POGGI, Mauro (b.1691). Alfabeto di lettere iniziali. [Florence: ca. 1730].
Oblong 2° (276 x 420mm). 25 leaves engraved throughout by Lorenzo Lorenzi after Poggi, title within a rococo border of stylised foliage supporting seven putti holding various tools of the writing-master's art, 24 plates, one for each letter of the alphabet (no J or W required). (Single small wormhole throughout, faint corner dampstain in 2 plates.) 19th-century marbled boards, rebacked in modern polished calf.
RARE. Poggi flourished in Florence in the first half of the 18th century, and is known to have published only this work. The basis for each plate is a single cursive capital, but the final results are a tour-de-force of artistic imagination channeled into rococo exuberance involving animals, birds, mythological figures, flowers, fish, etc. 'Preziosa raccolta di una sorprendente ricchezza d'immaginazione.': Bonacini 1453; Berlin Kat. 5295.