A favorite amusement during the 19th Century was the creation and deciphering of rebus puzzles. The word “rebus” is Latin for by things, thus a rebus is composed of symbols or pictures that suggest syllables of the word they represent. Hieroglyphical Signatures is a reproduction of a mid 19th Century rebus series created by J.T. Hart. The beautiful ribbon tied portfolio holds six individual sheets containing hundreds of delicate miniature illustrations depicting the names of composers, musicians, vocalists, chorus singers and theatrical performers. The original plates have been recreated as found, with some of the illustrations having been deftly hand colored while others were left charmingly monochromatic. The seventh sheet is the original key for solving each rebus. Among these enigmatic representations can be found the names of many renowned personalities such as Beethoven, Chopin, and Shakespeare. There are also many names of those who were mid 1800’s contemporaries that you will enjoy discovering for the first time. Historians will find this game most challenging while the exquisite drawings will provide inspiration to those with a creative eye.