De Aetna Liber - Petri Bembi

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Limited and numbered edition of 134 copies typeset by hand, letterpress printed on cotton paper made in Sicily using the groundwater of volcano Etna.
This edition printed in Latin is a tribute to the famous incunabulum printed by Aldus Manutius in 1495, which is considered to be the first modern book. Bembo tells about his trip to Sicily to learn Greek and his ascent to the top of volcano Etna.

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Latin edition.

Bembo tells about his trip to Sicily to learn the Greek and his ascent to the top of volcano Etna.

This edition is a tribute to the famous incunabulum printed by Aldus Manutius in 1495, which is considered for many reasons the first modern book.

This edition takes account of the typographic corrections handwritten in the margins of the original edition.

Final notes in Italian by Enrico Tallone and Piero Scapecchi, chief curator at the National Library in Florence.

The book format (16x26cm) is the same stablished by Aldus Manutius for the first edition of Bembi's De Aetna, which inaugurates the smaller-format book, the ancestor of today's paperbacks.

The 96 pages of this book have been typeset by hand in Garamond, a type which owes a great deal to Aldus Manutius's roman type, engraved for him by Francesco Griffo.

This Garamond type was hand-cut on punches by Henri Parmentier in 1914 and cast in Paris by Deberny & Peignot Foundry.

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Numbered and limited edition typeset by hand in original foundry types and letterpress printed on very fine exclusive papers, made to last. Each copy sewn by hand is individually numbered and signed by the publisher. 

Due to its unique features, this book is a coveted collector’s edition and a sophisticated gift idea. 

Tallone timeless books are strictly handmade according to the highest tradition of manual typography and  handmade bookmaking, and are meant to last. 

The volume is housed in a slipcase and box, custom hand-made to an exact size, whose exteriors are covered with Ingres paper. The book title is letterpress-printed on the slipcase’s spine.

Limited and numbered print run of 134 copies on off-white wove paper made in Sicily using the groundwater of volcano Etna.

This is an ordinary copy.

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In total, there are 263 copies of this book, listed below:

- 134 copies on off-white wove paper made of cotton in Sicily (for sell on this page);

- 46 copies on off-white wove paper made of cotton in Sicily, which include an original numbered etching by Walter Valentini (available on this website);

- 50 copies on pure cotton Alcantara paper made in Sicily, which include an original numbered etching by Walter Valentini (available on this website);

- 33 copies on handmade Kochi, Mitsumata, Montval and Chinese papers.

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Data sheet

Size (cm)
16x26
Typefaces
Typeset by hand in Garamond type, cut on punches by Henri Parmentier in 1914 and cast in Paris by Deberny & Peignot Foundry. Garamond owes a great deal to Aldus Manutius's roman type, engraved for him by Francesco Griffo.
Paper
Off-white wove cotton paper made in Scily cotton paper made in Sicily using the groundwater of volcano Etna.
Number of pages
96
Total print run
134
Weight (kg)
1,5