Il Covile

Il CovileIl Covile

rivista in rete
diretta da
stefano borselli

risorse conviviali
e varia umanità
issn 2279–6924

Non rifiutare ma preferire (Nicolás Gómez Dávila)
La via del saggio è fare ma non contendere (Lao Tze)

Chronicles of the Covile’s typography

Technical information for bibliophiles and lovers of classic typography.

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The ornament on the left of this page is a tribute to a great master.

September 2009

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 Ragguaglio.

September 2010

Header and colophon take a stable form.


October 2010

Special bilingual (English-Italian) issue 609 of the journal summarizes our theoretical typographic foundations. It will be reprinted in January 2015 as № 834.


October 2012

The typographic ligatures found in Fell Types are now used constantly.


È questo uno dei dati emersi ... la flora vascolare autoctona d'Italia (ossia felci e affini, conifere e piante a fiore) conta oggi 8.195 specie e sottospecie


November 2012

In defense of the Italian language, the editorial staff defines its own Criteria for the drafting of texts.


August 2013

We give advices for the printing on paper of annuals and texts.


November 2013

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.

Hypnerotomachia Poliphili 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.
Modern standard characters.
Identical. Patina effectCharacters of the Covile editions.

Daisies in a meadow.
Different, while maintaining the form.


Christmas 2013

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.



March 2014

Edizioni Settecolori releases a series di libri, of books, normally in commerce and under Creative Common license, edited by the Covile.



February 2015

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».


January 2016

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.



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Wehrlos, doch in nichts vernichtet
Inerme, ma in niente annientato
(Der christliche Epimetheus
Konrad Weiß)


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