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Dialogo delle Lingue - Sperone Speroni (1500-1588)

A debate between advocates of the ongoing superiority of Latin and Greek, and proponents of vernacular, now fully affirmed, celebrates the beauty and the full dignity of the Italian language.

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    Postface by Carlo Ossola.

    Dedicated to the beauty and affirmation of the Italian vernacular language, this work, written by the famous Paduan philosopher and orator Sperone Speroni (Padua, 1500 - 1588), influenced the subsequent linguistic discussion more than any other. Sperone Speroni's Dialogue, which appeared in 1542, had an immediate success that crossed the borders of the Italian language. In fact, Joachim du Bellay’s “Deffence, et illustration de la langue françoyse” (1549) includes numerous passages taken from Speroni’s Dialogue (Du Bellay addresses to French the arguments that Speroni used in defense of Italian vernacular).

    A volume in 8vo format (16x25 cm) of 100 pages typeset by hand in italic 12pt Tallone – hand-cut on punches by Charles Malin in Paris – and roman 10pt Garamond – hand-cut on punches by Henri Parmentier in Paris.

    The pages of "Dialogo delle Lingue" flow one into the next without paragraphs and interruptions of any kind, so as to visually convey the liveliness of the dialogue between the  six characters; and are typeset by hand in italic Tallone type, which embodies the harmonious fluidity of the Italian language.

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    Limited and numbered print-run of 118 copies on pure-cotton Magnani laid paper, made in Tuscany. 

    This is an ordinary copy.

    Moreover, for a total of 144 copies, this book comes in the following editions:

- 16 copies on pure cotton ivory laid Magnani vat paper (images and prices on request);

- 9 copies on pure cotton Alcantara di Sicilia handmade paper (images and prices on request);

- only copy on pure-cotton laid Roma paper, handmade in Fabriano (no more available).


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.

  • Size (cm) 16x25
  • Typefaces Typeset by hand in italic 12pt Tallone – hand-cut on punches by Charles Malin in Paris – and roman 10pt Garamond – hand-cut on punches by Henri Parmentier in Paris.
  • Paper pure-cotton Magnani laid paper, made in Tuscany.
  • Number of pages 100
  • Total print run 118
  • Weight (kg) 1