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Iciar, Juan de
Arte subtilissima, por la qual se enseña a escrevir perfectamente, hecho y experimentado, y agora; de nuevo añadido [First calligraphy manual printed in Spanish]. The first Spanish manual on calligraphy and handwriting, certainly one of the most influential ones over the centuries, and a fine piece of Spanish printing
Zaragoza: Pedro Bernúz, 23 July, 1550. One of the most impressive books printed in Spanish and Spain in the 16th century, and certainly the first and most important manual on the art of calligraphy and handwritting, influential into the 18thcentury, and here in the fine Macclesfield copy. The remarkable illustration comprises: a title-page incorporating insignia of the dedicatee Philip (later Philip II, King of Spain), woodcut portrait of the author aged 25 (folio A4 verso), each letterpress text page enclosed by a four-piece woodcut border (of which there are four designs), full-page woodcut writing samples (some cut white-on-black using criblé techniques), every block (or group of blocks) signed by the cutter Juan de Vingles either in full, with his mark of a sacred heart surmounted by a crown (in one design supported by the lion of Lyons), or his initials idv ; devices of the printers Jorge Coci and Pedro Bernúz on final leaf.1The Arte subtilissima is the revised -and improved- second edition of the first calligraphy and hand­writing manual published in Spain. Like the Italian manuals on which it is modelled, it shows a wide range of styles and alphabets, including the chancery italic, book hands (roman and italic), commercial hands, Roman capitals (including a set copied with few modifications from Dürer), the gothic script, the rotunda, capitals suitable for illumination, monograms and Greek and Hebrew alphabets. The work was an immediate success (six editions appeared before 1566) and continues to be esteemed to this day: 'There can be no doubt that Yciar's book has t … [Click Below for Full Description]
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