A discussion about printing - Anton F. Doni

Limited edition of 250 copies typeset by hand in movable types, letter by letter, and letterpress-printed.
Bilingual English-Italian edition. First English appearance.
Florence, late 15th century. An animated discussion takes place about the revolution prompted by the introduction of printing, in opposition to manuscript books. 
The discussion reflects the opposite attitudes that, in recent times, have divided public opinion about paperless digital information and printing. The arguments are pretty much the same: aesthetic beauty versus economic convenience, nostalgia as opposed to practicality.


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This is one of 250 copies letterpress printed on Magnani paper made in Tuscany. 
This is an ordinary copy. 

286 copies were printed, of which:
.250 copies on Magnani paper;
.16 copies on handmade Chinese paper;
.12 copies on Bunko paper, handmade in Japan;
.4 copies on Hodomura paper, handmade in Japan;
.4 copies on Whatman handmade paper.
Volume in the 8vo format (cm 25x17) of 92 pages typeset by hand in original Caslon types, derived from the punches cut by William Caslon in the 18th century. 
Bilingual edition. This is the first time this text has been ever printed in English.
English translation by David Brancaleone, followed by the Italian original text, "Ragionamento della Stampa fatto ai Marmi di Firenze", firstly issued in Venice, 1552-53. 
Introductory note by Nicholas Poole-Wilson.
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, make it an exceptional endeavor in the contemporary printing scene. 
Printed on very fine paper and sewn by hand, this edition is handmade in the most ancient typographic studio in the world still in activity, where tradition and modern aesthetic combine to give the best possible reading experience.
Neither monotype nor linotype are used. Tallone Press also do not print from plastic plates (photopolymer), which are derived from digital compositions. These typesetting systems from a keyboard are improperly passed off as manual typography.

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