THE ALPHABET OF FRANCESCO TORNIELLO DA NOVARA [1517]. Torniello.

THE ALPHABET OF FRANCESCO TORNIELLO DA NOVARA [1517]. Followed by a comparison with the Alphabet of Fra Luca Pacioli. Introduction by Giovanni Mardersteig.

Verona: Officina Bodoni, 1971. 7 1/2 x 10 3/4. xxviii, 106 pages. Engraved portrait, woodcut initials, and geometrically constructed alphabet re-cut after the originals. Quarter blue morocco, linson boards printed in Torniello's letters. Fine in very slightly soiled slipcase, with printer's Note laid in and the prospectus. Item #18153

Torniello's letters are based on those of Fra Luca Paciol, but represent a calligraphic improvement. Fra Luca's famous alphabet is also printed here, in comparison with Torniello. No. 36 of 160 copies, printed in Dante types on Amalfi handmade paper. Translated by Betty Radice, this is the first edition in English. Only four copies of the original were known when this book was produced. Schmoller 170.

Price: $1,500.00