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James Clough, Chiara Scattolin Alphabets of Wood

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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.

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
Hardcover
English edition

ISBN 978-88-95932-00-2 EN
Pubblicato da / Published by Antiga Edizioni

Authors

James Clough

Calligrafo e studioso londinese, ha studiato Typographic Design al London College of Printing. Ha lavorato come designer e calligrafo soprattutto a Milano, dove si è stabilito e vive a tuttoggi dal 1971. Insegna tipografia e storia della tipografia presso atenei italiani e svizzeri e ha curato l’allestimento di tre musei della stampa. Tiene conferenze in Italia, Inghilterra, Stati Uniti e Turchia. Scrive di tipografia per pubblicazioni italiane e internazionali, come Matrix, Eye, Codex tra le altre. Nel 2014 con Chiara Scattolin ha scritto Alfabeti di Legno, Luigi Melchiori e la storia dei caratteri di legno in Italia, pubblicato da Tipoteca Italiana.

James Clough is a Londoner and he studied typographic design at the London College of Printing. He works as a designer and calligrapher in Milan where he has been living since 1971. He teaches typography and its history in several Italian and Swiss universities and has lectured in Britain and the USA. He writes for Italian and international publications including Matrix, Eye and Codex. He is co-author of Alphabets of Wood, an illustrated history of Italian wood type published by the Tipoteca Italiana in 2014.