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CURRENT READING: Mira calligraphiae monumenta: A Sixteenth-century Calligraphic Manuscript :

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In 1562 Georg Bocskay, imperial secretary to the Holy Roman Emperor Ferdinand I, released this book which featured his painstakingly inscribed hand lettering to prove his prowess as a scribe. Thirty years later Joris Hoefnagel, Europe's last great manuscript illuminator, embellished those original inscriptions to complete what has been described as "the most beautiful book ever created" . The original cost more millions than I could ever hope to own in this lifetime (it is currently in the collection of the J. Paul Getty Museum. Thankfully there is a beautiful reproduction available on amazon for a mere $105.00. Simply put, this is an object so beautiful and touching every graphic designer NEEDS to own a copy. PS. Thanks Mr Keeling for the tip-off!

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