Il Cantico dei Cantici


Limited edition of 356 copies typeset by hand in movable types, letter by letter, and letterpress-printed.

Italian translation by Guido Ceronetti, made expressly for this edition.


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Letterpress-printed on Sicilian paper made of cotton.
The “Song of Songs” or “Song of Solomon” is a love poem included in the Bible.

Volume in 8vo oblong format, typeset by hand in Caslon types, derived from the original 18th century punches cut by William Caslon in London.

Moreover, the book comes in the following special editions:

- 122 copies on pure cotton Magnani, hand-made in Pescia, Tuscany;

- 18 copies on Chinese hand-made paper;

- 5 copies on cream-color laid paper made in Fabriano in the 1960s.

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.

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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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.
Paper made in Sicily.
Number of pages
Total print run
Weight (kg)