The Printing Office presents a splendid collection of six books published between 1975 and 1977 by the Veronese artisanal print shop of deux amis Renzo Sommaruga and Igino Battistoni. Entitled ‘Documents of Contemporary Graphics’ and produced with exemplary care, in the plans of its editors-printers this series was to represent a substantial contribution to the dissemination of an artistic and aesthetic sensibility in step with the times. For this reason, they invested in the project by printing three thousand numbered and certified copies with the seal of the Castelvecchio Museum. As a guarantee for the purchasers, at the end of the print run the plates were biffed. Sommaruga and Battistoni’s intention was to keep the selling price as low as possible, so that the widest possible number of readers could get to know and appreciate the artistic expression of the time. The Printing Office re-publishes this authentic bibliographic treasure today in the same spirit as its creators.
Each title released from the presses of Aux Deux Amis introduces and presents six works by six different contemporary artists of the time:
Miguel Berrocal, Suite Veronese, Linoleographies, Verona, Aux Deux Amis, 1975
Eugenio Tomiolo, Cavalcature, Six linocuts, Verona, Aux Deux Amis, 1976
Gianni Dova, Racconto Bretone, Serigrafie, Verona, Aux Deux Amis, 1976
Eugenio Chicano, Homage to Machado, Linotypes, Verona, Aux Deux Amis, 1976
Virgilio Guidi, I volti della memoria, Six linocuts, Verona, Aux Deux Amis, 1976
Giuseppe Ajmone, Sei Nudi, Lithographs, Verona, Aux Deux Amis, 1977
Inside, the reader will find texts by the author (poems, short stories or significant quotations), original prints made by the artist, and, in each copy, an exclusive gift: a framed print, numbered and certified as well. All books are typeset in Bembo font, printed and bound by the Stamperia Valdonega of Verona, founded and directed by Giovanni Mardersteig. The numbered and certified prints are linocuts by Renzo Sommaruga, serigraphs by Igino Battistoni (Studiograph, Verona) or lithographs, in collaboration with La Spirale (Milan). The paper for the interior is 160 g, in a special watermarked manufacture from the Fratelli Magnani paper mill in Pescia, while a heavy coloured cardboard from the Miliani paper mill in Fabriano was used for the cover.
Complete set of 6 volumes of 24 pages each in an elegant slipcase
24 × 33 cm
Numbered, signed and certified copies
A complimentary original print for each title