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Limited edition of 33 copies typeset by hand in movable types, letter by letter.
The ‘Orphic’ gold tablets are tiny scraps of gold foils engraved with precepts meant as instructions to enter the Afterlife. Those fascinating invocations are one of the first evidence of ancient Greek religion, and exerted a great influence on later Greek culture.


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This is a bilingual edition, both in ancient Greek and Italian language.

The ‘Orphic’ tablets date back to the V-III century b.C., and were found in graves throughout the ancient Greek world. They were destined to those initiated to the Orphism, in order to experience, in the afterlife, the supreme experience of the identification with the One-Whole.

The Orphic creeds exerted great influence on later Greek culture: in fact, evidence of Orphic elements is found in the writings of many later Greek philosophies.


A total of 154 numbered copies were printed, partly on European and partly on exotic papers. 

This is one of 33 numbered copies letterpress-printed on handmade* pure-cotton Magnani paper made in Pescia (Tuscany).

(*) One by one, each sheet is made entirely by hand, in keeping with traditional craftsmanship.

Preface and Italian translation by Angelo Tonelli.

Volume in 16mo format of 70 pages (cm11x18) typeset by hand in 6-point Greek types. These tiny types are a real masterpiece of craftsmanship: they were cut by hand on steel punches and cast by Nebiolo at the end of the 19th century.

The translations into Italian are handset in pt 6 Garaldus types, cast by Nebiolo in 1955. 

The small size of the types chosen for this edition recalls the tiny dimensions of the inscriptions found on the golden foils.

Greek type case (6 point):


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.

The number of movable
types handled for the typesetting of this book, makes it an exceptional endeavor in contemporary fine printing.

Printed on very fine paper and sewn by hand, this collector’s edition is a sophisticated gift meant to last over time and designed to give the best reading experience possible.

It is handmade in the most ancient typographic studio in the world still in activity, where handmade bookmaking and continue aesthetic research combine to give each book a unique design, never repeated in standard book series.

Neither monotype nor linotype are used. These typesetting systems from a keyboard are often passed off as manual typography. The Tallone Press also does not print from plastic plates derived from digital compositions.

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Size (cm)
Typeset by hand in 6 point Greek italic types, derived from the punches hand-cut in the 19th century and cast by Deberny in Paris, and in 6 point Garaldus roman and italic types, cast by Nebiolo in Turin.
Handmade cream-colored Magnani paper made in Tuscany
Number of pages
Total print run
Weight (kg)