Friday, June 29, 2012

Hanabusa Manga

18th century woodblock prints after designs by Itchô Hanabusa,
from a 3-volume series called (approx.) The Butterfly Picture Books

Eiichi Butterfly Book - Bk2 - m

Eiichi Butterfly Book - 16

Eiichi Butterfly Book - Book One

Eiichi Butterfly Book - Book One k

Eiichi Butterfly Book - Book One a

Eiichi Butterfly Book - Book One b

Eiichi Butterfly Book - Bk2 - k

Eiichi Butterfly Book - Bk2 - g

Eiichi Butterfly Book - 14

Eiichi Butterfly Book - 11

Eiichi Butterfly Book

Eiichi Butterfly Book - Bk2 - c

Eiichi Butterfly Book - 8

Eiichi Butterfly Book - 1

Eiichi Butterfly Book - 2

Eiichi Butterfly Book - 4

The National Diet Library of Japan presents the 3 book series, 'The Butterfly Picture Books' (~1778), containing over 60 woodblock illustrations by Suzuki Rinsho after designs by Itcho Hanabusa, who died over fifty years before this series was published by Yamashiroya Sahei. [choose a volume, then click the large button, top-left, bearing the kanji characters, サムネイル一覧, for thumbnail layout]

That final image above is the only one featuring an actual butterfly, so perhaps the title is more metaphorical than literal in nature : I presume some of the monster-types and other weird characters belong to the classical mythology and folklore, about which I know next to nothing. I just enjoy the unique illustration style and unusual designs. [mythology | deities | creatures]

I'll let that paragraph immediately above stand, but I've also discovered slender reports of a couple of other tropes running through this series. Beyond Hanabusa's sketching scenes of everyday life, - which was actually a novel subject for painting in Japan around 1600, believe it or not - some of the depicted absurdities probably relate to characters and musicians from theatrical street performance, and a few of the illustrations reference the Sino-Japanese tradition of the Lion Dance or Shishi-mai.

Itcho Hanabusa "was a Japanese painter, calligrapher, and haiku poet. He originally trained in the Kano style, under Kano Yasunobu, but ultimately rejected that style and became a literati (bunjin). He was also known as Hishikawa Wao and by a number of other art-names". [source]
And from the (stellar!) British Museum Prints Database : "Hanabusa Itcho (英一蝶) (painter/draughtsman; Japanese; Male; 1652 - 1724) -- an unusual artist, originally from the Kano school, who was active in Edo for a comparatively short period from the end of the seventeenth century to the beginning of the eighteenth century. Said to have combined the Tosa and ukiyoe styles of painting."
Previously: Japan.

I may also owe Will a nod of thanks for nudging this area of the world back onto my radar screen, one way or another.

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

County Map Title Page Letterforms

In addition to being US (and Canadian!) title pages from county map and atlas books,  the images below were selected for their wonderful 19th century decorative lettering. Many of these works were created in Philadelphia, the printing capital of the world for a few decades up to start of the 20th century.

The images themselves were sourced from the magnificent David Rumsey Map Collection and have been background cleaned to varying, but significant, extents. Click through to much larger versions, but the source site has enormous MrSid^ (.sid)* image files available for download.

title page typography 19th c.
Atlas Of Auglaize County Ohio From Records & Original Surveys. Drawn & Compiled By H.G. Howland, C.E. Illustrations By H.G. Howland & A. Keller. Published By Robt. Sutton, Philadelphia. 1880. Assistants. R.M. Zuver, S.H. Royce, A.W. Campbell ... A.H. Sanborn, R.S.McCartney. Engraved by Wm. Bracher, 27 So. Sixth St. Phila. Oldach & Mergenthaler, Binders Philad. Printed by F. Bourquin, 31 So. Sixth St. Phil.

letterform headings
Titus' atlas of Hamilton Co., Ohio from actual surveys by R.H. Harrison, C.E. Assisted by Geo. E. Warner, A. Leavenworth, J.E. Sherman, L.C. Warner & R.T. Higgins, to which is added a township map of the state of Ohio. Also an outline & railroad map of the United States. Published by C.O. Titus. 320 Chestnut St., Philadelphia, 1869. Assistants T.F. Pratt, Cyrus Haven, H. Turner, G.P. Stevenson, J.H. Hall, D.B. Titus, G.M. Stevenson. Engd. by Worley & Bracher, 320 Chestnut St., Phila. Printed by F. Bourquin, 320 Chestnut St., Phila. Entered ... 1869 by C.O. Titus ... Pennsylvania.

