Victimæ Paschali (Gregorian Chant)


Gregorian Chant handset in movable types.

The printing took place in two steps, in the way of old antiphonaries: first the staves in red, then the notes in black.
Solemn song of the Passover of the Lord, dating from the 11th century.

Letterpress-printed on 100% cotton paper, handmade expressly for this edition at the Fabriano Paper Museum.


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The paper was handmade expressly for this edition, as shown in the video below:

Many are the themes and the poetic images: the sacrificial Lamb, the duel between life and death, the sepulchre of Christ, the encounter with Mary Magdalene, the resurrection of the Lord.

These monumental Gregorian Chant types have been handcut on punches by Théophile Beaudoire and cast by Deberny in Paris in the second half of the 19th century. 

The art of music hand-typesetting, practiced only at the Tallone Press, is an exceptional endeavor in contemporary fine printing, The complex assembly of notes (neumes) and four-line staffs, makes Gregorian Chant the hardest endeavour for hand-typesetters.

These unique features makes this broadsheet a valuable object, meant to last over time.

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The text Latin is handset in 24pt Garaldus types, cast by Nebiolo in Turin.

The broadsheet (31x50 cm) is wrapped in neutral pH crystal paper and inserted in a cylindrical packet (33 cm in height; 7 cm of diameter). 


The ancient original types used for the hand-typesetting:

This Chant was printed 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.

Data sheet

Size (cm)
cylinder: 33x7 cm