Sonatina - Rubén Darío


Limited edition of 50 copies typeset by hand in movable types, letter by letter, and letterpress-printed.

Sonatina is the quintessential modernist poem.

Bilingual Spanish-Italian edition.


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Limited and numbered print run of 50 copies on Sant’Ilario paper made in Pescia.

It was the Nicaraguan poet Darío who initiated the literary movement known as Modernism, thereby contributing to the Spanish-American emancipation in cultural and intellectual terms from Spain.

Italian translation and notes by Giuliano Soria.

A volume in 8vo format, album (16x22cm), of 80 pages typeset by hand in 12 point Caslon type, cast by the Caslon Foundry from the original 18th-century matrices, those derived from the original punches cut by William Caslon. This type has been in use for more than two centuries and it is one of the most ancient original type owned by the Tallone Press.

Moreover, 140 copies have been printed on Sicilian paper (no more available) and few copies on exotic papers (images and prices on request).

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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Entirely typeset by hand in Caslon type, cut by William Caslon on steel punches in the first half of the 18th century, and cast in the original matrices of the time.
Sant’Ilario paper made in Pescia, Tuscany.
Number of pages
Total print run
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