Friday, 23 November 2007

4th Count of Paraty

D. Miguel de Noronha de Paiva Couceiro, 4th Count of Paraty (s. 21.12.1946), a Cavalry Officer in the Portuguese Army, Governor of Diu (India) was born at Cascais, in 1909, and died in Lisbon, in 1979.

Much interested in History, Heraldry and Calligraphy he drew several beautiful armorial ex libris, mostly on behalf of friends who appreciated his work. His bookplates, with the exception of the coloured one, designed with the collaboration of his friend the eminent heraldist Dr. Carlos da Silva Lopes, are much influenced by the calligraphic style, much practised in India.
Most of his heraldic bookplates were later engraved in steel, at the request of their owners, by another distinguished Portuguese artist - the engraver António Paes Ferreira, who is a master of the burin, making them little graphic masterpieces.


  1. This is a beautiful blog...I've linked to you at the end of my squidoo ex-libris resource here.

  2. Hello Debs, many thanks for your woords. I'm glad you liked it. Thanks for the link.


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