Giovanni Battista Bodoni or Giambattista Bodoni?

Joe Pemberton's picture

Which is correct? I've found Italian sources that list the former and American sources that list the latter. Is Giambattista simply a nickname or an Americanized name? (No I'm not suggesting he was an American.)

Cheers.

Celeste's picture

I think it’s the same name — “Giambattista” being simply a shorter (i.e. contracted) form of the complete “Giovanni Battista” (“Jean-Baptiste” in French, “John the Baptist” in English).

kentlew's picture

Joe -- The title page to Bodoni's Manuale Tipografico shows "Giambattista."

From the Octavo edition.

-- K.

Celeste's picture

As does the 1771 Specimen.

Joe Pemberton's picture

Thanks all. I'll show you what I'm working on when it's ready...

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