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Palatino, Giovambattista."
Libro nuovo d'imparare a scrivere tutte sorte lettere antiche et moderne di tutte nationi, con nuove regole misure et essempi. Con un breve & utile trattato de le cifere. (Colophon: Rome, Benedetto Giunta; printed by Baldassare Carolari, 12 August 1540). Small 4to (21 x 14.5 cm). With large oval woodcut portrait of Palatino on the title, large oval woodcut emblematic author's device on last page, 70 full-page woodcuts: 1 showing writing implements and related equipment and the others a wide variety of scripts (including Greek, Hebrew, Ethiopic and Arabic) and rebuses, another sample page showing 2 sizes of rotunda type with upper and lowercase alphabets and woodcut decorative initials, and 30 pages of letterpress text. Most of the text pages and writing samples in frames of thick-thin rules, a few in decorative woodcut frames. Old sheepskin parchment over flexible boards."
1515. [104] pp.First edition of the first copy-book published by the great writing master Giovambattista Palatino (ca. 1515-ca. 1575), one of the most famous and influential copy-books of all time, with woodcut calligraphic examples of passages of text, alphabets, monograms, poems written in rebus form and a page showing pens, a pen knife, scissors and other tools of the writing master's trade. Our copy is the issue with il di Xii Agosto Mdxxx in the colophon, like the copies in the Newberry Library and Harvard University. In extent and variety of scripts, Palatino's manual is more ambitious than Arrighi and Taglienti's pioneering copy-books of the 1520s, containing models of ancient and modern letters of all nations. With this manual Palatino quickly established himself as the most famous and influential writing master of his day. His style and this book were to dominate the development of calligraphy until the rise of Giovan Francesco Cresci three decades later.With early owner's inscription and library stamp. Title-page slightly soiled and an occasional minor stain and one marginal hole, but still in good condition.l Bonacini 1328; Iccu (5 copies); Marzoli, Calligraphy 1535-1885, no. 2; Morison, Early Italian writing-books, pp. 70-77; Ogg, Three classics, pp. 123 ff.; Osley, Luminario, pp. 82-96; Sander 5392."
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