New York: Henry Holt and Company, 2000. De Vicq de Cumptich, Roberto. Oblong quarto, original pictorial paper boards, original unclipped pictorial dust jacket. Item #10016
First edition of this alphabetical zoo, in which each animal is ingeniously constructed using the letters of the Bembo font family. An endnote explains the history of the Bembo font, originally cut by Francesco Griffo for the Renaissance printer Aldus Manutius, and named after the scholar and poet Pietro Bembo, whose works Aldus published: "while Bembo is prized as the most readable text face, its sharp, clean gracefulness was the inspiration behind using it to create the illustrations in this book." A fine copy of a delightful ABC.