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lot 1

1650. BOOK: (WRITING-CALLIGRAPHY). CASANOVA, IOSEPH DE: FIRST PART OF THE ART OF WRITING ALL FORMS OF LETTERS... DEDICATED TO THE VERY POWERFUL, AND CATHOLIC MONARCHA DON PHELIPE III EL GRANDE. Madrid: Diego Díaz de la Carrera, 1650. 4th major. 6 h., including a cover with a large royal coat of arms in intaglio and woodcut edging and a portrait of the author by Pedro de Villafranca + 58 pages + 4 h. manuscripts from the period, signed by Pedro Garcia Raposso. Folder 29 short of the bottom margin. Enc. in full leather with irons and golden threads in both planes, nerves, painted cuts. Despite indicating 'Part One', this is all that has been published. Rare first edition of the work of one of the most important calligraphers of his time, only surpassed - and not in everything - by Morante. Palau 46814.