Tratado del Origen, y Arte de Escribir Bien, illustrado con veinte y cinco laminas…

Gerona: Narcisco Oliva, [n.d., ca. 1770]. Second edition, following the Barcelona edition, published by Carlos Saperá in 1768. The same engravings appear in both editions. In the present edition, the second calligraphic plate appears in a second state, with horizontal ruling added. The present edition has two additional chapters, other textual additions, and extra licenses not found in the first edition, but lacks the two-leaf “Alphabeto de letras mayusculas floreadas.”. Engraved frontisportrait of the author within an elaborated calligraphic background, engraved dedication leaf (to Don Carlos Tercero) and twenty engraved plates of calligraphy. Large woodcut text illustration on p. 57. Decorative headbands, tail-pieces and initial letters. Text in double columns. The last four pages consist of various printed alphabets. Covers soiled, chip at foot of spine. Light stamp on title-page and at a couple of other points. Some plates slightly shaved, calligraphic doodling on back endpapers. A good copy. Contemporary limp vellum with title in manuscript on spine. Folio. [6], 136, [4] pp. Item #13528

OCLC lists six copies of the present edition (some with the date wrongly reckoned as 1766), and nine copies of the first. The Harvard Library Hollis Catalogue, which has both editions, is helpful in sorting out the differences.

Berlin Katalog 5247 (this edition). Bonacini 1310, Palau 201092. Palau, Practice of Letters, 140.

Price: $2,500.00

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