Palatino’s Writing Manual 1578


This book is in the collection at the Department of Typography in Reading. Today I got to touch it, leaf through it, hold it, and generally caress the lovely goodness of a book printed about 200 years before white fellas came to Australia. Next week I get to hold a volume of the Book of Kells, I am not kidding.

A description of the Palatino book: Known in his time as the “calligrapher’s calligrapher," Palatino first published this work in 1540 under the title Libro Nuovo. Especially noted for its samples of chancery scripts, the work includes examples of non-western scripts, as well as hieroglyphs and cipher alphabets.

You can buy a copy for US$3,750 if you are interested. The Antiquarian Booksellers of America has one copy, slightly worn!


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