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.
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.