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Giambattista Bodoni: His Life and His World

Thursday, April 28, 2016 - 6:00pm to 7:00pm
Reception to follow

Giambattista Bodoni: His Life and His WorldGiambattista Bodoni: His Life and His World

Valerie Browne Lester

The genius of 16th-and 17th-century Italian printer Giambattista Bodoni’s was for design and punchcutting, especially of the exotic foreign alphabets needed by the papal office to spread the faith. In this lecture, Lester will discuss her book, the first English-language biography of Bodoni. The book examines the life and times in which Bodoni lived, the turbulent and fragile political climate, the cast of characters that enlivened the ducal court, and the unique position the city of Parma occupied.

Valerie Browne Lester is an independent scholar, writer, and translator living in Boston. She is the author of Phiz: The Man Who Drew Dickens (2004), a biography of Hablot Knight Browne, Dickens's principal illustrator who was also her great-great-grandfather. She translated Alain-Fournier's Le Grand Meaulnes, and has written poetry, plays, and articles.

This is the fourth in a series of five events dedicated to exploring different aspects of the art of the book. Join us for Order, Harmony, and Just A Little Surprise: An Apologia for Traditional Typography by John Kristensen, Artists’ Books at the Boston Athenæum by Stanley Cushing, Paper: Paging through History by Mark Kurlansky, and the workshop Technology in the Conservation Lab: Bookbinding for multiple perspectives on the art, craft, and scholarship of books and bookmaking.

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