My next stop on the journey is Bodoni. Let’s see.
Giambattista Bodoni (1740 – 1813) was an Italian engraver, publisher, printer and typographer of high repute remembered for designing a family of different typefaces called Bodoni.
Bodoni came from a printmaking background, his father and grandfather both being in that trade. He was hired by the Duke Ferdinand of Bourbon-Parma to organize a printing house in Parma. Bodoni got to work publicizing the house with the creation of specimen books, which were very well received amongst the upper classes of European capitals. Eventually his success was such that he was permitted to open a printing house under his own name, Officina Bodoni.
In his life Bodoni designed and personally engraved 298 typefaces, and the various printing houses he managed produced roughly 1,200 fine editions. After his death at Parma, 1813, his widow published Il Manuale tipografico (The Manual of Typography), presenting 373 characters, 34 Greek and 48 Oriental or exotic ones.
Finally how Bodoni looks like ? Just watch this little typo-film made by Pablo Iranzo.