With Yuletide cheer we are featuring a selection of nineteenth and twentieth century illuminated manuscripts. It was during the febrile 1800s that an appreciation of Gothic design and the artistry of the Middle Ages came to full fruition, and both professional artists and gifted amateurs strove to capture the beauty of illumination in books and other artwork. Also, the new form of color printing known as chromolithography was especially well-suited to recreating the richness of the ancient art form.
Our fair schedule resumes in the New Year with the San Francisco Antiquarian Print & Paper Fair on February 1st and 2nd at the Fort Mason Center and the California International Antiquarian Book Fair beginning the following Thursday in Pasadena. More details will follow.
Publisher Bergamo Insituto Italiano D'Arti Grafiche
Illustrator Montedoro, Marco
Seller ID 001211
Book. 4to - over 9¾ - 12" tall. N.d. Circa 1920s. 148,  pp. With 9 tipped-in color plates featuring Arlecchino, Brighella, etc. Interconnected tales inspired by and relating to the Commedia dell'Arte. The plates are of vivid color and full of panache. Nominally juvenalia, these illustrations and accompanying text are even more likely to ingratiate themselves to adults, especially those intrigued by masques and the Venetian Carnavale. Interspersed with the Italian is Venetian and Bergamasco dialect. Montedoro, the illustrator, is an unjustly forgotten or neglected artist (to our knowledge). Other than light soilage on the white cloth, this is a fine copy. Con 9 tavole in colore rappresentanti Arlecchino, Brighella, e altre caratteri della commedia dell'arte. Le tavole sono pieno di colore brilliante e lo stile. Benche ufficialemente per i bambini, queste illustrazioni e il testo accompagnante piaciono gli adulti perfino piu probabilemente, specialemente la gente affascinata dalle maschere e la carnavale veneziana. Mescolato nel testo e pezzi del dialetto veneziano e bergamasco. Montedoro e un illustratore sfortunatamente adesso dimenticato. Inoltre un po di sporchezza leggera sulla copertina, questa copia e veramente ottima!