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CHIASSI, Onorato]
Manuscript Writing Book with Ornamental Borders.
Milan n.p. 1645. Oblong 4to [30 x 21.5 cm], (56) ff. of which 40 written and signed by Chiassi, including three alphabets, all except one written and ornamented on recto only, 27 pages with finely executed drawings, generally 4 subjects per page surrounding calligraphic sample, (5) blank ff., (10) ff. in a later hand and without ornamentation. Bound in contemporary flexible vellum, covers gilt-stamped with ornamental borders and title ‘Scritto da P. Honorato Chiaissi," front cover soiled and worn; fingersoiling in lower right corners, some soiling on scattered leaves, minimal toning. An internally excellent copy in a splendid contemporary binding. Elaborate manuscript notebook by a mid-seventeenth-century priest from Milan containing his own aphorisms, observations and quotations modeled after contemporary calligraphy manuals with unusually elaborate and well-executed figurative borders drawn in his hand, and interspersed with anguished outbursts on love’s torment in a later hand. Chiassi’s drawings, modelled from Antonio Tempesta’s Hunting Scenes and contemporary emblem books, show mythological figures, exotic animals and putti, often matched to the content of the text: While we find no evidence that Chiassi was a professional artist, the numerous drawings show an unusually competent hand for an amateur. A peacock and a monkey adorn the calligraphed text on vanity and conceit; the drawing of a blond woman with a provocative décolleté appears next to a warning on women’s artifice. Chiassi borrowed his border imagery with great creativity and wit, sometimes hiding parts of t … [Click Below for Full Description]
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