Giovanni Battista Bodoni or Giambattista Bodoni?

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Joe Pemberton's picture
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Giovanni Battista Bodoni or Giambattista Bodoni?
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Which is correct? I've found Italian sources that list the former and American sources that list the latter. Is Giambattista simply a nickname or an Americanized name? (No I'm not suggesting he was an American.)

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I think it’s the same name — “Giambattista” being simply a shorter (i.e. contracted) form of the complete “Giovanni Battista” (“Jean-Baptiste” in French, “John the Baptist” in English).

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Joe -- The title page to Bodoni's Manuale Tipografico shows "Giambattista."

From the Octavo edition.

-- K.

Stéphane Darricau's picture
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As does the 1771 Specimen.

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