Italian wood types - specimen book

Description

Alpha-numeric collectible series, imprinted with hand-engraved wooden characters in Italy in the nineteenth and first half of the twentieth century.

Their kaleidoscopic expressiveness, from Apollonian to Dionysian, from classic style to fantasy, is a tribute to Italian creativity in the field of type design.

Series of 36 collectible cards, including letters, numbers and punctuation.

Print

Press in the press with hand-engraved wooden typefaces in Italy in the nineteenth and first half of the twentieth century. The texts are hand-composed with original nineteenth-century types in the Art Nouveau style.

Publisher: Tallone
Dimensions: 16x27 cm

Circulation

88 numbered copies, printed on 300 gram Magnani pure cotton paper.

Peculiarities

The manual engraving by means of gouges and burins makes each of these characters a unique piece. Sometimes signed by highly prestigious xylographs (such as the Salvati di Foligno), sometimes engraved by craftsmen who remained anonymous or by the printers themselves, they go beyond the seriality that connotes the characters produced mechanically on the pantograph in industrial quantities.

Insights

The posters and theatrical and cinematographic posters printed with these characters have colored the Italian streets and squares for over a century and a half, characterizing Italian street furniture in a unique and unmistakable way.

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Italian wood types - specimen book

Description

Type specimen book printed from wood types cut by hand in Italy between the mid-nineteenth and early twentieth century.

Their kaleidoscopic expressiveness, either Apollonian or Dionysian, oldstyle or fanciful, reflects the scope of Italian creativity in the field of wood type engraving.

Series of 36 collectable cards, which comprehends letters, numbers and punctuation characters.

Printing

Printed letterpress from wood types cut by hand in Italy between the mid-nineteenth and early twentieth century.

Texts are printed letterpress from original art nouveau types, cast at the end of the 19th century.

Press: Heel
Size: 16x27 cm

Number of copies

88 numbered copies.

Paper: 300 grams Magnani pure cotton rag paper.

Features

Each piece of type, carved by hand using gouges and gravers, is unique. Some come from prestigious wood-type producers (such as the Salvati company in Foligno), others were cut by artisans or the typographers themselves, who did not signed them, and all lie outside the realm of serial wood type mass-produced by pantograph.

Details

For a century and a half, billboards and theater posters set with these iconic and expressive types had been adding much to the urban design of Italian streets and squares, characterizing them in an unmistakable manner.

Italian wood types - specimen book

€580.00Price