The occasion of Grafiche Antiga’s fiftieth anniversary offers a good pretext to bring to life a work, rich in images and content, that not only retraces the history of the Tipoteca museum, but above all puts materials and documents of absolute value in the spotlight. And the book itself becomes a journey into printing, with the shrewd use of papers and techniques that know how to give the printed book ‘character’ in the digital age, starting above all with the three inserts printed in letterpress with historical typefaces from the Tipoteca archive.
Designed by London-based graphic designer Simon Esterson, with visual narration by photographer Claudio Rocci and texts by Italian and foreign scholars, Tipoteca. Una storia italiana is a tribute to the beauty of books and typography, with special emphasis on typefaces and machines, an authentic historical heritage saved by Tipoteca and made still accessible to the public thanks to years of commitment and passion.
Published by Antiga Edizioni
Edited by Leonardo Facchin and Sandro Berra
Preface by Lucio Passerini
Texts by James Clough, Cesare De Michelis, Jost Hochuli, Alan Kitching, Mathieu Lommen, Arnaldo Loner, Bill & Jim Moran, James Mosley, Erik Spiekermann, Enrico Tallone, Alberto Vigevani
Photographs by Claudio Rocci
Book design Simon Esterson
23 × 29 cm
Over 230 images
Hardback with slipcase
Three letterpress inserts