This volume collects the headwords that Giacinto Carena dedicates to the technical terms concerning typography and the material aspects of the book in his Vocabolario metodico d’arti e mestieri (1853), a work that has long been a reference model for lexicographers, and was also admired by Alessandro Manzoni.
Paper production, type casting, printing, bookbinding, every tool, every raw material, every aspect of the process is recorded and documented by Carena in good living language, verified on the spot at the artisans of the time in Tuscany, where he had travelled several times for long periods. Since that time, along with the technology itself for producing books, the possibility of establishing conceptual relationships between nomeclatures has changed profoundly, as has the way lexical links are graphically represented. But those interested in the world of typography will find in this work a valuable tool to pleasantly explore, and rediscover in its most concrete aspects, the book trade in the 19th century.
Published by Ronzani Editore
Edited by Giuseppe Càntele and Elsa Zaupa
Introduction by Alessandro Corubolo