Hidden Books!

These extraordinary manuals keep the room lot.

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Comparing 2 copies of Compendio del Gran Volume de L'Arte... by G. Palatino. 1566 & (?) at the Harry Ransom Center Comparing 2 copies of Compendio del Gran Volume de L’Arte… by G. Palatino. 1566 & (?) at the Harry Ransom Center

My stay in Austin was productive, if a bit confusing. Finding books in the catalog and discovering the full extent of the collection took most of my time. I did get to view a few books and learn about writing manual acquisition at the Ransom Center. I thought I’d be looking at works in the Marzoli and Beaufoy collections of up to 120 + books.

Calligraphy: 1535 – 1885, published in 1962 as a sale catalog of 72 writing manuals was considered the standard for describing this type of book. The Ransom Center acquired the collection in 1962. In 1967, they acquired a collection of scrapbooks called the Beaufoy Collection.

Title page of a volume from the Beaufoy Collection at the Harry Ransom Center Title page of a volume from the Beaufoy Collection at the Harry Ransom Center

In 1850 this collection of 48 writing manuals was created…

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