Alphabets of Wood is the first study to survey the hitherto unknown history of wood type in Italy. The archive of the craftsman and wood type maker Luigi Melchiori, collected in the Tipoteca, was the starting point to broaden our gaze and investigate the history of the wood type manufacturers.
The book is enriched by two inserts letterpress printed from original wood type from the Tipoteca’s archive: a more than natural choice, since the topic of the book. The most incisive form to “highlight” them was their impression on paper.
Published by Antiga Edizioni Texts by James Clough, Chiara Scattolin
21,5 × 25 cm 208 pages Printed in offset with two letterpress inserts, printed on Atena Nebiolo with original wooden typefaces Hardback English Isbn 978-88-95932-00-2
How many times have you challenged friends in memory games? Finally now you can do it combining elements of modernist typography!
The package contains a set of 54 cards with all the letters of the alphabet and a liar with the indications of name, typography and place of origin of each single character. Each paper was printed with a wooden letter preserved from the Anonima Impressori typeface collection!
Cards: Matt coated carat paper 350 gm Painting with wooden characters and original friezes.
Booklet: Lito-offset printing Shiro Echo Favini paper 130 gm
The Saggio sulla tipografia (Essay on Typography) was written by Eric Gill in 1931, and is the quintessence of his thought. Gill expresses in it a comprehensive view of the role of typography and printing in the modern world, but also his ideas on the role of man in an industrial society. He addresses the history and evolution of letters, the art of typography, type design, page design, ink and colour preparation, paper production, binding, and even spelling.
It is Gill’s only major theoretical contribution to typography and remains essential reading for anyone interested in the art of letters, their form and function, of which Gill is an undisputed master.
Published by Ronzani Editore 15 × 23.5 cm 212 pages Paperback Italian / English Isbn 978-88-94911-15-2
Ninety years after the first and only edition, Ronzani reproposes this small classic of typography in facsimile, which also allows us to visually appreciate the didactic vocation of the book.
In Come nasce un libro (How a book is born) (1931) Raffaello Bertieri recounts in a flat manner, with didactic precision and a wealth of examples, all the phases of book production, from the typesetting of the texts to the actual printing and binding, showing in detail how interdependent the various phases are, and how accuracy and precision are essential to the realisation of the work. After decades of profound changes, concerning not only technology, publishing and graphics, but also the whole cultural and social phenomena behind book production, these pages – an expression of Bertieri’s ‘functionalist’ approach to graphic design – maintain their interest intact, both as a first-rate document on the state of the book art in the 1920s and 1930s, and for the topicality of the lessons and considerations on the qualities a book must have in order to satisfy, first and foremost, the reader’s needs.
Ninety years after the first and only edition, Ronzani reproposes this small classic of typography in facsimile, which also allows us to visually appreciate the book’s didactic vocation.
Published by Ronzani Editore 256 pages Paperback Isbn 978-88-94911-60-2