county map typographic forms
Plat Book Of Columbia County Wisconsin. Drawn from actual Surveys and the County records by C.M. Foote & J.W. Henion, Surveyors And Draughtsmen. Published By C.M. Foote & Co. 309 Nicollet Avenue. Minneapolis, Minn. 1890. Eng. by Wm. Bracher, 27 So. 6th St. Philad. Printed by F. Bourquin, 31 So. Sixth St. Phila.

title page letters and headings
An atlas of the State of New York, containing a map of the State and of the several counties ... under the superintendance & direction of Simeon DeWitt, Surveyor General, pursuant to an Act of the Legislature, and also the physical geography of the State & of the several counties & statistical tables of the same, by David H. Burr. (with) View on the Hudson near Fishkill. New York, published by David H. Burr. 1829. Engravd. by Rawdon, Clark & Co. Albany & Rawdon, Wright & Co., New York.

elegant title page fonts
Atlas Of Schuyler County, New York. From actual Surveys by and under the direction of Beach Nichols, Published by Pomeroy, Whitman & Co. 31 So. Sixth St. Philadelphia, 1874. Entered ... 1874 by A. Pomeroy & Co. ... Washington. Engd. by Worley & Bracher, 31 So. Sixth St. Philada. Printed by F. Bourquin, 31 So. Sixth St. Philada.

type forms
Atlas Of Steuben County, New York. From actual Surveys and Official Records Compiled & Published By D.G. Beers & Co. 31 So. Sixth St. Philadelphia. 1873. D.G. Beers. W.C. Kewen. W. Upton. Entered ... 1873 by D.G. Beers & Co. ... Washington D.C. Engraved by Worley & Bracher, 31 S. 6th St. Phila. Printed by Fred. Bourquin, 31 S. 6th St. Phila. Entered ... 1873 by D.G. Beers & Co. ... Washington D.C.

elaborate title lettering
Atlas of Westchester County, New York. From actual surveys and official records by G.W. Bromley & Co., Civil Engineers. Published by Geo. W. & Walter S. Bromley. 243 Broadway, New York. 1881. Engraved by A.H. Mueller, 530 Locust St., Phila. Printed by F. Bourquin, 31 So. 6th St., Phila. Entered ... 1881, by G.W. Bromley & Co. ... Washington.

sweet title fonts in old map books
New Topographical Atlas of Jefferson Co. New York From Actual Surveys By S.N. & D.G. Beers And Assistants. C.K. Stone, Publisher, Philadelphia. 1864. Entered ... 1864 by C.K. Stone ... Pennsylvania.

title fonts, map books
Atlas Of Montgomery And Fulton Counties, New York. From actual Surveys by and under the direction of B. Nichols. Assisted by H.B. Stranahan, W.A. Sherman, H. Loomer, P.A. Cunningham And S.W. Fosdick. Published By J. Jay Stranahan & Beach Nichols, 95 Maiden Lane, New York. 1868. Assistants, W.W. Richie, E.J. Sherwood. Assistants, T. Guernsey, N. Vroman. Entered ... Stranahan & Nichols in the year 1868 ... New York.

title page typography
Atlas And History Of Androscoggin County, Maine. From actual Surveys, drawn and Published By Sanford Everts & Co. 31 South Sixth Street, Philadelphia, 1873. E.F. Sanford, W.P. Everts. Assistants: C.T. Leggett, Jas. A. Edgerly, J.D. Wolcott, A. Landon, N. Geo. Colby, J.P. Edwards, C.H. Edwards, A.H. Harlow, A.D. Roe. Entered ... 1873 by Sanford & Everts ... Washington. Printed by Fred. Bourquin, 29 & 31 So. 6th St. Phila. Engd. by Worley & Bracher, 31 So. Sixth St. Phila.

