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Synonyms for chirography

beautiful handwriting

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phonorecords and chirography, typography, and photography as the basis
Bartlett and Welford, we have been sitting down to-day in company with 'huge armfuls' of books that once were in Charles Lamb's embrace; his 'midnight darlings,' his ragged folios, full of original side-notes in his own 'clerkly hand' and the more careless chirography of Coleridge," wrote Lewis Gaylord Clarke in The Knickerbocker; or New-York Monthly Magazine; "How little did Elia anticipate such a destiny for his beloved books, which are here in precisely the state in which he possessed and left them!" (34) The "huge armfuls" and "midnight darlings" quoted here are from Lamb's essay, "New Year's Eve" and refer to his books.
The issue is not, strictly speaking, a matter of technology: Our notion of "technological" is history-based, but, upon further reflection, chirography also requires technology, whether paintbrush, stage, pen, chisel, flute, or violin.
After all, the point is not whether Lewis Miles signed his own initials or even if he had any part in the construction of the object, but that the hand that inscribes bears the assurance of consistency (in chirography and vernacular style across a number of the "Dave" inscriptions) such that the writing itself becomes another kind of signature, whose referent is not so much a person as it is a spatial and temporal presence in the absence of personhood.
It seemed a long time that the poet consumed in adjusting his glasses and scanning the chirography of the superscription, and whole eras winged their way into eternity while he deliberately and nicely cut open the end and extracted the contents.
Beauty may well be in the eye of the beholder; but it is a beholder whose eye may have been partly programmed by his or her capacity to engage with the technologies of chirography and print.
Unconsciously my chirography expands into placard capitals.