High-Resolution Scans of Arrighi's Operina

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High-Resolution Scans of Arrighi's Operina
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I'm looking for high-resolution scans from pages of Arrighi's La Operina, which is a classic manual for calligraphy and for the 'chancery italic' approach to pre-printing-press typography. I'm aware of an on line resource of "the" work, but the resolution is too low.

The work doesn't have to be authentic and I'll consider examples of modern interpretations. I have a copy of Three Classics of Italian Calligraphy but it doesn't show enough detail.

Any help appreciated.

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1. What online source are you aware of?
2. Do you want the scans to revive as a font, or for teaching?
If you want to revive it as a font I would think a very large scan, even though 72dpi, would work.

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  1. What online source are you aware of?
  2. Do you want the scans to revive as a font, or for teaching?
  1. http://www.operina.com/
  2. I want to study some of the swashes.

If you want to revive it as a font I would think a very large scan, even though 72dpi, would work.

Thanks but it's not what I'm after. Getting any high-resolution scan seems to be the problem.

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Are you aware there is the font p22 operina? This is a faithfull facsimile digitalisation, with all the swashes and alternates:

http://www.myfonts.com/fonts/ihof/p22-operina/

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Thanks! I wasn't aware of it.

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If the P22 font won't work for you, there are scans available. They are only 72dpi but the pages are very large. For study or for making a font (redrawn) I would think they are adequate.

There are two versions available:
This file is the original scans, with the pages in a horizontal format, uncropped.
laoperinadiludou00arri_orig_jp2.tar

This file has the pages rotated and cropped, final page size about 26x41.
laoperinadiludou00arri_jp2.zip

Both files are available here:
https://ia801704.us.archive.org/27/items/laoperinadiludou00arri/

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Thanks George. I wasn't going to buy the font, but the links you sent are perfect!

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One must remember the origin... it is only a "cut" facsimile of the writing. There are scans of manuscripts that exist.

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Thanks @typerror. I was aware of the origin, but I just wanted some larger examples so I could accurately measure the relative distances of points on the scans.