New York, East
24 April 2001
[ESTIENNE, Robert II, printer]. Alphabetum Graecum. Paris: Robert Estienne II, 1580.
8o (165 x 107 mm). Greek and roman types. Woodcut device on title-page (Schreiber 27). (Light erasures and foxing on title-page, corner of title clipped.) Modern marbled boards.
"Very rare Greek type specimen book" (Schreiber). The book illustrates all three sizes of the Royal greek types ("grecs du roi"), including ligatures, abbreviations, signs, etc. and provides text samples for practice reading by schoolboys. Also included is an article by the noted Greek scholar, Janus Lascaris, on their historical background. These type founts by Claude Garamond date from 1544 on and are still preserved in the Imprimerie Nationale. Renouard 175; Schreiber Estiennes 244.
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