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A letter of Pope Leo X

Happy Manuscript Monday!  This week's offering is a letter from the papal chancery of Pope Leo X, written in Rome on March 27, 1517, to Ottaviano Fregoso, Doge of Genoa.  The letter is signed Jacopo Sadoleto as papal secretary and was written by the papal scribe, Ludovico degli Arrighi.  In addition to being a papal scribe, Arrighi was a type designer and author.  His typefaces, based on his own elegant script, have influenced the design of fonts and letter forms from the Renaissance to the present.



Kelli Hansen

Kelli Hansen is head of the Special Collections and Rare Books department.

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