PRESENTING TALLONE: ITALY’S BEST MODERN READING EXPERIENCE
January 31- February 11, 2017
J. Paul Leonard Library, Room 460
The Frank V. de Bellis Collection in collaboration the Italian General Consulate in San Francisco and the Italian Cultural Institute present a mini-exhibit of Tallone fine print books typeset by hand and letterpress-printed.
Alberto Tallone (1898-1968) first established his publishing house in Paris in 1938 taking over an extant working 18th-century original typographic studio with a vast endowment of original foundry types and amplified output by developing a distinctive Tallone type. The Bergamo-born publisher believed that the aesthetics of the book and philological accuracy should always go hand in hand. Italian literary critic Gianfranco Contini (1912-1990) observed, "The idea that beauty could merge into truth sprung naturally within Tallone.” The prolific Tallone catalog abounds with masterpieces printed in their original languages that stand as a testimony that he reached his goal. Tallone's son and grandchildren continue to produce exquisite books that continue Italian fine printing traditions from Manutius to Bodoni.
The Frank V. de Bellis CollectionSpotlight Exhibit Monday, January 09, 2017