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Spieghel der Schrijfkonste

about 1609
Calligrapher Jan van den Velde (Netherlandish, 1568–1623), Engraver Simon Wynouts Frisius (Netherlandish, about 1580–1629), Engraver Jacob Matham (Netherlandish, 1571–1631), After Karel van Mander (Netherlandish, 1548–1606), Publisher Willem Jansz. Blaeu (Dutch, 1571–1638)

Place of Publication: Amsterdam?, Netherlands

Catalogue Raisonné

Bonacini 1931; Berlin 5010-12; Hollstein, Dutch and Flemish, VII, p. 21, no. 30; Becker 100


Overall: 22.6 x 33.8 x 3.4 cm (8 7/8 x 13 5/16 x 1 5/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Illustrated book with engraved title page, engraved portrait, and 73 engravings

Not On View


Europe, Prints and Drawings


Illustrated books

(Amsterdam?: Willem Jansz. Blaeu?, about 1609) Oblong folio; 84 leaves; modern vellum, orange-brown cloth box.

Allegorical title page, author portrait, engraved writing samples

Amsterdam?: Willem Jansz. Blaeu?, about 1609


Matthijs van Beynhem (1615); Rudolf Hugo Driesen/Caroline E.F. Kleyn; E.P. Goldschmidt, London, from whom purchased by MFA, May 22, 1985.

Credit Line

William A. Sargent Fund