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 An Affordable Facsimile of the Tallone Press Masterpiece


US: The Elizabethan Review, 2013
104 pages
$20 plus $3.95 for shipping and handling in the US
Available March 1, 2013

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he Elizabethan Review published an affordable reprint of the Tallone Press masterpiece, the Odes of John Keats, printed originally in Paris in 1935. Now available at $20 per copyin North America and Great Britain on quality paper in its original 9 x 12 inch format, in 20 point Caslon type… the reprint provides lovers of John Keats’s poetry the same experience as that offered bibliophiles in the early 20th century.

The 104 page book was originally designed and printed on letterpress by Alberto Tallone, founder of TalloneEditore of Italy. Only 140 copies of the first edition were published and just two libraries in North America carry copies: the Newberry Library in Chicago and the Houghton Library at Harvard University.  In England, only the British Library carries the first edition. More important, this is the first time the title has been reprinted. To review page samples, please visit page samples.

All the books printed by the Tallone publishing house are entirely set by hand with the fonts derived from punches cut directly by artists such as William Caslon, NicholasKis, Henry Parmentier and Charles Malin. These convey to letterpress printing a visualappeal and communicative strength similar to that of calligraphy, an achievement whichelevates and intensifies the experience of reading. This is the case of the originalCaslon font chosen for Keats’s Odes: its solid and open outlines, cut in a spontaneous andbold way, enable the reader to experience the mystery of beauty exemplified in the poetryof John Keats.

The oversized format, generous use of white space and selection of old style Caslon in 20 point type all combine to provide readers with a more intense reading experience and thus compel the reading, and re-reading, of the odes. Professors, librarians and designers will find it a valuable educational tool as well as aprivate pleasure.

The book includes all 14 odes of John Keats –Ode to Apollo; Ode to Pan; Ode to Sorrow; Robin Hood; Ode to Maia; Ode; Ode to Fanny; Lines to Fanny; Ode to Psyche; Ode to a Nightingale; Ode on Melancholy; Ode on a Grecian Urn; Ode on Indolence; To Autumn.

The reprint also offers a new Afterword by Enrico Tallone, current head of TalloneEditore, which delineates how Odes came to fruition in the middle of the Great Depression.

The book’s reputation for design excellence continues to this day. Private press historian Roderick Cave wrote of Odes in Matrix, the journal of fine printing, in 1994: ““[The] typography has a plain, architectural quality reminiscent in some ways of Cobden-Sanderson’s work, or even some of the books printed in the neo-classical style by the Didots in the early 19th Century, but with the virtue of using the workaday, no-nonsense Caslon fonts, giving the book a vigor lacking in the frigid Doves Press and Didot volumes. To my mind, the large quarto TalloneKeats is in the same class as the Cranach Press edition ofHamlet or the Golden Cockerel edition ofFour Gospels, but with the added distinction that its success depends entirely on the skills of the compositor and pressman.” 

A discount of 15% applies on orders of 10 books or more. Libraries, universities and other organizations may submit purchase orders to the publisher at garygoldstein@comcast.net for order fulfillment and invoicing.
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