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#206 - Giambattista Bodoni

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Incredibly rare letter from Europe’s revolutionary 18th-century typographer

Italian typographer, compositor, printer, and publisher (1740–1813). Third-person ALS in Italian, one page, 6.75 x 9.5, no date. In full (roughly translated): “Bodoni, being prevented by the motives mentioned in the previous letter to respond categorically to the letter of the illustrious and very dear Danielle, announces a fuller answer very soon. Meanwhile, he recommends himself in the most efficient way to the courteous, tender, and loving initiative of his friend, Doctor Pizzetti, trusting that he will be very grateful to obtain the due reparation of his reputation that is necessary for every reason of justice.” In very good condition, with light overall foxing, staining to the lower left (affecting a few words), and repaired paper loss to a few areas at the bottom of the sheet. Despite his quarrelsome nature (it was not uncommon for him to be in need of “reparation of his reputation”), Giambattista Bodoni’s career far surpassed any typographer of his time. After successfully organizing the Royal Printing-house in Parma, he was given permission to open one under his own name, Officina Bodoni—a rare honor at that time. Designing and personally engraving nearly 300 typefaces with an unprecedented level of technical refinement, and overseeing the production of over a thousand fine editions, he quite literally changed the face of European printing, earning a place among the most respected and influential typographers of all time. RR Auction COA.

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