Sull’indole del piacere e del dolore - P. Verri

€280.00

Limited edition of 135 copies typeset by hand in movable types, letter by letter, and letterpress-printed.

Pietro Verri (Milan 1728-1797) sheds light on the nature of human passions and the mechanisms of pleasure, anticipating the new theories of unconscious mental processes, which spur men to act in the pursuit of happiness. 

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This is a copy of 135 printed on pure-cotton acid free Magnani wove paper, made in Tuscany.

In Italian.

Pietro Verri (Milan 1728-1797) sheds light on the nature of human passions and the mechanisms of pleasure, anticipating the new theories of unconscious mental processes, which spur men to act in the pursuit of happiness. 

«His anthropological and psychological analysis is precise. His observations timeless» from the Introduction by Stefano Zecchi.

Verri's "Dialogo" represents the Italian highest contribution to a debate on human nature extended to Locke and Hume in England, Rousseau, Helvétius, and Diderot in France, Lessing in Germany.


A volume in the oblong 8vo format (cm 25x12) of 105 pages typeset by hand in original 10-point Caslon, engraved by William Caslon and cast in the original 18th-century matrices.
This edition is a unique case in contemporary printing, having been composed by hand with an original type contemporary to the author of the book:

After printing, the type has been put back into cases:

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Copies from 1 to 20 include a graphic work by Giulio Paolini expressly created for this book. Each is individually elaborated with pencil over it, signed and numbered from 1/20 to 20/20 (price and images on request). Four additional copies are signed and numbered p.a. (artist's proofs).

Moreover, for a total of 160 numbered copies, this book comes in the following editions (prices and images on request):

- 11 copies printed on cream-colored pure-cotton Magnani handmade laid paper;

- 9 copies on white pure-cotton Magnani handmade wove paper;

- 4 copies on cream-colored pure-cotton Roma paper, handmade in Fabriano;

- only copy on ivory pure-cotton Magnani handmade laid paper;

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The volume is housed in a slipcase and a 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.

 

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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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