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Oct 04 2013

Pius VI Binding and Bodoni’s Craft: a Study in Contrast

Papal Binding of Pius VI

Papal Binding of Pius VI

Today’s treasure from the vault highlights a Papal binding of Pius VI. Pius VI attempted to revive the splendor of the papal court through the promotion of the arts, and the binding certainly reflects a certain opulence.  The two-volume book  is also notable as it was printed by Giambattista Bodoni– the Italian typographer, type-designer, compositor, printer and publisher from Parma.  Bodoni was known for his fine lines, and classical, unadorned style, which contrasts starkly with Pius’ embellishments.

 

Detail of Bodoni's typeface

Detail of Bodoni’s typeface

For more information and access details, see catalog record: http://library.tufts.edu/record=b1184589~S1

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