Oblong (170 x 338 mm).  leaves. Engraved title dated 1830, 16 engraved plates of calligraphic specimens by Cominotti, extra inserted leaf dated 1852, engraved by C. Castellini. Leaves of varying heights, some deckle edges. Occasional light foxing. Stab-stitched in original yellow printed wrappers, dated 1852, title on front cover and publisher’s catalogue on back cover, both within decorative borders (repaired marginal tear to lower wrapper, tears to spine, small stain on upper wrapper) . ***
A simple and elegant engraved calligraphic specimen book, in the extreme oblong format prized by 19th-century Italy publishers in the genre; only edition, second issue with an extra leaf and wrappers from 1852.
The 1830 title with its fluid but restrained calligraphic swirls framing stiff gothic lettering contrasts with the inserted leaf from 1852 which follows it, containing a variety of shaded capitals, exuberant decorative display letters, and two calligraphic figures of putti. 15 of Cominotti’s 16 engraved samples are of cursive script; the last shows an alphabet in three sets of decorative capitals including one of ornamented gothic.
On the back of the 1852 wrapper is a list of 19 publications of the brothers Vignozzi, all works of instruction, many for children or youth, in literature, Italian language and grammar, French, geography, arithmetic, history, and religion. Cominotti seems to have been one of the Vignozzi house engravers and graphic artists: ICCU lists two maps by him, and an 1827 Metodo per imparare a scrivere in sette lezioni, all published by the Vignozzi.
Not found in the standard calligraphy bibliographies; OCLC locates a single copy of the 1830 issue, at the Newberry Library. Item #2576