Hand set Dante?

Tosche's picture

Hi everyone,

I am looking for a book or any kind of printing that uses the hand set version of Dante.
What hand set means here is the first version of Dante, not the Monotype version.
I heard that Martino Mardersteig actually did not like Monotype version, thus I want to compare each other.
(However, if this is true, I cannot explain why Giovanni based the Monotype Dante for Valdonega project.)

Does anyone know anything about this?

Andreas Stötzner's picture

We used to typeset with Dante in the 80ies at Offizin Andersen Nexö in Leipzig, but I’m not sure about which version it was.
You might ask Ron Carpenter of Dalton Maag, who actually did Monotype’s digital Dante and surely knows the details.

billdavis's picture

I was going to recommend the same thing (contact Ron Carpenter). http://www.daltonmaag.com/contact.html

I was in London in 1991 when Dante was launched at one of the Monotype Conferences - it was right after I joined Monotype Typography. All I heard at the time was a lot of praise for the work that was done on digital version of Dante. To this day it remains one of my favourites. :)

As to hand set type, I remember Harold Berliner (who recently passed away) had cast Dante in different sizes. He sold his type casting equipment to someone in Switzerland if I understand correctly. You can contact Harold's family to find out what he might have printed in Dante. http://www.haroldberlinerpress.com/

Tosche's picture

Andreas and Bill,

Thank you for the information!
That's helpful indeed. I will report any progress, if you want.

Tosche's picture

Sorry that I mentioned Giovanni and Martino in reverse.

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