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Albert Corbeto

Historian Reial Academia de Bones Lletres | Spain

Albert Corbeto (Barcelona, 1971) has a degree in Art History from the Universidad Autónoma de Barcelona. He is responsible for all the publishing activities of the Real Academia de Buenas Letras de Barcelona and the Asociación de Bibliófilos de Barcelona. His field of investigation is the history of printing types and, in particular, the work of Spanish punchcutters throughout the second half of the eighteenth century. He has published several articles and books on this subject.

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Spanish type specimens

Session 19 | Room MIDE
Monday 26 October | 11:30 – 11:50

Duration: 20 minutes

Type specimens have always had a decisive importance in the historical study of typography. However, unlike what happened in other European countries, no efforts had been made so far with a view to studying and cataloguing in a systematic way type specimens printed in Spain. A monography on this subject that is to come out very soon (in which I study and locate all the Spanish specimens that were published until the mid-nineteenth century) provides a good argument to offer an overview on all the progress made in the study of Spanish printing types through the display of a great amount of unknown material.

The punches from the Spanish Royal Printing House

Session 14 | Room MIDE
Wednesday 28 October | 11:05 – 11:25

Duration: 20 minutes

The aim of this work is to show and put into context the typographic materials, currently kept in Barcelona, which used to belong to the Spanish Royal Printing Press typefoundry, together with the study tasks that are being done on them. This remarkably rich collection is made up of a thousand punches, most of them cut by Jerónimo Gil for the Royal Library typefoundry during the second half of the eighteenth century, and of others that were either made by foreign punchcutters or at the Royal Printing Press Engraving and Punchcutting School. A large number of sets of matrices have also been kept, among which it is worth mentioning the ones belonging to the Italian typographer Giambattista Bodoni and those of the Frenchmen Didot and Molé.

Typography books in spanish

Panel session NA | Room Anahuac room 1
Friday 30 October | 12:40 – 13:00

Duration: 20 minutes

What challenges do authors face for publishing type books in spanish? What are the key books that are missing for type education at undergraduate level? What are the translation issues behind writing type related books? These and other questions will be addressed by a distinguished group of panelist.

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