Auction 129, Lot 860

"[Lot of 3 - Calligraphy]", Bickham, George

Subject: Calligraphy

Period: 1735 (circa)

Publication: Universal Penman

Color: Hand Color

Size:
7.5 x 12.3 inches
19.1 x 31.2 cm

George Bickham was on the most famous calligraphers of the 18th century. He specialized in copy books and business texts. In 1733 Bickham produced the Universal Penman, which was designed as a practical penmanship instruction and copy-book for the Man of Business. In addition to the plates designed by Bickham, this monumental anthology included the work of 25 contemporary writing masters. These engravings cover a myriad of subjects from poetry and song, festivities, commerce, script pictures, cherubs, griffins, alphabets, decorative panels, cartouches, and calligraphic flourishes, etc. Bickham also published The British Monarchy, which is a collection of 188 plates of historical notes with 43 plates of views of English and Welsh counties. They are called views rather than maps although they are presented as map-like perspectives with major towns marked. Bickham's son, George Bickham, Jr., was also a calligrapher and engraver and worked with his father on several of his publications.

Three interesting and beautifully engraved leaves. The first is a beautiful verse written by Gabriel Brooks extolling the importance of Modesty with an appropriate scene at top and two cherubs at bottom. The second, also written by Brooks, discusses the importance of Credit, which is embellished with a coat of arms. The third leaf is undecorated and provides the proper format for a bill of sale.

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Condition: A

Minor soil in margins.

Estimate: $100 - $150

Sold for: $110

Closed on 9/23/2009

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