Alphabetum Romanum



Verona: Editiones Officinae Bodoni, 1960.

Translated by R.H. Boothroyd from the original Italian text which contains Feliciano’s treatise on the geometric construction of the Roman alphabet (circa 1460). Introduction and Biographical Notes by Giovanni Mandersteig. Number 360 of 400 copies in English. 8vo. 9 X 6 ins. 140 pp. Set in Dante roman and italic type and printed on Magnani mould-made paper. Quarter brown moroccco with matching Roma paper covered boards. Gilt press device on upper cover. Gilt spine titling. Top edge gilt, others untrimmed. 25 engraved letters hand-coloured after the original manuscript colours by Amiglio Trivella plus 5 heliogravure plates and text figures with original tissue guards. Felice Feliciano, born in 1433, is mentioned several times in Burckhardt’s “The Civiilzation of the Renaissance in Italy” referring to his construction of the Roman alphabet and his collection of ancient manuscripts. Following many years of research, Mandersteig created this fascinating book about the “scriptor” and his creation of the Roman alphabet. Prospectus loosely inserted. A fine copy with usual staining from the morocco turn-ins.

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