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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

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