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Arte nuevo de escribir por preceptos geometricos, y reglas mathematicas

Calligrapher Juan Claudio Aznar de Polanco (Spanish, 1663–1734), Engraved by Juan Bernabé Palomino (Spanish, 1692–1777), Printer Manuel Ruiz de Murga (Spanish, 18th century)

Place of Publication: Madrid, Spain

Catalogue Raisonné

Berlin 5245; Bonacini 123; Cotarelo y Mori I, pp. 134-40; Palau (2nd ed.) 21133; Becker, Practice of Letters, 137


Overall: 30.7 x 21.7 x 3 cm (12 1/16 x 8 9/16 x 1 3/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Illustrated book with 42 engravings

Not On View


Europe, Prints and Drawings


Illustrated books

(Madrid: Herederos de Manuel Ruiz de Murgos, 1719) Quarto; 140 leaves, plus plates; contemporary vellum (tan cloth box).

Engraved title and portraits; lettering samples, decorative alphabets, and geometric constructions of letters

Madrid: Herederos de Manuel Ruiz de Murgos, 1719


Harry A. Levinson, Beverly Hills, CA (his catalogue 58), from whom purchased by MFA, September 19, 1962.

Credit Line

William A. Sargent Fund