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A Collection of Decorated Letters & Numerals with Calligraphic Alphabets and Numerals
[not indicated: not indicated]. [circa 1815]. Seventeen oblong etched and engraved plates. Sheet size: 16 x 39 cm. Image size to the plate marks: 13 x 32 cm. (Sizes vary between 1 and 2 cm.) Printed in black on thick sheets of wove paper. Near fine with light soiling to the edges. A very rare collection of elaborately decorated letters and numerals, designed and engraved by Gius Lanzani, "Incisore Calligrafo," in collaboration with a team of other Italian artists and engravers.The collection consists of three sets. Each decorated letter and numeral features an elaborate allegorical design. Obvious examples include: Adam & Eve, the Three Fates, the The Seven Deadly Sins (for numerals 2, 3, and 7); and a Gallows, a Lion, and the Devil (for the letters G, L, and D). Most, however, are not easy to decipher. Contemporary situations and events are also depicted, both humorous and allegorical, such as Waterloo for W. Thus we know that the plates were made sometime after 1815. Stunning calligraphy, beautifully designed, engraved, and printed. Very scarce. OCLC locates no copies. A list with more detailed descriptions of each set is available. .
      [Bookseller: Between the Covers- Rare Books, Inc. ABA]
Last Found On: 2014-10-02           Check availability:      Biblio    

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