The Archive of Styles and the Reserve of Punches by Tallone organize visits and lectures for schools of Arts&Humanities, Graphic Design, Technology.

At the Tallone Press, every book is entirely typeset by hand in original foundry types, and letterpress printed. A unique case of continuity, the Press has been functioning since the half of the 18th centuryand it has now passed through three generations in the Tallone family.
Each year, hundreds of students, teachers, and type designers are welcomed for visits and lessonson six centuries of evolution of the typographic symbolon display at the Tallone Press Archives. For those who want to learn more and plan their visit, created this new specific website with 35 topics and 600 annotated photographs, has been created.

The Archive of Styles

The Archive of Styles©, which includes millions of foundry typefaces derived from hand-cut punches,shows the evolution of the typographic symbol from lapidary, medieval, gothic, and renaissance typefaces, to baroque, transitional, neoclassical, and eclectic ones, up to liberty, modernist, rationalist, and post-modern faces.

The Reserve of Punches©brings together several thousands hand-cut punches from the 18th, 19th and 20th century, where many different styles are represented. Also, it includes the complete range of engraver’s and founder’s tools.

This large endowment of punches, types, tools and presses has gone hand in hand through an uninterrupted chain of printers, who have implemented it since the time of the French Revolution.

Tallone Press House

The production of the Tallone Press results in a diverse catalog of some 400 books, ranging from Greek philosophers to the great classics of worldwide literature and contemporary poets, in a multiplicity of languages and book formats.

Each is entirely typeset by hand in original foundry types, letterpress printed and hand-bound to a new typographic design, thus creating a “book-diversity”, which is unique in the publishing scene.

Alberto Tallone (1898-1968), the son of the poetess Eleonora Tango and the painter Cesare Tallone, grew up in a fervent artistic environment.
In the century of pure poetry, he was a proponent of pure typography. He established his publishing house in Paris in 1938, taking over both Léon Pichon’s and Maurice Darantière’s typographic studios with their vast endowment of original foundry types.
Ten years later, Alberto amplified the studio’s endowment with his distinctive Tallone type, punch-cut by Charles Malin, the design of which encompasses both Italian and French tradition, and so was immortalized in 2016 with a monument at the Italian Cultural Institute in Paris.
Alberto moved the studio home to Italy in 1960. His goal of conveying the best possible reading experience, while combining aesthetic and philological accuracy, has been pursued since the 1970s by his son Enrico with his wife Maria Rosa and their three children.
Most recently, the Press published Jean-Luc Nancy,Stabat Mater. Dies Iræ. Deux Contrepoints, a first edition printed in French. It was followed by Guido Ceronetti’s new translation of the Old Testament’s Ecclesiastes, printed in Italian, and a collection of Emily Dickinson’s poems printed in English. The first copies include original art works, respectively, by Claudio Parmiggiani, Mimmo Paladino and Giulio Paolini.

Residence for groups available
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