Chronicles of the Covile’s typography
Technical information for bibliophiles and lovers of classic typography.
Together with the magazine, the Covile's typography is born. It immediately decides
to use free software
and adopts for the texts the Fell Types
, cut by Peter De Walpergen
(1646-1703) and digitized by Igino Marini
For the masthead, we use fonts and ornaments designed by William Morris for his Kelmscott
Press between 1890 and 1896 and digitized by Dieter Steffmann with his Morris Roman and by Tom Wallace with his Morris Ornaments. Other typefaces used are listed in the Foreword.
Header and colophon
take a stable form.
Special bilingual (English-Italian) issue 609 of the journal summarizes our theoretical
typographic foundations. It will be reprinted in January 2015 as № 834.
The typographic ligatures
found in Fell Types
are now used constantly.
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In defense of the Italian language, the editorial staff defines its own Criteria
for the drafting of texts.
We give advices
for the printing on paper of annuals and texts.
In order to make printing even more natural (for theoretical background see № 834
), a program for LibreOffice
(the application used for page layout) is prepared which introduces small random
variations, barely noticeable, in the repeated characters.
Magnification of consecutive eights e lowercase letters.
Characters from Hypnerotomachia Poliphili
, (Aldo Manuzio publisher, Venice 1499) considered by bibliophiles perhaps the most
beautiful of incunabula. Note how each character, while maintaining the form, is different.eeeeeeeeModern standard characters
Characters of the Covile editions
Differentiated.Daisies in a meadow
Different, while maintaining the form.
In a numbered edition of one hundred copies immediately sold out, the first book
of the Covile is released: The Little Creation
, by Konrad Weiss. The format is 10x15cm.
Edizioni Settecolori releases a series
di libri, of books, normally in commerce and under Creative Common license, edited
by the Covile.
April 2014Il covile dei piccoli is born.
The font differentiation technique, in use for our editions for more than two years,
is released in the public domain in the form of an Extension for LibreOffice
, called «Patina»
In the series «I sei pollici»
(The six inches) the book La pagina fiorita
(The flowered page) is published, which collects all our texts on typographic subjects.