This, the second division of the group of scripts, stems from the Italian hand. The invention of the hand from which Mr Morison derives these Latin scripts, a less formal and rounder style of writing than that of Arrighi--named Cancelleresca Bastarda1--was claimed by Vespasiano Amphiareo, theVenetian writing master.
Of the Latin scripts in France Mr Johnson says 'there are three groups . . .the ronde, a descendant of civilité which is largely gothic (frequently found as a decorative type in French books of the first half of the nineteenth century), the bâtarde coulée, also called financière, because used in the Ministry of Finance, and the bâtarde ordinaire or italienne, the purest form of Latin script. Fournier uses the word bâtarde alone instead of bâtarde italienne. The financière, originally a more cursive variety of the bâtarde, in the course of time became indistinguishable from it . . . . The Latin scripts, that is, those based on the Italian hand, are curiously late in typographical history, &in fact are comparatively rare before the____________________