Recueil de Chansons et Romances. Calligraphic Manuscript. CALLIGRAPHIC MANUSCRIPT.
Recueil de Chansons et Romances. Calligraphic Manuscript.
Recueil de Chansons et Romances. Calligraphic Manuscript.
Recueil de Chansons et Romances. Calligraphic Manuscript.
Recueil de Chansons et Romances. Calligraphic Manuscript.
Recueil de Chansons et Romances. Calligraphic Manuscript.
Recueil de Chansons et Romances. Calligraphic Manuscript.
Recueil de Chansons et Romances. Calligraphic Manuscript.
Recueil de Chansons et Romances. Calligraphic Manuscript.
Recueil de Chansons et Romances. Calligraphic Manuscript.
Recueil de Chansons et Romances. Calligraphic Manuscript.
Recueil de Chansons et Romances. Calligraphic Manuscript.

Recueil de Chansons et Romances. Calligraphic Manuscript.


A MASTERPIECE OF FRENCH
EIGHTEENTH-CENTURY CALLIGRAPHY

FRENCH CALLIGRAPHIC MANUSCRIPT. Recueil de Chansons et Romances. [4], 108 pp. Square 8vo., 178 x 137 mm, bound in contemporary French red morocco, spine richly decorated with gilt-tooled lyres and floral ornaments in alternating spine compartments, French filet borders on covers, blue silk endpapers and flyleaves, a.e.g. Paris: 1788.

A Superb Calligraphic Manuscript; a masterpiece of eighteenth-century creative text and image. The manuscript is completely written and drawn in black ink on thick papier vergé by a French calligrapher of the Ancien Régime.

The pages of this manuscript contain one image per page, each being an incorporation of words and ornament to create a morphological composition. For example, there appears on page 4 a verse "A Eleonore" where each couplet forms the solid part of a cloverleaf, as a symbol of luck to Eleonore; page 22 is a short verse on the body and soul, set inside a shaped heart composed of a triple floral border; on page 51 one finds a pair of eye-glasses (Les Lunettes) with four couplets of verse in each lens on the subject of seeing matters of life clearly; several pages contain songs with the border ornamentation comprised of musical staves and notes, while the lyrics can be found in the center ornaments. A number of the morphological compositions are shaped into pieces of jewelry, flowers, trees, snowflakes, or furniture (page 50 shows a couplet of verse inside of a table mirror composed of flowers).

The remainder of the pages offer compositions which are purely ornamental in nature, with text and image creating geometric lozanges, circles or a coalescence of circles, partitioned quadrangles, floral rectangles, etc., all of them ornamented with flowers and garlands of a most delicate and exquisite design.

The manuscript is absolutely complete, executed by an exceptional, artistic calligraphic hand. The volume is preserved in a contemporary French red morocco binding in very fine condition.

Item nr. 166935
Price: $22,500.00

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