Engravings from Agostino Tensini’s “Le meraviglie della penna conchiudenti in diversi modi di scrivere delineati, et intagliati.” Published in 1641, it is an extremely rare first edition of a Baroque Italian calligraphy manual. All of these taken from the website of the antiquarian bookseller Martayan Lan some of whose wares I saw at an antiquarian book fair recently though, alas, not these.

Engraving from Le meraviglie della penna conchiudenti in diversi modi di scrivere delineati, et intagliati.. 1641.
Portrait of the author. Engraving from “Le meraviglie della penna conchiudenti in diversi modi di scrivere delineati, et intagliati.” 1641. Possibly published in Verona, Italy. Agostino Tensini, maker. Image © 2019 Martayan Lan, New York. Fair use license. via https://www.martayanlan.com/pages/books/3724/agostino-tensini/le-meraviglie-della-penna-conchiudenti-in-diversi-modi-di-scrivere-delineati-et-intagliati
Scrolling foliate design.
Scrolling foliate design. Engraving from “Le meraviglie della penna conchiudenti in diversi modi di scrivere delineati, et intagliati.” 1641. Possibly published in Verona, Italy. Agostino Tensini, maker. Image © 2019 Martayan Lan, New York. Fair use license. via https://www.martayanlan.com/pages/books/3724/agostino-tensini/le-meraviglie-della-penna-conchiudenti-in-diversi-modi-di-scrivere-delineati-et-intagliati
Angels. Engraving.
Angels. Engraving from “Le meraviglie della penna conchiudenti in diversi modi di scrivere delineati, et intagliati.” 1641. Possibly published in Verona, Italy. Agostino Tensini, maker. Image © 2019 Martayan Lan, New York. Fair use license. via https://www.martayanlan.com/pages/books/3724/agostino-tensini/le-meraviglie-della-penna-conchiudenti-in-diversi-modi-di-scrivere-delineati-et-intagliati
Engraving
Engraving from “Le meraviglie della penna conchiudenti in diversi modi di scrivere delineati, et intagliati.” 1641. Possibly published in Verona, Italy. Agostino Tensini, maker. Image © 2019 Martayan Lan, New York. Fair use license. via https://www.martayanlan.com/pages/books/3724/agostino-tensini/le-meraviglie-della-penna-conchiudenti-in-diversi-modi-di-scrivere-delineati-et-intagliati

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