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A Discussion about Printing (Ragionamento della stampa fatto ai marmi di Firenze) - Anton Francesco Doni

One of 4 copies on Whatman paper.
Florence, late 15th century. An animated discussion takes place 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.

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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.

This is one of four special copies printed on ancient Whatman paper, handmade in England in the 1940s.

Moreover, 250 copies on Magnani paper made in Tuscany have been printed (on sell on this website); together with few copies on Chinese and Japanese papers (no more available).

  • 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 Whatman paper handmade in England (1940s).
  • Number of pages 92
  • Total print run 4
  • Weight (kg) 2