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A discussion about printing (ragionamento della stampa fatto ai marmi di Firenze) - Anton Francesco Doni

Florence, late 15th century. An animated discussion takes place about the revolution prompted by the introduction of printing, in opposition to manuscript books.

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An animated discussion takes place before the Dome in Florence about the revolution prompted by the introduction of printing, in opposition to manuscript books. It reflects the opposite attitudes that, in recent times, has divided public opinion about digital and printed books.

First English appearance.

Bilingual English-Italian edition.

English translationby David Brancaleone, followed by the Italian text, that was firstly issued in 1552-53, Venice.

Introductory note by Nicholas Poole-Wilson.

Volume in 8vo format(cm 25x17) of 92 pages typeset by hand in Caslon types, derived from the original punches cut by William Caslon in the 18th century.

The volume is housed in a hand-made slipcase and box, custom made to an exact size, whose exteriors are covered with Ingres paper. The book title is letterpress-printed on the slipcase’s spine.

Limited and numbered print run of250 copies on Magnani paper made in Tuscany.

This is an ordinary copy.

Few special copies have been printed on Asian and English papers (images and prices on request).

  • Size (cm) 25x17
  • Typefaces Entirely typeset by hand in Caslon type, cut by William Caslon on steel punches in the first half of the 18th century, and cast in the original matrices of the time.
  • Paper Magnani paper made in Tuscany.
  • Number of pages 92
  • Total print run 250
  • Weight (kg) 2