The Bibliographical Decameron; Or, Ten Days Pleasant Discourse Upon Illuminated Manuscripts, and Subjects Connected with Early Engraving, Typography, and Bibliography Volume 2

The Bibliographical Decameron; Or, Ten Days Pleasant Discourse Upon Illuminated Manuscripts, and Subjects Connected with Early Engraving, Typography, and Bibliography Volume 2

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1817 edition. Excerpt: ...A volume of some good 200 Lisardo. Ask me, rather, where is the square foot of ground in Salishury Plain, which the meridian Sun, after he has entered Cancer, (as the astronomer's designate the summer-solstice) doth not illumine with his rays? No such spot can he found. So of the decorative volumes of the great names you have just mentioned; names, which have heen rendered douhly dear and illustrious to me since I have heard them so copiously descanted upon hy Lysander. Of these printers then, I say, where is the well-chosen lihrary, which, upon careful examination, doth not afford some few dozen exquisite specimens of the taste, especially in the titlepages, with which their puhlications are 'got up'? None such, I trust, are known to the circle around me. But I will answer Philemon's question more directly, and in such answer, endeavour to ' sum up with e'clat'--as he is pleased to hespeak such a peroration. Lysander, if you rememher, shewed us a lovely little hit, containing the Giolito-Eagle, in the centre of an ornament forming the greater part of the title-page of one of the Giolito puhlications... But will that frontispiece--will any decorative title-page--presume 'to lift its head' ahove the one which I shall immediately place hefore you!? I see that' expectation stands on tiptoe!'... yet I am fearless respecting the issue. Look, gaze, and admire.l--'Tis from Cardinal Bembo's History of Venice, of the date of 1551, in folio; printed hy the Aldine Family. pages, might he put forth illustrative of the taste displayed in the frontispieces of the hooks printed hy these eminent typographers. My memory at this moment happens to serve me with a most admirahle and elahorate horder round the title-page of the ' Quinta Classis Galeni Lihrorum, quae...show more

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  • Paperback | 176 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 10mm | 327g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 123664560X
  • 9781236645609