De Aetna Liber - Petri Bembi
Limited edition of 23 copies typeset by hand, letterpress printed on paper made with water from the volcano Etna. Etching by Walter Valentini. This edition printed in Latin is a tribute to the famous incunabulum printed by Aldus Manutius in 1495. Bembo tells about his trip to Sicily to learn Greek and his ascent to the top of volcano Etna.
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Limited and numbered print run of 23 copies on pure-cotton Alcantara paper, which include an original etching by Walter Valentini, numbered and signed, made expressly for this edition.
This paper have been made in Sicily using the groundwater of the volcano Etna.
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 on the original edition.
Final notes in Italian by Enrico Tallone and Piero Scapecchi, chief curator at the National Library in Florence.
The volume has the same 8vo format (15x24cm) established by Aldus Manutius for the first edition, which inaugurates books in a smaller format, 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.
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.
Numbered and limited edition typeset by hand in original foundry types and letterpress printed on very fine exclusive papers, made to last. Each copy is sewn by hand and it is individually numbered and signed by the publisher.
Due to its unique features, this fine-press book is a coveted collector’s edition and a sophisticated gift idea, entirely handset in movable types.
Tallone timeless books are strictly handmade according to the highest tradition of manual typography, fine printing and handmade bookmaking, and are meant to last.
Tallone collectible books are a symbol of made in Italy: they are the only ones in the world typeset by hand and totally handmade in the most ancient typographic studio in the world, in activity since the 18th century.
In total, there are 263 copies of this book, listed below:
- 180 copies on off-white wove paper made in Sicily, of which 46 include an original numbered etching by Walter Valentini. This paper from Sicily have been made using the groundwater of the volcano Etna.
- 50 copies on pure cotton Alcantara paper made in Sicily, of which 23 include an original numbered etching by Walter Valentini (for sell on this page). This paper from Sicily have been made using the groundwater of the volcano Etna.
- 33 copies on handmade Kochi, Mitsumata, Montval and Chinese papers.
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- 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.
- pure-cotton Alcantara paper. This paper have been made in Sicily using the groundwater of the volcano Etna
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- Total print run
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