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    A Beautifully Illustrated Italian Writing Manual

    Giovanbattista Palatino. Libro nel qual s'insegna a Scriuere ogni sorte lettera, Antica, et Moderna... Rome: Antonio Blado Asolano, 1547. Unaltered reprint of the 1545 enlarged, expanded edition. Quarto. A-H8. 64 leaves. Full page woodblocks of illustrated calligraphic scripts. Large woodcut portrait medallion on title page; large allegorical woodcut medallion on the final verso showing a moth hovering above the flame of a candle. Contemporary full calf, spine tooled in gilt, burgundy gilt morocco lettering labels, gilt board edges. Binding scuffed (especially at spine), headcap restored in later leather. Front hinge starting. Title page laid on, restored at inner and outer margins, no text affect. Few light stains to outer margins. Few old ink notes to outer margins, inner margin with small ink pagination to leaves. E6, small tear repaired. Still, a very good example of a beautiful writing manual.
    Adams P 74. STC (Italy) 507. Riccardi 237. EDIT 16: Sanchez 356. Bonacini 1334. OCLC: 68846130. From the Krown & Spellman Collection.
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    Palatino, Giovanbattista. Libro nel qual s'insegna a Scriuere ogni sorte lettera, Antica, et Moderna,... Rome: Antonio Blado Asolano, 1547. 4to. A-H8. 64 leaves. Contemporary calf, scuffed, gilted edges, spine repair at head and with gilt florals, title label. Title page laid on, restored at inner and outer margins, no text affect. Few light stains to outer margins. Few old ink notes to outer margins, inner margin with small ink pagination to leaves. E6, small tear repaired. Full page woodblocks of illustrated calligraphic scripts. Large woodcut portrait medallion on title page; large allegorical woodcut medallion on the final verso showing a moth hovering above the flame of a candle.

    "Giovanbattista Palatino was a native of Rossano in Calabria, who afterwards acquired Roman citizenship. Little is so far known of his life, beyond what is to be inferred from his works. He was one of the most deservedly popular and one of the most accomplished and versatile of Renaissance scribes. He was prominent in the intellectual circles of his time, and appears to have been on terms of friendship with Claudio Tolomei, Dionisio Atanagi, and Girolamo Ruscelli. He was Secretary of the Academia dei Sdegnati, founded during the pontification of Paull III by Tolomei and others. According to a document by A. Bertolotti Palatino was associated with G. B. Romano in cutting the inscription which adorns the Porta del Popolo in Rome." - Signature: A Catalog of Italian Writing Books of the Sixteenth Century, A.F. Johnson.

    "Originally published in 1540 with the title, Libro nuovo d'imparare a scrivere, Palatino's writing manual/encyclopedia of current writing styles became an immediate and popular success. It was reprinted several times and then, in 1545 a new revised and enlarged edition was published with 15 additional plates and more exotic alphabets. The first printed writing manual was published in Rome by Ludovico degli Arrighi in 1522. The audience for this and others that followed was mostly secretaries. Palatino's book somehow attracted a wider audience, with its chapter on cryptography and lettera mancina (mirror writing), recipes for ink, illustrations of a variety of writing implements, and so on. According to Ewan Clayton in his essay: A History of Learning to Write, "Palatino's book is interesting for what it tells us about the ordinary writing of that time. Most documents in the sixteenth century were still written in varieties of Gothic cursive and Palatino illustrates examples of such hands from Milan, Rome, Venice, Florence, Sienna, and Genoa. Writing was not as homogeneous as it is today and there were many different styles in use concurrently."" - Palatino's Tools of Handwriting, Graphic Arts Collection, Princeton University.

    "The last of the three major Italian copy-books of the sixteenth century is Palatino's volume... In extent, Palatino's manual was a more ambitious effort than Arrighi's or Tagliente's, containing models of 'ancient and modern letters of all nations.' Palatino's models of chancery script are among the handsomest, but are nearly impossible to execute if the writer is a person of modest ability. Almost nothing is known of the scribe's early life." -Baltimore.

    "His (Palatino) taste and versatility is magnificently displayed in the specimen pages: there are writing samples and alphabets on black ground, decorated and interlaced letters, exotic characters and secret ciphers, rebuses, etc. Each specimen is labeled with its name within calligraphic line borders; the added specimen pages all bear the date 1545. The sample pages are interspersed with essays on the various calligraphic styles and on the instruments to be used. This (our edition) is an unaltered reprint of the first enlarged edition of 1545, with 15 additional specimens." - The Art of Ornament and Writing, Hellmut-Schumann, 43.

    Adams P 74. STC (Italy) 507. Riccardi 237. EDIT 16: CNCE 24586. Sanchez 356. Bonacini 1334. OCLC: 68846130. Sothebys: Fine Collection of Calligraphic Books (March, 1972): 68. Signature (Catalog of Italian Writing Books of 16th Century): 33.



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