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Bodoni Collection

200 items (dispersed).

The Library's collection of books printed by Giambattista Bodoni (1740-1813), the greatest Italian printer of the period, includes eight duplicates and twenty items not recorded by Giani or Renouard.

The total consists solely of books, with no examples of the ephemeral material, lottery tickets, passports and inscriptions issued at Parma.

The Library has 127 of the titles listed by Giani together with fourteen of the items from the Royal Press and one of the typographic works, the famous Manuale Tipografico of 1818.

Of almost equal importance is the 1806 folio edition of the Oratio Dominica. Authors printed by Bodoni include Longus, Torquato Tasso, Lodovico Ariosto, Francesco Petrarch, Giovanni Battista Guarini, Giovanni Fantoni, Luigi Cerretti, Prospero Manara and Maria Luisa Cicci.

Available in Manchester are both the 1795 and 1796 editions of Dante, the earlier being copy number 42 presented by Bodoni to Lord Spencer.

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