[Stock catalogues, unnumbered series] Calligraphy 1535-1885: a collection of seventy-two writing-books and specimens from the Italian, French, Low Countries and Spanish schools. Catalogued and described with upwards of 210 illustrations and an introduction by Stanley Morison
Milan, La Bibliofilia, 1962
(24.5 cm), 175 (1) pp., approximately 200 illustrations. 72 items. Publisher’s pictorial wrappers. - The excellent descriptions (of fourteen French, one Portuguese, three Spanish, three Netherlandish, and fifty-one Italian writing books) cite other copies, in forty-five libraries (European and American) surveyed by the compiler. The introduction by Morison occupies pp.11-29. “Although booksellers’ catalogues do not as a rule call for a review, an exception must be made for this one because it makes important contributions to scholarship and bibliography” (P.H. Muir, in The Book Collector, volume 11, 1962, pp.510-514). Fernand Baudin, Stanley Morison et la tradition typographique (Brussels 1966), no. 140. Tony Appleton, The writings of Stanley Morison: a handlist (Brighton 1976), no. 214. ¶ Copy 41 of 2000 printed on Fabriano paper. Presentation inscription by Carla Marzoli, dated 1981, on endpaper. Wrapper rubbed.