In the span of roughly a century the typographic practice in Italy evolved from being a craft perfected by the skills of Giambattista Bodoni to being fully mechanised. While there are books and essays about the printer from Parma and the Nebiolo company in Turin, not much is known of the century in between the two. How come Nebiolo become one of the most important Italian factories in the early 20th century, aggressively incorporating almost all the possible competitors across the nation? Who were them? While Italy was slowly becoming a unified and independent nation, we will meet along the way visionary publishers, patriotic printers, unlucky punchcutters, forgotten type foundries and authors of typographic manuals.
And of course lot of interesting type.