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Mira calligraphiae monumenta
Mira calligraphiae monumenta
A Sixteenth-Century Calligraphic Manuscript
Lee Hendrix and Thea Vignau-Wilberg
Inscribed by Georg Bocskay and Illuminated by Joris Hoefnagel

J. Paul Getty Museum
412 pages, 5 1/2 x 7 1/2 inches
170 color plates
ISBN 978-0-89236-212-7
hardcover, Out of Stock Indefinitely  1992

"The ultimate book-lover's gift book."
Los Angeles Times


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.

See sample pages of botanical images and illuminated alphabets from the Mira calligraphiae monumenta, as reprinted in Nature Illuminated and An Abecedarium, also published by the Getty Museum.

This title is out of stock indefinitely. Please look for it at your local libraries and/or used bookstores.

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