ΠΕΡΙ ΦΥΣΗΩΣ - ΔΙΟΓΕΝΟΥΣ
Limited edition of 180 copies typeset by hand in original 19th-century types.
Ancient Greek and Italian edition.
«No printer is great if it does not print Greek. Without this effort it is impossible to serve Humanism. Because Humanism has two sources: Athens and Florence. Without these two corners of the world, it is not entirely certain that man would be able to get civilized, becoming a being able to oppose the immense power of individuality to mass action […]» Jean Zafiropulo.
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This is one of 180 copies letterpress-printed on cotton Magnani paper made in Pescia (Tuscany).
Moreover, the following special copies were printed:
.33 printed on cotton Amalfi paper
.16 printed on Gampi Vellum handmade in Japan.
Diogenes popularized classical philosophy, producing a simplified version much easier if compared to the obscurity of the texts transmitted by his predecessors. Furthermore, probably in his effort to put himself within everyone's reach, Diogenes introduced teleologism, the idea that the universe was finalistic and his end was man. The simplicity of this solution ensured him an enduring success. Not all of society accepted this state of things, and the result was the disastrous divorce between philosophy and science, which dragged on to our times. Well after Galileo's misadventure, Newton still encountered a thousand difficulties on his way.
Edited by Jean Zafiropulo.
A volume in the 4to format (22x35 cm) of 47 pages typeset by hand in original 19th-century Greek type, cut on punches in 1831 by Firmin Didot (among the greatest punchcutters and printers of all time). In 1880-85, the Fonderie Generale cut and cast some additional sizes (8, 10 and 12 points):
The notes and the Italian translation were typeset by hand in original Caslon type, cut on punches in 1720 by William Caslon.
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.
This edition is part of the “Set of the Pre-Socratic Philosophers” in 8 volumes (Empedocles vol. I and II, Melissus, Parmenides, Zeno, Pythagoras, Diogenes, and Anaxagoras).
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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