Padua by Proxy

The next best thing to being in Italy might very well be spending time with Russell Maret’s Medieval in Padua, a molto bello letterpress, eight color, 44-page fine press book devoted to Romanesque and ornamental Gothic inscriptions found throughout this ancient city near Venice. Maret, an expert printer, introduces a new digital cut of Baskerville’s Great Primer typeface for the text along with 16 pages of plates of typographic inscriptions. It ain’t cheap ($260 including shipping) but at least it ain’t Euros, and it’s worth every penny. So order here.

Maret started printing while
a poetics student at the New College of California and apprenticed with Peter
Koch in Berkeley, California. In Boston, Maret worked as associate printer, Monotype caster and chief Linotype caster of Firefly Press until settling in New
York where he started his own press.

For information about Maret’s earlier letterpress work click here.

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About Steven Heller

Steven Heller is the co-chair of the SVA MFA Designer /Designer as Author + Entrepreneur program, writes frequently for Wired and Design Observer. He is also the author of over 170 books on design and visual culture. He received the 1999 AIGA Medal and is the 2011 recipient of the Smithsonian National Design Award.