London, South Kensington
13 November 2008
TAGLIENTE, Giovanni Antonio (1465/70-aft. 1527). Lo presente libro insegna la vera arte delo excellente scrivere.... Venice: Stephano da Sabio, November 1533. Small 4° (205 x 145mm). Woodcuts of various scripts, including Greek, Hebrew and Arabic alphabets, including several white-on-black examples, full-page woodcut of scribal tools, full-page view of Rhodes on verso of final leaf (occasional very light thumb-soiling). 19th-century old-style brown morocco by Chambolle-Duru, gilt edges. Provenance: James T. Mitchell (bookplate).
Tagliente, a professional writing master, wrote this book for the use of other professionals. It was first published in 1524. All the surviving copies of the work were printed in Venice, which, being exposed as it was to Eastern influences, might explain its immediate success. It underwent many reprints. Sander 7170.
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