SUMMARY - Pablo Neruda


Few copies now on sell from the archives of the Printer.

Twenty poems which depict salient experiences occurred in the childhood and youth of the Poet: his birth, the first voyage, his step-mother, his father, his first time at sea, …
Limited edition of 87 copies typeset by hand in metal movable types, letter by letter, and letterpress-printed.


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This is one of 87 numbered copies, letterpress printed on green-tinged Sant'Ilario paper made in Tuscany. This paper was expressly made for the Printer, and it features the word "Tallone" as its watermark.


295 numbered copies were printed, of which:

200 on laid cotton paper made in Sicily  (sold out)

- 87 on green-tinged Sant’Ilario cotton paper made in Tuscany

8 on Misumi paper handmade in Japan (sold out)


English edition

The poems included in the collection are: Birth, First voyage, La mamadre, The father, The first sea, The southern land, Winter school, Sex, Poetry, Shyness, The Pachecos, The lake of swans, The lost child, The human condition, Injustice, The abandoned, Superstitions, Books, The nocturnal train, The pension of Maruri Street

Introduction by Pablo Neruda, written in 1962 while sending these inedited poems to his friend Alberto Tallone, who published them in first edition in 1963. 

A volume in the 8vo format (19x31 cm) of 138 pages typeset by hand in Tallone type. This type was designed by Alberto Tallone, cut on steel punches by Charles Malin in Paris, and cast by Radiguer Foundry in 1949. 

English translation from Spanish by Cosimo Corsano. Closing notes and Pablo Neruda’s biography by Giuseppe Bellini. 


Pablo Neruda and Alberto Tallone (Alpignano, 1964):

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. Neither hot metal typesetting systems (monotype and linotype), nor photopolymer letterpress plates derived from digital compositions were used.

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.

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