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(Parma: Franco Maria Ricci, 1967). 438 x 292 mm. (17 1/4 x 11 1/2"). Two volumes. Preface and introduction by U Thant. ONE OF 700 COPIES.
Publisher's excellent red straight-grain morocco, covers with gilt frame and central coat of arms, raised bands flanked by decorative gilt rules, panels with gilt lettering or central fleuron. In original morocco-lipped marbled paper slipcase. ◆In mint condition.
Produced in conjunction with the Museo Bodoni, these volumes commemorate the 1965 visit by Pope Paul VI to the United Nations. "Allocutio Pro Pace" ["Address for Peace"] presents the Pope's speech (in French) to the United Nations General Assembly, with a preface and introduction in English by UN Secretary General U Thant. The companion volume is a facsimile of a work produced in 1806 by the great Italian printer Giambattista Bodoni in honor of the visit of Pope Pius VII to the coronation of Napoleon in Paris. In this second work, we see Bodoni's printing of the Lord's Prayer in 155 languages from Asia, Europe, Africa, and the Americas, including many using non-Roman alphabets. It was a tour de force in typography requiring the design of Illyric, Ethiopian, Russian, Arabic, Hebrew, and Greek types (among others), and manifesting Bodoni's unequalled virtuosity. Apart from their content, the thick paper, beautiful typefaces, and fine bindings make this a most appealing set. (CJW1323a-c)