MS Typ 887
Miscellaneous European calligraphy, 1591-1977: Guide.
Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University
Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts 02138 USA
© President and Fellows of Harvard College
Location: b, f, pf, oversize pf
Call No.: MS Typ 887
Repository: Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University
Title: Miscellaneous European calligraphy,
Quantity: 1 collection (.7 linear feet (2 boxes, 8 folders, and 1 volume)
Abstract: Calligraphic manuscripts, including calligraphic drawings.
Received from various sources at various times. Accession information is given with
the item entry.
The most recent addition to this collection was made 2016 March 11.
Processed by: J. F. Coakley.
Most items are fragile. Permission of the curator is required for access.
Miscellaneous European Calligraphy, 1591-1977 (MS Typ 887). Houghton Library, Harvard
Arranged alphabetically by the name of the calligrapher, with anonymous items in approximate
chronological order at the end.
Works by British and European calligraphers, including: artistic manuscripts of texts,
with or without other decoration, and "calligraphic drawings," that is, drawings done
all or partly with pen-flourishes.
- Adams, Margaret. Initial letters for The Pelican, 1963. 8 leaves sewn into 1 quire, 15 cm.(b)
The Pelican was "Translated by Richard Wilbur, 1951, from Philppe de Thuan's Anglo-Norman Bestiary of 1120 & privately printed for Philip Hofer at the Stanbrook Abbey Press Initials by Margaret Adams 450 copies only 1963" - verso of last leaf. The two initials
are in blue and purple ink.
With a note in Hofer's hand "Stanbrook Abbey Printing 12/64 for Sally Sedgwick on
Immediate Source of Acquisition: *84M-356. Bequest of Philip Hofer, 1984.
- Angel, Marie. Two poems by Emily Dickinson, 1966. 4 vellum leaves, 26 x 13 cm.(b)
The two poems "The butterfly upon the sky" and "My cocoon tightens, "are written and illustrated with butterflies, in color. The 4 leaves are for folding
to make one quire. "Marie Angel pinxit et scripsit 1966" - last leaf.
With 2 copies of the published facsimile (1968).
Immediate Source of Acquisition: *84M-200. Bequest of Philip Hofer, 1984.
- Fleuss, Gerald, 1942- . "Hic lymphis ubi limpidis lavemur", 1984. 1 leaf of vellum in 1 folder, 49 x 27 cm.(b)
Title from inicipit. 10 lines of Latin written in capital letters in white on blue
vellum, captioned "From the courtyard of the Ducal palace, Mantua" in red and subscribed
with the text in English translation, and the scribe's signature and date, also in
With 4 paper leaves containing earlier layouts and trials.
Immediate Source of Acquisition: *86M-34. Purchased with funds provided by the Philip Hofer Trust, 1984.
- Gerrura. Grant of property by the Crown to John Cowper, 1590. 2 leaves of vellum, the larger leaf 72 x 92 cm.(oversize pf)
The text in Latin is written in a gothic secretary hand, the top line "Elizabeth Dei
gratia Anglie & Francie et Hib[er]nie" in tall decorated letters. The first letter
"E" is historiated with a drawing of Queen Elizabeth I with orb and scepter, in pen and ink and light grey wash. The top margin is decorated
with similar pen and ink drawings of royal badges.
"Gerrura" is the probable reading of the signature below the text.
The 2 leaves (the front one of which continues the text from the back one) were formerly
attached at the bottom by a cord. There is no seal.
Immediate Source of Acquisition: *84M-306. Bequest of Philip Hofer, 1984.
- Hewitt, Graily, 1864-. Magnificat (from the Gospel of Luke, Luke 1:46-55), undated. 1 booklet, 12 x 15 cm.(b)
Verses on three sheets with three gold and additional color initials, tied into paper
cover, with inserted note: With Graily Hewitt's Best Wishes.
Inscribed on front cover: Gift to P.H. [Philip Hofer] by Stephen for Christmas 1976.
Immediate Source of Acquisition: No accession number. Bequest of Philip Hofer?, 1984.
- Koch, Rudolf, 1876-1934. Religious texts, undated. 3 Sheets 51 x 70 cm.(oversize pf)
Three broadsides: (1) entitled "Von der Beichte"; (2) Ps 22 beginning "Mein Gott, Mein Gott, warum hast du mich verlassen?" (3) Jn
17.1-8 beginning "Vater die Stunde ist da". (1) and (2) are in blackletter writing
in black; (3) is in an uncial-like script with colored decoration.
