Heavenly Monkey, 2020. 6 x 9. 114 pages illustrated with type specimens + an original tipped-in leaf (waterstained at top). Cloth-backed boards, spine label. Fine. Item #18515
Griffo cut all the types--Roman, Greek, & Hebrew--used by the printer Aldus. The celebrated "Aldine italic" was Griffo's creation. The first half of this book is a biography of Griffo's life and work, assembled from quotations (i. e. fragments) taken from over four dozen sources spanning the 15th to 20th centuries. The second half contains four first English translations of 19th century texts related to Griffo's rediscovery.
This is an updated & expanded version of Milroy's 1999 edition. Fifty numbered (and eight hors commerce) copies were printed by Rollin Milroy on a hand press, in Bembo types on dampened papers. This is one of 30 copies bound in boards at the press. (Five copies were bound in full morocco & 15 were bound in vellum.).