 32 of 40 numbered plates. No evidence of plates being removed, as binding still very tight, but normally with 40 plates. All plates are black & white lithographs showing an amazing variety of typefaces and alphabets. Many are composed out of very imaginatively worked animals, plants, people or inventions forming the letters. A classic of this genre, here an incomplete copy with various faults, such as browning, tiny foxing, and 2 instances of later careful coloring of initials on different plates. Quite rare in the original binding. Large oblong folio, 11" high X 13 1/2" wide. Call or e-mail for digital photos. This book will be securely wrapped and packed in a sturdy box and shipped with tracking. Seller Inventory # 002416

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Published by Strasbourg, (1834)

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From: Studio Bibliografico Benacense (Riva del garda, Italy)

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About this Item: Strasbourg, 1834. Raccolta di 40 tavole incise (ciascuna protetta da velina). Unito a: MIDOLLE J. Galerie. Compositions executées a la plume. Strasbourg, s.a. (1835 ca.). Raccolta di 39 (di 40) tavole incise (ciascuna protetta da velina). Due opere legate in un volume in-folio (cm. 38). Legatura coeva in mezza pelle verde, dorso liscio con titoli in oro e fregi a secco. Esemplare in eccellente stato di conservazione, marginoso e pulito. La seconda opera è priva (dall'origine) della tavole n. 39. Bella raccolta di due opere che raccolgono le splendide tavole calligrafiche di Midolle che alternano composizioni con alfabeti antichi, artistici e fantastici (vedi ad esempio gli alfabeti ictyomorfi, ornitomorfi ed antropomorfi). Non si conosce molto della vita e della produzione artistica di Jean Midolle (svizzero?) salvo ciò che si evince dalle poche opera arrivate fino a noi. Certo si tratta di uno dei maggiori calligrafi del suo tempo sia per abilità tecnica che per inventiva. Cfr. Bénézit e Bonacini. Seller Inventory # 26129

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About this Item: Strasbourg, Émile Simon, 1834-1835, gr. in-4 oblong, demi-basane olive, dos lisse orné de motifs et d'un décor en long dorés, tr. mouchetées. (GF15A) Réunion tout à fait rare de 3 volumes en un : Écritures modernes. Écritures anciennes. Galerie, donnant, avec souvent une folle virtuosité, des modèles de calligraphie dont certains sont tout à fait étonnants, tels l'alphabet diabolique, la Gothique composée, le Credo en différentes langues, l'alphabet lapidaire monstre, l'alphabet forestier, etc. Les trois volumes comportent 119 planches qui ont été reliées dans le désordre. Jean Midolle, écrivain, artiste, compositeur, est un des maîtres suisses de la calligraphie romantique. Seller Inventory # 5000602

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Alphabet Gothique par Midolle

Published by N.p. (1845)

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From: Bromer Booksellers, Inc., ABAA (Boston, MA, U.S.A.)

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About this Item: N.p., 1845. Midolle, Jean (illustrator). Octavo. (26)ff. A manuscript alphabet book of calligraphic paintings, signed by the artist, Jean Midolle. Includes an elaborately decorated title page, twenty-four letters, and "Fin." A renowned nineteenth-century Swiss calligrapher and miniature-painter, Midolle executed his alphabets in the gothic style of lettering to resemble the text of a medieval manuscript, and often heavily decorated his work. A leading figure in the field of chromolithography, Midolle also hand-colored his work in the fashion of the miniature paintings found in fifteenth-century French illuminated books. Entirely hand drawn, Alphabet Gothique is executed in such a style, with each extensively detailed letter rendered in bright colors that have retained their vibrancy to a remarkable degree. Multi-colored flowers, birds, and serpents are prevalent as compositional motifs, intertwined with the letters themselves. Bound in brown morocco with a cover design by noted American collector Cornelius Hauck. The design depicts an oak tree in brown and green morocco onlays. The tree is situated behind three arched and spired portals in gilt that suggest a cathedral. The spine also incorporates portions of the design. Gilt dentelles and silk endpapers complete this handsome binding, which is a fitting complement to the exquisite artwork inside. A.e.g. Fine. Seller Inventory # 20975

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