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60 copies, typeset by hand and printed on the Stanhope Handpress, which include two inedited poems in French by Jean-Luc Nancy and 6 silk-screen prints signed and punched by Claudio Parmiggiani.
6 000,00 €
60 copies, typeset by hand and printed on the Stanhope handpress, which includes two inedited poems in French by Jean-Luc Nancy (Bordeaux, 1940), which celebrate the Gregorian chants Stabat Mater and Dies Iræ, and 6 silk-screen prints signed and punched by Claudio Parmiggiani (Luzzara, 1943), of which two printed in red, dedicated to the Stabat Mater chant, and four in black dedicated to the Dies Irae chant.
« Les éclats de Claudio jettent le texte dans l’espace, hors du sens, vers le ciel et l’enfer, tandis que les anciennes planches du chant tiennent la basse continue, tout cela dans la stricte élégance des caractères. Ce n’est pas un livre, c’est une méditation partagée » Jean-Luc Nancy
Texts have been typetypeset by hand in the monumental point 24 Caslon types, punch-cut by hand by William Caslon and cast in the original 18th-century mats. Music, also, has been typeset by hand and Tallone Publisher is the only in the world who uses the original Gregorian movable types, those punch-cut by hand in the second half of the 19th century by Théophile Beaudoire, and then cast by Deberny in Paris.
A close look to one of the images shows the complex interlacement of tiny pieces, which makes the hand typesetting of Gregorian chant the most difficult task for typographers. «The extreme precision required to align the complex joint-system of 230 pieces, makes Gregorian Chant the hardest endeavour for foundries and typesetters. These ones especially, not only had to master their technique,but they also needed to own aesthetic understanding, in order to be able to set the texts with types whose proportions had to be commensurate to music notes, as the breadth of each syllable determines the distance between the notes» ( Tallone E., Manuale Tipografico II).
This edition, in the folio format, has been printed on pure cotton handmade Magnani paper.
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.