The Alphabet Of Francesco Torniello Da Novara ; Followed by a comparison with the Alphabet of Fra Luca Pacioli
by Torniello, Francesco da Novara
Verona: Officina Bodoni, 1971. First edition thus. Hardcover. Orig. quarter navy morocco and lettered cream boards. Teg. Fine in fine slipcase. 104 pages. 27.5 x 20 cm. Limited edition, copy 28 of 150 copies set in Dante type and printed on hand-press on paper made in Amalfi by Ferdinando Amatruda. This English edited by Giovanni Mardersteig. Another Officina Bodoni facsimile edition of geometrically constructed alphabets and calligraphic books of the Renaissance including the original Italian of 1517, which was based on that of Fra Luca Pacioli, printed at Milan by Gotardo da Ponte in 1517. Torniello's alphabet presents calligraphic improvements in capital letters, and is the first construction based on logical measurement called "Punto," (Point). Host of diagrams and illustrations throughout. Original prospectus and order slip laid-in. (Inventory #: 20896)
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