title page letter forms
Bridgens' Atlas Of Lancaster Co., Penna. From actual Surveys by H.F. Bridgens and Assistants, Published By D.S. Bare, Lancaster, Pa. Engraved & Printed at Jas. McGuigan's Lithc. Estabnt. S.E. Cor. Third & Dock Sts. Philada. Entered ... 1864, by H.F. Bridgens ... Penna.

title page heading fonts
Atlas Of The County Of Montgomery and the State of Pennsylvania From actual surveys & official records, Compiled & Published By G.M. Hopkins & Co. 320 Walnut St, Philadelphia. 1871. Assistant Surveyors: H.W. Hopkins, W.S. MacCormac, Edward Vansciver, Weston R. Smith, Samuel Huff, Robert Foust, L. Cunningham. Assistant Publishers: Richard Clark, M.S. Converse, S.T.C. Bell, L.J. Richards, J.C. Martin, W.G. Carter, Isaac Borneman, James Wilson, A.R. Whipple. Engraved by Edward Busch, 320 Walnut St. F. Bourquin Lith 104 Hudson St. Phila. Entered ... 1871, by G.M. Hopkins ... Washington, D.C.

map book typographic styles
Township Map Of Berks County Pennsylvania from actual Surveys By L. Fagan, Philadelphia 1862. Published By H.F. Bridgens. Thos. S. Wagner's Lith. 38 Hudson St. Philada. Entered ... 1862 by H.F. Bridgens ... Penna.

elaborate type forms in headings
Atlas Of Franklin County Pennsylvania From actual Surveys under the direction of D.G. Beers. Published by Pomeroy & Beers, 320 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia. 1868. Engraved by Worley & Bracher, 320 Chestnut St. Phila. Printed by Fred. Bourquin, 320 Chestnut St. Phila. Entered ... 1867 by Pomeroy & Beers ... Pennsylvania.

book title page fonts
An Illustrated Historical Atlas Map Of Daviess County, Ky. Carefully Compiled from Personal Examinations and Surveys. Published by Leo McDonough & Co. 1876.

beautiful capital letters : map book titles
An Illustrated Historical Atlas Of LaPorte Co. Indiana. Compiled Drawn & Published from Personal Examinations & Surveys by Higgins, Belden & Co. Lakeside Building Corner Clark & Adams Sts. Chicago. 1874. Ed Blue Del.

map book title lettering
Atlas Of Wayne Co. Indiana From actual Surveys by D.J. Lake, C.E. assisted by G.P. Sanford & F.A. Gould. To which is added A Map Of The State Of Indiana also An Outline And Rail Road Map Of The United States. Assistant, A. Hall. Published by Griffing, Stevenson & Co. 31 South 6th St. Philadelphia. 1874. Eng'd. by Worley & Bracher, 31 So. 6th St. Philadelphia. Printed by Fred. Bourquin, 31 South 6th St. Philada.

writing fonts for headings
Historical Atlas Map Of Marion & Linn Counties Oregon. Compiled, Drawn And Published From Personal Examinations And Actual Surveys By Edgar Williams & Co. San Francisco, California. 1878.

19th c. heading typography
Atlas Of Rutland Co. Vermont. From actual Surveys by and under the direction of F.W. Beers, assisted by F.W. Fulmer & others. Published By F.W. Beers, A.D. Ellis & G.G. Soule, 95 Maiden Lane, New York. 1869. Assistants W.T. Comstock, A.M., H.D. Whitman, A.J. Bingham, G.H. Jones. Entered ... 1869 by Beers, Ellis & Soule ... New York. Engd. by Worley & Bracher, 320 Chestnut St. Philada. Printed by James McGuigan, Cor. 3d & Dock Sts. Phila.

map book title page lettering
Atlas of the city and county of San Francisco from actual surveys and official records. Compiled and published by Wm. P. Humphreys & Co., A.B. Holcombe, W.C. Kewen. Eng. by Worley & Bracher ... Phila, Pa. Printed by F. Bourquin ... Phila, Pa. 1876.

