Texts by U Thant, Paolo VI
1967 / vol. I: 144, vol. II: 342 PAGES
Published by Bodoni in 1806 with the Pater Noster [The Lord’s Prayer] in 155 languages, it is the most extensive catalogue of alphabets and typefaces ever printed. This new edition also includes a volume dedicated to Pope Paul VI’s speech at the United Nations in 1965.
The Oratio Dominica was published by Bodoni in 1806 to celebrate Pope Pius VII's trip to Paris for Napoleon's coronation. In addition to a preface written by Bodoni himself in French, Italian and Latin, there is also a dedication to Prince Eugène de Beauharnais, who financed its publication. The work includes the translation of the Pater Noster - The Lord's Prayer - into 155 languages, the most extensive catalogue of alphabets and typefaces ever published.
The Franco Maria Ricci edition is an anastatic reproduction of the volume by Bodoni and was created specifically to celebrate the papal journey of Paul VI. A second volume dedicated to the Pope's speech to the United Nations (1965), calling for world peace, has also been included with the reprint of Bodoni's Oratio.
No bibliophile will want to be without these two volumes: the individual typefaces of the different fonts and alphabets have been reconstructed one by one by copying the letters of the original onto graph paper and acquiring them photographically. The laid paper has a very high grammage and bears the papal coat of arms in filigree. The binding is leather embossed with the papal coat of arms.