BODONI, Giambattista

Manuale Tipografico.

Verona: Officina Bodoni.. 1968.

First Bodoni edition, one of ten copies for presentation, this copy with the printed presentation: "This copy has been printed for David Earl of Crawford", and with an autograph card from the printed Giovanni Mardersteig "for David from GM. Verona, September 1969" and a pencillled presentation note to the front free endpaper. A further 180 numbered copies were also issued. Folio, 310x225mm. pp. xxxviii, 155 leaves of upright Roman and Italic typefaces and 28 leaves of Greek; xli-iii index, colophon. Original brown paper-covered boards, printed paper label to spine, original dust-jacket, housed in a custom green cloth slipcase. David Lindsay, 28th Earl of Crawford and 11th Earl of Balcarres (1900-1975), served as chairman of the National Trust from 1945 to 1965, alongside serving as trustee of the Tate and National Galleries, the British Museum, and the National Library of Scotland. A fine copy. This is a facsimile of Bodoni's 1788 Manuale Tipografico, a celebrated collection of roman and italic typefaces by the great Italian printer. Of the 1788 original, around 150 copies were printed and, with many kept in printing houses as type specimen books, few have survived.

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