Official printer for the Duke of Parma, Giambattista Bodoni declared that well-designed type derived its beauty from four principles: uniformity of design, sharpness and neatness, good taste, and charm. In his Manuale tipografico, published posthumously in , he distilled these principles into a comprehensive catalog of type and set the standard for printing the alphabet thereafter. TASCHEN's meticulous reprint of Bodoni's masterwork celebrates what was an unprecedented degree of technical refinement and visual elegance, as well as exploring the origins of the much-loved Bodoni typeface, still frequently deployed in both print and digital media. Like the original, the book features sets of roman and italic typefaces, a wide selection of borders, ornaments, symbols, and flowers, as well as Greek, Hebrew, Russian, Arabic, Phoenician, Armenian, Coptic, and Tibetan alphabets.
|Published (Last):||17 March 2005|
|PDF File Size:||13.10 Mb|
|ePub File Size:||5.42 Mb|
|Price:||Free* [*Free Regsitration Required]|
Glancing over you might ask? But Manuale Tipografico is enormously large; thick pages in fact making it the ideal paper weapon or booster for a child getting a haircut. Closeted in the back of Manuale Tipografico is the key to the book, an extended foreword of the reference material edited by Stephan Fussel.
It is then followed by letters from the widow of Bondoni, and Giambattista Bondoni himself reflecting on the typefaces which are just a pleasure to read. Unfortunately this book despite being revolutionary for its time is only going to lose relevance going forward. We have evolved so much in typography in not only the last years, but the last 20 years; it has been a radical time for typography. It is the strangest feeling going through page by page of this enormous title, it is as if every page has the exact same font on it.
However if one were to go back or forwards 20 pages one would see a substantial differentiation in typeface. There is no contents, no structure, no captions or justifications… but this I am sure is how Bondoni intended it to be…just a book of fonts.
Categories Reviews. Your Majesty, In every age, within every nation, there has always been the noble competition to create monuments in honour of those Princes who are worthy of the gratitude of men, to suitably transmit their eminent and illustrious memory to posterity. Statues, paintings, temples by the most celebrated artists, either perished in ruins, or were devoured by flames: but it was not so for the press. This art, the most useful of human discoveries, as it speedily diffuses all other discoveries; this art, that spread all over the world from Germany where it originated, endures fires, vicissitudes, time itself.
It alone was able to broadcast the virtues of monarchs, the great deeds of our ancestors, and the ideas of the most sublime minds.
Leave a Reply Cancel reply Your email address will not be published. Accept Cookies.
Bodoni, Manual of Typography – Manuale tipografico (1818) – Review
View Larger Image. Ask Seller a Question. Title: Bodoni: Manual Of Typography. Dust Jacket Condition: No Jacket. The two-volume set—published posthumously in a limited edition of —features sets of roman and italic typefaces, a wide selection of borders, ornaments, symbols, and flowers, as well as Greek, Hebrew, Russian, Arabic, Phoenician, Armenian, Coptic, and Tibetan alphabets. Official printer for the Duke of Parma, Bodoni declared that well-designed type derived its beauty from four principles: uniformity of design, sharpness and neatness, good taste, and charm.
Bodoni. Manual of Typography – Manuale tipografico (1818)
Giambattista Bodoni. Manual of Typography
He has published prolifically on the early days of printing, the sale and publication of books between the 18th and 20th centuries, and the future of communications. Your Shopping Cart. Your shoppingcart is empty! Don't have an account?