- Malibu: J. Paul Getty Museum, 1992.
- large 12mo.
- cloth, cloth-covered slipcase.
- x, 412 pages.
Price: $150.00 other currencies
Order Nr. 52257
First edition. A fine copy in fine slipcase. In the 1560's, the imperial secretary of Ferdinand I, G. Bocskay (d.1575) produced a model book of calligraphy, mostly on vellum and decorated with gold and silver. About 1590, the Flemish miniaturist J. Hoefnagel (1576-1612), court artist for Rudolf II (grandson of Ferd. I) added illuminations to the model book at the request of his patron. Hoefnagel also produced his own manuscript, a constructed alphabet of upper-case Roman and lower-case Gothic letters on 22 folios elaborately illuminated and decorated. This separate manuscript by Hoefnagel was then bound together with the Bocskay work illuminated by Hoefnagel, and the resulting work came, eventually, into the possession of the Getty Museum.
The Bocskay-Hoefnagel portion of this work is introduced by four essays by Lee Hendrix and Thea Vignau-Wilberg, followed by reproductions of the folio pages on the right with captions facing on the left. A fifth essay, by Wilberg on constructed alphabets, follows this, followed in turn by reproductions of the Hoefnagel portion of the manuscript, in which reproductions alternate with pages of explanatory notes. Should interest students of late Renaissance calligraphy, or of late Renaissance-early Baroque imagery and symbolism.