Type Specimens and Ornaments for Use by Map-Makers -- Unrecorded Mapmaker’s Specimen Sheet

Tableau de Calligraphie.

Munich: Anton Dreer, 1816. Item #1149

Broadside sheet, large folio.  775 x 590 mm., [30 ½ x 23 inches].  Engraved with calligraphic samples, with five engraved vignettes.  Printed on thick wove paper, deckle edge.  Fine condition.

A splendid and rare type specimen sheet, beautiful printed and fortunately beautifully preserved. 

The imprint states that it was ‘composed, engraved, and published by J. B. Seitz’.  Seitz was an engraver for the Royal Bavarian Bureau of Statistics and Topography (Königlichen Bayrischen Statitisch-Topographischen Bureau), which was responsible for the manufacture of official maps, charts, and plans.  He was one of the first technicians to work on the trial production of lithographic maps and considered a leader in the field of cartographic design and printing.

The present rare specimen-sheet was presumably printed for cartographic institutes, publishers, and mapmakers.  The sub-title “Alphabets of Languages the most Customary” is in German, English, French, and Italian, and the remaining captions, all in different ornamental fonts, are in German and French.  Included are ornate alphabets in Fraktur, several different italics (dubbed English, Italian, and French Letters), gothic, roman, and Greek alphabets, and German Kurrentscrift. 

Three of the fine engraved vignettes, arrayed down the center of the sheet, are pictorial.  At top is a romantic landscape in which a plaque leaning on a tree bears the (appropriate) motto “Nihil est Simul et Inventum et Perfecturm.”  The others show a funerary monument in a pastoral glade, and a military trophy with the emblematic initials of Rome (SPQR) and motto below, “Et are vivitur patriae.”

Unrecorded.  No copies found in any of the German national library OPACs  and none in OCLC, and NUC.  For information on Seitz see, R. A. Winkler, Die Frühziet der deutschen Lithographie, (1975).



Price: $5,000.00

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