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Illustrated Writing Manuals

La Operina, 1522-24

Location: Z 43 A3 L8333

Ours is an English translation and facsimile edition, created by John Howard Benson in 1954.

La Operina, The First Writing Book, was written by Ludovico Arrighi to teach italic handwriting. Each page was printed from a separate woodcut by Ugo da Carpi, who is best known as a master of chiaroscuro engraving. The book was published around 1522.

Arrighi's La Operina

Title page, translated by Benson

Arte Subtilissima, 1550

Location: Z 43 A3 I3 1960

Juan de Yciar's writing manual brought the Chancery script to Spain, It focuses more on the art of the engraver. The Library owns a facsimile of the 1550 edition of Arte Subtilissima.

Arte Subtilissima

Title page