Evangelivm sanctvm Domini Nostri Iesu Christi

Evangelivm sanctvm Domini Nostri Iesu Christi conscriptvm a qvatvor Evangelistis sanctis idest, Matthaeo, Marco, Lvca, et Iohanne. Rome, 1590.

Evangelivm sanctvm Domini Nostri Iesu Christi conscriptvm a qvatvor Evangelistis sanctis idest, Matthaeo, Marco, Lvca, et Iohanne. Rome, 1590.

In 1584, Giovani Battista Raimondi (ca. 1536-1614), professor of mathematics and philosophy, founded in Rome the Medici Oriental Press  The first great Arabic publication of the press was this edition of the Gospels, bearing the date 1590 on the title page, and 1591 at the end.

The Arabic types were made by outstanding type-cutter, Robert Grandjon of Lyon, who manufactured moveable metal type. The cursive Arabic script reproduced in the works of the Medici Press bettered all previous attempts in Europe, and would remain unsurpassed long after the press had closed.The 149 woodcuts with which the book is illustrated were probably made by Leonardo Parasole (born c. 1570) after designs by the Florentine artist Antonio Tempesta, known for the frescoes he painted in the Vatican and numerous palaces. Six other Arabic texts were printed by this press over the next four years, including five scientific texts by Muslim scholars.

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