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November 08, 2013

Poggio Bracciolini

"(Gian Francesco) Poggio Bracciolini (February 11, 1380 – October 30, 1459) served under seven popes, as a Florentine/Roman scholar, writer and an early humanist. He recovered a great number of classical Latin manuscripts, mostly decaying and forgotten in German, Swiss, and French monastic libraries, including the only surviving Lucretius, and disseminated manuscript copies among his learned friends."

Zuhandenheit: "Poggio was famous for his beautiful and legible book hand. The formal humanist script he invented developed into Roman type, which remains popular as a printing font today (as his friend Niccolò de' Niccoli's script developed into the Italic type first used by Aldus Manutius in 1501)."

Posted by Ghost of a flea at November 8, 2013 09:57 AM