• EH 48 A 24



    Shema ha”kol Yehudah.

    שמע ה"קול יהודה

    Shema ha” kol Yehudah is the portfolio of a (Dutch?) scribe. Probably Amsterdam, second half 17th century.

    This caerte, as it was called, contains nineteen leaves of calligraphy, each in a different hand. Not only could such a collection of sheets serve as a proof of one’s penmanship, it would enable one’s clients to choose from those sheets the handwriting they wanted for their document. Scribes would show as many scripts as they could. As we can see from the ease and grace of the handwriting, this was an outstanding calligrapher, using all kinds of scripts, with names as Letra Redondilla, Letra Grifa and Letra Ynglesa.

    Portuguese, with some Hebrew and mirror-writing / Paper / 33,0 x 21,1 cm. / [24] ff. (first and last 2 ff. are blank) / Calligraphic Iberian writing, beautifully drawn frame of curls on each page.