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Calligraphy

calligraphy

Some interesting examples of calligraphy I’ve come across recently.

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Chancery cursive attributed to Pierre Hamon, “Navigation,” the title page from the Harleyian manuscript, c. 1560; in the British Museum, London (MS. 3996, fol. 1).

‘In 1567 Pierre Hamon, secretary and royal writing master to Charles IX of France, published the first copybook printed from engraved metal plates, Alphabet de plusiers sortes de lettres (“Alphabet of Several Sorts of Letters”). Although this title echoes the title of Cresci’s 1560 book, the works are different. Hamon devotes the first part of his book to various forms of the French secretary hand, a style he writes adding such wild embellishments that they seem to take on an independent existence, in contrast to the relatively orderly flourishes found in contemporary Italian writing books. Hamon also takes advantage of the metal engraving process by presenting free-form letters drawn in thin outlines, something beyond the capabilities of the woodcut. The second part of his copybook is given over to formal and informal styles of chancery, following Palatino’s models more than Cresci’s.

Hamon’s early use of metal engraving is generally overlooked in discussions of the printing history of writing books because of the extreme scarcity of his little book. Hamon was arrested in 1569 either for his Protestant religious beliefs, for forging the royal signature, or because he wrote some treasonable verses about the king. In any case, not only was Hamon executed that year, but all of his works were ordered destroyed.’ —from Encyclæpedia Britannica
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icognito
The script, at the top of the page, reminds me of a contemporary type design (based on type found on maps): Incognito (above), designed by Gábor Kóthay for Fountain Type Foundry. And also a bit like Zanzibar, a later design also by Kóthay.

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Some pages from a 100-page book by Urban Wyss, Libellus valde doctus, utilus et elegans, 1549.

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