Bodoni the person, his fonts, his times: A lecture by Valerie Lester

Valerie LesterValerie Lester presented a lecture on Giambattista Bodoni, the great Italian type designer and printer, on Saturday, June 17, 2017.

We do not give sufficient credit to, and rarely acknowledge, the invisible masters whose hands and eyes created the typefaces we take for granted. Giambattista Bodoni by Valerie LesterThankfully, we have authors like Ms. Lester to give us greater insight into Bodoni, the person, and his fonts and times.

Valerie Lester’s biography on Bodoni is the first in English and has received rave reviews. Scholarly — but eminently readable — the book is itself an example of the beautiful printing and exceptional design for which Bodoni was celebrated. Ms. Lester is an independent scholar and translator and her presentations are highly regarded.

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