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    Giovanni Battista Bodoni [Johannes Baptista Bodonius]: Epithalamia Exoticis Linguis Reddita. (Parma: Ex Regio Typographeo, 1775), first edition, state "b" with the poem by Conte Della Torre di Rezzonico, 124ff, engraved title page vignette, engraved head and tail pieces by Ferrari, full polished calf with thin triple rule gilt borders on front and rear boards, seven spine compartments between raised bands, gilt-tooled ornamentation in six compartments, red morocco spine label with gilt titles, marbled endpapers, elephant folio (13.25" x 19"), a splendid example of this beautiful work with indications of a previous spine repair, else a wonderfully clean, bright interior and in near fine condition.

    A simply beautiful book and a classic example of the art of typography. Certainly one of the finest specimen books containing examples of twenty-five exotic languages including Coptic, Phoenician, Hebrew, Tibetan, et al. Giovanni Bodoni (1740-1813) was an Italian publisher, printer, engraver, and typographer. He is the designer of the "Bodoni" typeface and was responsible for many technical refinements in printing that allowed him to faithfully reproduce letterforms with very thin lines, in sharp contrast to the thicker lines constituting the main stems of the characters. Bodoni was appointed printer to the court of Parma in 1768. The present work on offer must surely be regarded as one of his better efforts.

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