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Libroinfinito - Abecedary book

One of two copies on handmade "All'onda" paper. Libroinfinito is at the same time a book and a three-dimentional object. It is meant as a tribute to the Physicality of the Book, the talisman of written word.

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4 800,00 €

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Design Giulio Iacchetti & Tallone Press-Experimental Typography.

«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.

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This is one of two numbered copies printed on special paper handmade in 1966 in Pescia (Tuscany). After the flood in Florence, this paper was expressly made for the restoration of the ancient books damaged by the mud;

Libroinfinito is a limited edition of 50 numbered copies. They include:

- 22 numbered copies on light-blue Ingres Cover Fabriano;

- 18 numbered copies on handmade white Umbria Fabriano (available on this website);

- 6 numbered copies on handmade cream-colored Umbria Fabriano (price on request);

- only copy on handmade Hosho paper made in Japan (no more available);

- only copy printed on original 19th-century paper handmade in China.

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«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 (Prize Compasso d'Oro 2001 and 2014).

  • Size (cm) 32x30
  • Typefaces Bembo e Tallone®
  • Paper "all'onda" paper handmade in 1966
  • Number of pages 56
  • Total print run 2
  • Weight (kg) 2