header. Arrighi’s Operina. Operina (Rome, ) The author, Ludovico Arrighi, was a copyist, papal scribe, publisher and type designer. Arrighi’s “operina” Versus Benson’s “arrighi’s Operina” – posted in Calligraphy Discussions: I have had a photocopy of Arrighis Operina for. Paperback isbn 1 18 3. Digital. Published by. Operina LLC. operina .com> [email protected] Printed and bound in the United States of America.

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You currently have javascript disabled. Several functions may not work. Please re-enable javascript to access full functionality. Posted arrihi March – I have had a photocopy of Arrighi’s Operina for several years.

For this who do not know, the “Operina,” or “little work,” of Ludovico Vicentino degli Arrighi, first published inis commonly regarded as the first of the Italic handwriting instructional manuals. The author is usually referred to as “Arrighi” these days, although, in his own time, he was more commonly called “Vicentino. Inpresses with moveable type were in use in Italy, but Arrighi’s book was written entirely in the hand it was teaching and then carved into wooden blocks from which the book was printed.

In his preface Al benigno lettore To the Kind ReaderArrighi admits that the wood blocks cannot reproduce hand written arrlghi with complete accuracy. They copied what they saw. These errors, in my opinion, largely consist of converting smooth parabolic curves into sharp angles.

These occur when the movement arrihhi the pen changes direction, at entry and exit strokes and at the bottom of letters with bodies like the a, d, qfor example. Arrighi’s Operina,”first published in This was, I believe, the first complete English translation of Operinaand Benson wrote out his translation in Arrighi’s chancery cursive hand and in Arrighi’s format.

So, in effect, he created a translated reproduction of Operina for the English-speaking world. Benson included a photocopy of a first edition of Operinaso that both the translated text and the handwriting can be compared to the original by the reader. This little book is a wonderful resource and is highly recommended for anyone interested in either the history of letters and writing or in learning to write chancery cursive.


Benson’s copy of Operina is a photocopy of Arrighi’s first printed edition. Therefore, it has all the shortcomings of which Arrighi argighi his readers.

John Howard Benson: Arrighi’s Operina

Benson’s translation, on the other hand, is reproduced photographically from his hand-written original. It is free of the limitations imposed by reproducing hand written text by carving it into wood blocks.

So, while Benson’s writing cannot be absolutely identical to Arrighi’s hand in every detail, it may be closer in certain important respects than the wood block copy represented in Operina.

Always wonderful to hear from you. I have had and studied Benson’s book for many years now.

Ludovico Vicentino degli Arrighi

Feel you are right on all accounts. By its nature, it is almost impossible for woodcuts to operiina the distortions you see in Arrighi’s book.

Two thoughts on proof that the sharp edges are not natural to Italic. The first is that any photo-reproduction of Chancery writing from the 16th century that I have seen — and there are many on the ‘net — shows a rounded letter, not a sharply angular one. The second is that any printed, metal-type book from that period also shows a rounded, rather than angular, version of the Chancery hand. Yours, Randal From a person’s actions, we may infer attitudes, beliefs, and values. We do not know these characteristics outright.

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Though it’d probably be faster for me to order a copy for myself even a request to the annexe or archive takes a few days to a week, let alone something from interstate. I’m guilty of rather angular letterforms, which I’ve tried to change but it’s been a bit of a struggle as I usually write quite small.

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