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La Operina [Ludovico Vicentino degli Arrighi]

Full e-text of the first book on writing, La Operina (Ludovico Vicentino degli Arrighi, 1522), a 32-page book about Arrighi's calligraphic lettering. Comments by G. Briem. Briem writes: The author was a copyist, papal scribe, publisher and type designer. He called himself Ludovico Vicentino, and wrote the name eight times into his short text. Yet we know him as Arrighi, a name that appears nowhere in the book. Operina shows great handwriting on every page. It is more than a set of model sheets, however. It describes Arrighi's underlying forms and two basic entry movements. It covers the spacing of lines, words and letters. It deals with slant and joins. Operina is a slim volume of 32 pages. It teaches italic handwriting and is still essential reading. Each page was printed from a separate woodcut by Ugo da Carpi, who is best known as a master of chiaroscuro engraving. Title page. Page 20. Page 26. Page 27. Page 28. Page 29. Page 30. Last page.

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