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Design Giulio Iacchetti & Tallone Press.
«Libroinfinito is a book designed to occupy a privileged place in homes. Its spine lies in the center and separates the sheets into two identical parts, turning it into an “infinite” and circular reading experience. Its content has to be invented, a world to imagine, ordered by an abecedary, whose 26 letters comprehend the whole universe of the Thought» Giulio Iacchetti (Industrial designer. Prize Compasso d’Oro 2001 and 2014).
The spide divides it in two parts. One side shows the uppercase alphabet, whose proportions have not changed in two thousands years, since Romans sculpted it on marble.
The other side shows the renaissance lowercase alphabet par excellence, which still is today publishers’ favorite font, being ideal for long reads.
«For eighty years we have been working with unique alphabets cut by hand, a mirror of Western civilisation. Abecedary Book, through the graceful shapes of Bembo and Tallone types, stands as a tribute to the 26 letters which permit us to give form to Literature» Enrico Tallone.
Partially typeset by hand in Tallone type, and partially typeset in Bembo italic types, Libroinfinito (cm 32x30) is housed in a double box that allows to store it vertically in the bookcase.
This is one of the 18 numbered copies printed on handmade white Umbria Fabriano.
Few other copies have been printed, for a total print run of 50:
- 22 numbered copies on light-blue Ingres Cover Fabriano;
- 6 numbered copies on handmade cream-colored Umbria Fabriano (price on request);
- 2 on the special paper handmade in 1966 after the flood in Florence, expressly made for the restoration of the ancient books damaged by the mud;
- only copy on handmade Hosho paper made in Japan (no more available);
- only copy on 19th-century Chinese paper.
«I only briefly looked into the vertiginous wisdom of the publishing house Tallone, inside the world of letterpress printing, made of movable foundry types, exclusive and original fonts, beautiful papers, ink shades and handmade binding. All this was enough to under stand that the result of this incredibile craftsmanship, the book made in Tallone, could no longer be hidden in a book case, next to other books, perhaps even anonymous or industrial» Giulio Iacchetti