BEAULIEU (SIEUR DE) Exemplaires du sieur de Beaulieu, où sont monstrées fidellement toutes sortes de lettres et caractères de finances, chancelleries et autres de service... Livre premier [all published]... Taillé par Mathieu Greuter alleman, FIRST EDITION, Montpelier, chez l'autheur, 1599
Lot 141
BEAULIEU (SIEUR DE)
Exemplaires du sieur de Beaulieu, où sont monstrées fidellement toutes sortes de lettres et caractères de finances, chancelleries et autres de service... Livre premier [all published]... Taillé par Mathieu Greuter alleman, FIRST EDITION, Montpelier, chez l'autheur, 1599
Sold for £2,500 (US$ 3,344) inc. premium

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BEAULIEU (SIEUR DE) Exemplaires du sieur de Beaulieu, où sont monstrées fidellement toutes sortes de lettres et caractères de finances, chancelleries et autres de service... Livre premier [all published]... Taillé par Mathieu Greuter alleman, FIRST EDITION, Montpelier, chez l'autheur, 1599
BEAULIEU (SIEUR DE)
Exemplaires du sieur de Beaulieu, où sont monstrées fidellement toutes sortes de lettres et caractères de finances, chancelleries et autres de service... Livre premier [all published]... Taillé par Mathieu Greuter alleman, FIRST EDITION, engraved throughout, 30 numbered leaves comprising title within elaborate engraved border (containing allegorical figures associated with writing and coat of arms of the Lévy/Ventadour families in centre), dedicatory epistles to the Duc de Vantadour dated 8 August 1599, second dedicatory epistle to the people of Languedoc, and 27 plates of calligraphy within double ruled borders (the last with right half torn away), slight browning to first 4 or 5 leaves, title neatly restored, modern boards, gilt leather title label on upper cover, housed in marbled box with title label [Berlin Kat 5088; Bonacini, Bibliografia delle arti scrittorie e della calligrafia 171], oblong 4to (192 x 28mm.), Montpelier, chez l'autheur, 1599

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  • FIRST EDITION OF AN EXTREMELY SCARCE CALLIGRAPHY MANUAL. The Sieur de Beaulieu, maître écrivain, signs himself "Procureur des Comptes A Montpellier 1599" on plate 4, but nothing else seems to be known about him or this work, other than the fact that it helped introduce the technique of using the pointed pen for writing. We have found no auction records for the work, and traced only two complete copies (Newberry Library and Strasbourg), and two incomplete ones (Halle and Lyon). The Newberry Library copy has a portrait of the author bound at the end, which is not recorded elsewhere. A second edition was printed in 1635 and is equally scarce.
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