I'm not sure if this is the right forum but there doesn't seem to be a dedicated typography forum.

I'm looking for high-resolution scans from pages of Arrighi's La Operina, which is a classic manual for calligraphy and for the 'chancery italic' approach to pre-printing-press typography. I'm aware of an on line resource of "the" work, but the resolution is too low.

The work doesn't have to be authentic and I'll consider examples of modern interpretations. I have a copy of Three Classics of Italian Calligraphy but it doesn't show enough detail.

Any help appreciated.

  • I'd suggest asking a question like this over at typophile.org
    – DA01
    Jun 7, 2013 at 14:45
  • @DA01 Thanks. I tried visiting that site but it didn't seem to have any typography-related content. Furthermore, the site was offering its own domain for sale. Am I overlooking something? Jun 7, 2013 at 16:44
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    Sorry! It's .com. Typophile.com it's a place with a lot of type 'scholars' in that they tend to know quite a bit of the historical aspects of the industry. (Click the FORUMS section)
    – DA01
    Jun 7, 2013 at 16:47
  • @DA01 Thanks. Looks like the right place to ask. Jun 8, 2013 at 8:06

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There is a copy on Archive.org: http://archive.org/details/laoperinadiludou00arri which seems to be higher resolution.

If that doesn't suit, my suggestion would be to buy http://www.myfonts.com/fonts/ihof/p22-operina/gallery.html and use it to re-set the text you need --- if you just want the cleaned-up appearance you could use Adobe Poetica.

John Howard Benson made a lovely translation, which I highly recommend. While the English pages are still copyrighted, the Italian are public domain.

  • Thanks for the pointer to the book! I'm not really interested in the font (copy). Jun 29, 2013 at 19:08

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