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The Glory of the Art of Writing

Image from Alunno manuscript

The Glory of the Art of Writing: The Calligraphic Work of Francesco Alunno of Ferrara.  By Nicolas Barker.   Los Angeles: Cotsen Occasional Press, 2009. 141 pp. (text); 231 pp. (facsimile).   231 color plates.  Two volumes, regular and oblong quarto.  

Blue cloth in custom slipcase. Printed mailing folder.

This work unites the Rothschild Alunno, now in the Cotsen Children’s Library, with Alunno’s remaining work from four European collections and reconstructs the original appearance of the cartoni by the preeminent 15th century Italian writing master.  The cartoni are presented in full color facsimile, with a text revealing the results of Barker’s more than fifty years of researches into the identity, associations, and achievements of Francesco Alunno. The scholarly apparatus provides a complete catalogue of the cartoni, with transcriptions and translations of source documents concerning Alunno and his milieu, with special reference to Pietro Aretino.

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Collector and former Assistant Keeper of the Conservation Department at the British Library, Dr. Barker has published extensively on the history of the book.  He is best known for his A Sequel to an Enquiry into the Nature of Certain Nineteenth Century Pamphlets by John Carter and Graham Pollard, The Oxford University Press and the Spread of Learning, and Aldus Manutius and the Development of Greek Script & Type in the Fifteenth Century.

Available for purchase from the Cotsen Children's Library or online at Oak Knoll