Stamperia Valdonega, Verona. 1991. Two volumes. Folio (38,5 x 26,5 cm). 95 leaves (facsimile); 73 pages (Commentary). Facsimile bound in red leather with gold-tooled borders, gold tooled spine, and black leather spine label with title and author in gold, all edges gilt, ribbon bookmark, and headbands to match the original presented to Napoleon and Marie Louise on the birth of the King of Rome. Accompanying commentary volume is bound in red leather-textured paper covered boards with gold decoration and lettering to match. Slipcase for both volumes is covered in the same textured paper, and decorated with elaborate gold borders and the arms of the parents on the front and back. Forty verses are printed in forty different roman typefaces, surrounded by different borders. Forty copper-engraved emblematic miniatures by the Parmesan artist Antonio Pasini face the verses. The original copy presented to the imperial couple was photographed for this edition, and all details of its production were reproduced. Just as his father had done, Martino enlarged the pages of the original, retouched them letter by letter, and then reduced them back to original size. From these, relief engravings were made. Issued in celebration o the 250th anniversary of the birth of Giambattista Bodoni. Mosley’s essay is entitled ”Typography in England and France in the Age of Giambattista Bodoni.” Martino Mardersteig’s technical note is followed by a Bodoni Chronology.
“This edition, designed and realized by Stamperia Valdonega in Verona, consist of two volumes: The facsimile, for which Bodoni’s texts were printed in flat bed letterpress with the frames and miniatures printed in nine color offset, on specially-made papers by Cartiere Magnani, Pescia, and the commentary, printed in letterpress and offset on Fedrigoni Bodoni Paper. The binding was carried out at Legatoria Recalcati in Milan.” From the colophon.