Heavenly Monkey, 2020. 6 x 9. 114 pages + 8 leafs of proofs of the book’s illustrations printed on F. J. Head paper. Illustrated with type specimens + an original tipped-in leaf brief, light. Bound by Claudia Cohen in flexible vellum with single gilt rule & gilt titled spine, in a blue cloth slipcase having a gilt-titled leather label the length of the spine. Fine. Item #18519
One of 15 copies in vellum, with the proofs, and a cleaner leaf.
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. (Five copies were bound in full morocco & 30 in quarter cloth.).