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Mira calligraphiae monumenta : a sixteenth-century calligraphic manuscript inscribed by Georg Bocskay and illuminated by Joris Hoefnagel /
Lee Hendrix and Thea Vignau-Wilberg.
imprint
Malibu : J. Paul Getty Museum, 1992.
description
x, 412 p. : col. facsims.
ISBN
089236212X :
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imprint
Malibu : J. Paul Getty Museum, 1992.
isbn
089236212X :
general note
Issued in slipcase.
catalogue key
2803825
 
Includes bibliographical references.
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Full Text Reviews
Appeared in Choice on 1993-01:
About 20 years ago, Braziller began publishing a series of relatively affordable facsimiles of famous illuminated manuscripts; now the J. Paul Getty Museum has started a comparable facsimile series of manuscripts from its own collection. This initial volume reproduces an unusual, late manuscript displaying imaginative forms of calligraphy. Written by the virtuoso scribe Georg Bocskay for Emperor Ferdinand I in 1561-62, the pages were illuminated 30 years later by the Fleming Joris Hoefnagel. The 129 folios (supplemented by 22 folios of a "constructed alphabet" by Hoefnagel) demonstrate a remarkable marriage of the written word with exquisite, almost trompe l'oeil renderings of diverse flora and fauna. The facsimile has been produced with great care, and contains useful introductory essays along with full annotations for the "alphabet" pages. While the Getty promises a second volume that will study the manuscript in a more scholarly fashion, 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. J. I. Miller; California State University, Long Beach
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Choice, January 1993
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Table of Contents
Foreword
Preface
Mira callagraphiae monumenta: An Overviewp. 1
Georg Bocskay, The Calligrapherp. 7
Joris Hoefnagel, The Illuminatorp. 15
The Writing Model Bookp. 29
The Constructed Alphabetp. 313
Codicological Description of the Manuscriptp. 411
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