O admirabile Veneris idolum (Karina Meister)

Karina Meister was born in Austria and has spent the bulk of her career in the Netherlands. This beautiful collection of love poems from the Middle Ages most likely won’t mean a thing to you if you can’t read the languages these are in. But the careful looker will notice an evolution of the letterforms as (apparently) the lettering references the forms in use at the time each poem was composed. One of ninety-nine copies, this one is inscribed by the Meister calligrapher to another master calligrapher. A total beauty and more-than-pleasant distraction.
  • Author: Karina Meister
  • Size: 5.75 × 9 inches
  • Pages: 16
  • Binding: Stiff paper binding, with exposed sewing and tiny touches of leather
  • Publisher: Karina Meister, 1987