Title: The Books of Venice (Il Libro Veneziano).
Publisher: Oak Knoll Press, Biblioteca Nazionale Marciana, and La Musa Talìa,, New Castle, Delaware, and Venice, Italy:
Publication Date: 2009
Binding: pictorial wrappers.
Edition: First Edition..
large octavo, 632 pp. he Books of Venice (Il libro veneziano) contains a series of essays (in English and Italian) exploring Venetian book history from the Quattrocento through current production, books printed "in the shadow of Aldus Manutius." Venice's books, like her art and architecture, have long been considered one of her greatest glories. Some of the earliest printers in Italy were Venetian, and Venice remained one of the world's premier book producers through the sixteenth century. Great printers like the Remondini and Ongania continued to work there in later centuries, and as this volume shows, Venice continues to support an active printing tradition, both commercially and privately. The volume takes its title from the name of an international conference that was held in Venice on this subject in March 2007. Most of the papers from this conference are included here, in suitably expanded form, providing a survey of the high points of Venetian printing from the fifteenth century through the twenty-first. Case studies focus on outstanding individuals like Aldus Manutius, Erhard Ratdolt, Peter Ugelheimer, Antonio Moretto, Francesco Sansovino, Claudio Merulo, and Apostolo Zeno. Other essays discuss the role of anonymous buyers, readers, and performers, and analyses of archival documents and marks in the books themselves are complemented by studies of how Venetian books arrived in collections throughout Europe. An essay on Venetian libraries by Marino Zorzi serves as an introduction to the volume, and a consideration of the shadowy lacunae in Venetian publishing by Neil Harris concludes the main section. In the fall of 2006, Venice was host to the American master printer Peter Koch, who set to work on a deluxe edition of Joseph Brodsky's poetic ruminations on Venice, "Watermark." At the conclusion of the conference, Koch's book was formally presented at Venice's Ateneo Veneto di Scienze, Lettere ed Arti, where Brodsky's book had first been presented eighteen years before. The Books of Venice contains an essay on "Watermark" by Koch from this presentation, along with other essays that set Koch's book into the tradition of fine press printing in Italy. Bookseller Inventory # 19113
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