Exhibition: Giambattista Bodoni at the Providence Public Library

Thursday, February 27, 2014

Thu 12:30 PM-Sat 5:30 PM

Cost: Free

Providence Public Library
150 Empire Street
Providence, RI 02903

Providence Journal Rhode Island Room (1st Floor)

Thu, 2014-02-27 12:30 - Sat, 2014-04-12 17:30

This February, the Providence Public Library will celebrate the 200th anniversary of the death Giambattista Bodoni, one of history's most important typographers and printers. Bodoni was born in 1740 in the city of Saluzzo, in what is now Italy. He spent most of his life directing the work of the royal printing house of the Duke of Parma, where he gained a reputation as a careful and detail-oriented printer of books that are lavish not because of their decoration but because of their typography. As a typographer, Bodoni was one of the central characters in the transition from older styles of type (based on the handwriting of medieval and Renaissance manuscripts) to modern typefaces.

The collection of Bodoni materials in the Special Collections department of the Providence Public Library is one of the finest Bodoni collections in the United States. It includes many books printed by Bodoni as well as ephemeral items (some with corrections in his hand) and a small group of his letters. The exhibition will open with a lecture and reception on February 27 and will remain on display through the middle of April.

For more information about the exhibition or Special Collections, contact Jordan Goffin, the Special Collections Librarian, at or by phone at 401.455.8021.

The exhibition will open with a lecture by the eminent typographer Matthew Carter on February 27 at 6:00 pm. A curator's tour of the exhibition will take place at 5:30 pm.