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(2) 2 very rare engraved calligraphic model books / 106

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Description: 2 very rare engraved calligraphic model books from revolutionary Paris

[WRITING BOOKS]. MONTFORT, Guillaume.
Fables d'Ésope.

Paris, Chez Jean, [ca. 1800]. With engraved calligraphic title, and 18 full-page calligraphic engraved plates, each with the calligraphic engraved text of an animal fable, an engraved oval illustration by Noël at the top and a calligraphic drawing of the main fable animal at the bottom (numbered 1-19).

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(2) SAINTOMER, and Guillaume MONTFORT. Déclaration des droits et de l'homme et du citoyen acceptée par le peuple Français le 10 Août 1793. Paris, Chez Jean, [after 1793]. With richly engraved calligraphic title, 6 plates with the calligraphic engraved text of the "Declaration of Human Rights" (numbered 1-7) and 11 full-page engraved calligraphic plates (numbered 8-18), another engraved plate with calligraphy (numbered 23) and a plate showing an English writing hand (numbered 11).
2 works in 1 volume. Large folio (45 x 30 cm). Modern half vellum with marbled boards.[19]; [20] ll.

Two very rare French calligraphic model books published at the height of the French Revolution. The first writing book with the plates numbered 1-19, was calligraphed by the Paris writing master Guillaume Montfort (1759-1802) and consists of animal fables with their morals. The engraved title is decorated with a beautiful calligraphic design of a peacock at the top, and the fables are illustrated with charming copper-plate engravings in an oval form, measuring ca. 13.5 x 8 cm, with printed titles and the name of the engraver, Noël. Each plate has a calligraphic drawing of the main fable animal at the bottom, engraved by Davignon and Dizambourg.
Ad 2. The second writing book, here in an unrecorded edition, with the plates numbered 1-18, 23 and 11, was calligraphed by the Paris writing masters Saintomer and Montfort, and gives the full text of the "Declaration of Human Rights", together with a number of model leaves of alphabets and writing exercises in various hands, which also include revolutionary texts. The two last plates, numbered 23 and 11 were probably taken from other similar calligraphic model books. The richly engraved calligraphic title-page shows a calligraphic drawing of two embracing lions at the top and this is followed by six plates with the calligraphic engraved text of the "Declaration of Human Rights" (numbered 1-7). The following eleven plates, numbered 8-18, depict calligraphic models of alphabets and writing exercises in various hands, engraved by Aubert and J.B. Bariolle. At the end another engraved plate with calligraphy (numbered 23) and a plate showing an English writing hand, signed by Coulubrier, Ecrivain Français (numbered 11).

Neatly restored. Ad 1: probably lacking plate 20. Ad 2: probably lacking plates 19-20, replaced by similar calligraphic model plates. Two very rare French calligraphic model books of which one in an unrecorded edition, in good condition.
Ad 1: WorldCat: only two copies found recorded: Biblioteque Nationale France and Italy. Cf. Bonacini 1216 (other edition: Paris, Basset, 1801, engraved by Beaublé); Jammes, Belles ecritures, 87 (other edition: Paris, Basset, (1801), 20 plates).
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