Vatican City, Biblioteca Apostolica Vaticana, MS Vat. lat. 6852

Roman Alphabet Facsimile Edition

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The Roman Alphabet is a manuscript created by Italian calligrapher, artist, and alchemist Felice Feliciano around 1460, perhaps in Verona. It comprises hand-colored letters of the Latin alphabet formed into Square Capitals using rules of geometry and the subdivision of a square into four parts. Printed in 1463, Feliciano's designs would have a profound impact on the type used by Italian printers. Each calligraphed letter is accompanied by a short epigram in Italian written in red ink. The letters are followed by recipes for colored ink and a poem in Latin by Paolo Ramusio.

We have 1 facsimile edition of the manuscript "Roman Alphabet": Felice Feliciano. Alphabetum Romanum facsimile edition, published by Belser Verlag, 1985

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Manuscript book description compiled by Dongwon Esther Kim.
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Felice Feliciano. Alphabetum Romanum

Zurich: Belser Verlag, 1985

  • Commentary (German, Italian) by Mardersteig, Giovanni
  • Full-size color reproduction of the entire original document, Roman Alphabet: the facsimile attempts to replicate the look-and-feel and physical features of the original document; pages are trimmed according to the original format; the binding might not be consistent with the current document binding.

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