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Il perfetto scrittore

Illustrated by Giovanni Francesco Cresci (Italian, worked 1560–1570), Cut by Giovan Francesco Aureri da Crema (Italian, 16th century), Engraved by Andrea Marelli (Italian, active 1567–1572)

Place of Publication: Rome, Italy

Catalogue Raisonné

Berlin 5187; Bonacini 426-27; Becker 24


Overall: 19.5 x 27.4 x 2.2 cm (7 11/16 x 10 13/16 x 7/8 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Illustrated book with numerous woodcuts [first part] and 23 engravings and 46 woodcuts [second part]

Not On View


Europe, Prints and Drawings


Illustrated books

(Rome: Giovanni Francesco Cresci, 1570) Oblong quarto; 92 leaves [two parts in one]; modern gilt-stamped red morocco

Illustrations: portrait of author within engraved title border; [first part] woodcuts of various alphabets; [second part] woodcut roman capital alphabet (printed twice) and engraved decorative chancery capital alphabet.

Rome: Giovanni Francesco Cresci, 1570


Early ownership inscriptions front and rear preliminary leaves; William H. Schab, New York, from whom purchased by MFA, April 8, 1948.

Credit Line

William A. Sargent Fund