With a printed exhibition poster by Koch, "Der Welfenschatz".
Immediate Source of Acquisition: *84M-236. Bequest of Philip Hofer, 1984.
- Kurka, Adalbert Joseph, 1785-1850. Dank dem Wohlthäter, undated. 1 Leaves 21 x 32 cm.(b)
Written in ornate Fraktur capitals, decorated with leaves, flowers, and pen-flourishes.
Formerly shelved with printed works of Kurka (TypW 822.18.505).
Immediate Source of Acquisition: *84M-360. Bequest of Philip Hofer, 1984.
- Neugebauer, Friedrich. Drawings for a bookplate, 1970. 11 drawings in 2 folders, 11 x 9 cm. or smaller.(b)
The bookplates have the text "University of Massachusetts Boston Library". The drawings are in black ink on heavy tracing paper.
With three copies of the printed bookplate, and an autograph letter from Neugebauer to Walter Grossmann,dated Bad Goisern,
Date: 1970 Sept. 9.
Immediate Source of Acquisition: *87M-103. Gift of Walter Grossman, 1988 Feb 18.
- Neugebauer, Friedrich. 12-line poem beginning "Hinter den Sonnen ruhen Sonnen im letzten Blau,"1977. 1 leaf in 1 folder, 31 x 18 cm.(b)
The text is written in an uncial-like hand in gold and silver ink on black vellum.
Subscribed in pencil "für Philip Hofer '77 scr. Friedrich Neugebauer."
Immediate Source of Acquisition: *84M-251. Bequest of Philip Hofer, 1984.
- Paritio, Johann Carl. Name-day address to Philipp Heinrich Freiherr von Iodoci,1733. 1 leaf of vellum, 71 x 46 cm.(oversize pf)
The text is written in a Fraktur hand in black with references to the recipient in
gold. It is distributed within several medallions of pen-flourishes and baroque ornamentation.
The scribe's name and date are in the bottom medallion.
Immediate Source of Acquisition: *84M-336. Bequest of Philip Hofer, 1984.
- Raymond. Petition of Hector Morgan, [circa 1655]. 1 leaf (repaired) in 1 folder, 20 x 30 cm.(b)
Written in imitation of a printed document, headed "To his Highnes the Lord Protector
"Petition of Hector Morgan writ by Mr. Raymond" - on the flap of the originally folded
Immediate Source of Acquisition: *84M-333. Bequest of Philip Hofer, 1984.
- Taylor, Frank. "Uncials and half uncials", 1973. 1 leaf of vellum, 40 x 51 cm.(pf)
Broadside with superimposed uncial and half-uncial alphabets in color, surrounded
by text in black describing the history of the two scripts, and decoration in color.
The overall title and other highlights are in burnished gold.
"The alphabets here are ... freely written simulations by F. T. who has tried to capture
their spirit for Ph.H. 1973" - line in color at bottom.
Immediate Source of Acquisition: *84M-259. Bequest of Philip Hofer, 1984.
- Urwick, Alison, 1946- . "Song [by] Percy Bysshe Shelly ", 1984. 1 leaf in 1 folder, 19 x 30 cm.(pf)
Composition in rustic capitals in pencil, on wrinkled paper.
The text is the poem beginning "The widow bird sate mourning for her love".
Immediate Source of Acquisition: *86M-35. Purchased with funds provided by the Philip Hofer Trust, 1984.
- Zapf, Hermann. Alphabet and quotation "Certainly the Art of Writing is the most miraculous of all
things man has devised", 1956. 1 bifolium, folded to 22 x 30 cm.(b)
"Dieser Text von Thomas Carlyle ... wurde von Hermann Zapf in Frankfurt am Main im Juli 1956 geschrieben" - note in Zapf's
hand on left-hand side of page opening.
With a printed reproduction of a quotation "The whole duty of Typography ..." also
written by Zapf.
Immediate Source of Acquisition: *84M-353. Bequest of Philip Hofer, 1984.
- Diploma for the degree of Doctor of Canon and Civil Law from the University of Pisa, 1599. 1 leaf of vellum, 65 x 77 cm.(oversize pf)
The diploma is in the name of Cammillus de Castelione.
The Latin text is written in an italic hand. The side and top margins are filled with
classicizing decoration, in colors.
Immediate Source of Acquisition: *84M-325. Bequest of Philip Hofer, 1984.