Posted on 9th July 2014 by simonbeattie

I have long been interested in the intersection of manuscript and print culture.  The wonderful 2011 exhibition at the Art Institute of Chicago Altered and Adorned was full of fascinating examples.

Here is another, which came in recently:

It is manuscript biographical dictionary (202 × 163 mm), created in Germany in about 1750, in which the anonymous compiler has pasted engravings of the 100-odd subjects—writers, scholars, composers, divines—to the rectos of the leaves, leaving space for descriptive text on the facing pages.  Around half the entries have been completed, in neat manuscript ink, often with cross-references to printed sources.  A number of the portraits are by Melchior Haffner, taken from Spizelius’s Templum honoris reseratum (Augsburg, 1673).

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