decorative letters in map books
Historical atlas map of Santa Clara County, California. Compiled, drawn and published from personal examinations and surveys by Thompson & West, San Francisco, Cala. 1876. Thos. Hunter Pr. Phil. N. Friend, Engr. Philad. C.L. Smith, Del.

illinois map book lettering heading
Atlas of Whiteside Co. and the State of Illinois To Which Is Added An Atlas Of The United States, Maps of The Hemispheres &c. &c. &c. Warner & Beers. Publishers 62 & 64 West Lake Street, Chicago. 1872. Union Lith. & Printg. Co. Chicago. Assistants: Jos. H. Cox, W.H. Bishop, G.R. Hoffman, L.W. Wight, A.D. Miner, E.C. Moore ... H.R. Belden, John I. Moore, Chas. H. Sharp, R.T. Higgins, Wm. H. Beers, Frank W. Rorh. Entered ... 1872 by Warner & Beers ... Washington D.C.

Canadian map book decorative heading letters
Atlas Of Saint John City And County, New Brunswick. Compiled and Drawn From Official Plans and Actual Surveys By F.B. Roe & N. Geo. Colby. Assisted By J.C. Allison And Others, Published By Roe & Colby, St. John N.B. 1875. Engd. by Worley & Bracher, 31 South Sixth St. Philada. Printed by F. Bourquin, 31 South Sixth St. Philada.

The title pages above come from searching around the David Rumsey Historical Map Collection site with various search terms like 'title page' and 'county', as best as I remember. It is a staggeringly fabulous and easily navigable site and, as I think I've said before, the gold standard for large scale hosting of cultural material.

Coincidentally, a new batch of more than 1800 map and map-related material was uploaded to the David Rumsey site just this week. I haven't actually had a look through the new stocks as yet: that place is so addictive, I need to pace myself.

I owe the Rumsey site such compliments when I consider how many posts over the last nearly-7 years it has inspired and/or populated.

Thursday, June 21, 2012

Jacobean Types

Royal, Military and Court Costumes 
from the time of James I

The Jacobean era refers to the time period from 1603 to 1625 when King James I ruled both England and Scotland. The name James derives from the Hebrew Jacob; hence, Jacobean: a descriptive term applied to the literature, decorative arts and architecture produced during that first quarter of the 17th century. Most notably, it was the age of Shakespeare.

The charming images below are courtesy of Folger Shakespeare Library and the majority have been background spot-cleaned to one extent or another. Mouse-over the last two images for a little surprise, individual browser and operating system configurations allowing!

Jacobean era card game scene

17th cent. dinner and drinking scene at dining table

two lovers from 1620s sitting under a tree

Jacobean era: nobleman on horse near well-dressed noblewoman walking

17th c. woman in ostentatious, elaborate black dress

uniformed walking Jacobean sentry or soldier, pike-axe on shoulder, sword in belt

frilled-neck costumed woman rides side-saddle with baskets on large horse

Prince or similar with sceptre on horse decorated with feathers

1610 : knight in elaborate regalia on horse up on 2 hind legs

Crowned queen or royal with ceremonial costume and cape 1600s

prince or duke posing exaggeratedly in his fineries, stick or sceptre in hand

royal court lady posing in beautiful detailed green dress

theatrical clownish figure from Jacobean era



To paraphrase the Fashion in Jacobean Times description page - and database entries - from the Folger Shakespeare Library:

Little is known about this anonymous set from the early 17th century, but the watercolour sketches may have been produced by an Italian artist. Some of the styles portrayed are representative of continental, in addition to, English costume designs. The illustration scenes themselves are similar in style to those one might see in a friendship book -- a so-called album amicorum -- that was a fairly popular keepsake record from the period.

The full set of thirty seven watercolour illustrations, entitled: 'Royal, military and court costumes of the time of James I', is accessible via the LUNA web database from the Folger Shakespeare Library. Although you can click through to enlarged images above (spliced together from screencaps as I recall), the hosting site provides high resolution / high magnification sectional image files.

Jacobean *era* links: one, two.

Previously: Alba Amicorum <>~~<> Liber Amicorum <>~~<> Facebook in the 1750s <>~~<> Simon Haendel's Stammbuch.

Via a recent Folger tooltips entry on The Collation and @wynkenhimself.

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