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An American Tribute to Bodoni



In the book entitled 'A Traveler in Italy' by H.V. Morton (Methuen & Co.
Ltd, London, 1964, p.214) I read that in an aisle of the medieval
cathedral in Parma, Italy, lies G.B. Bodoni, the most influential
printer of the eighteenth century. Above the tomb, apparently, the
following in English is written:

                 IN  ENDURING  RECOGNITION

                        GIAMBATTISTA

                           BODONI


             THE PRINTERS  OF  THE  UNITED  STATES

                         OF  AMERICA

                         X C M L V I


Perhaps an expert in the history of printing in America could give an
explanation of this somewhat surprising tribute?
Thank you in advance for the trouble.

--
Rezan Peya Gökçen,
rgokcen@uoguelph.ca
http://ugalumni.uoguelph.ca/~rgokcen/Turkish_Bookarts

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