Programme

The punches from the Spanish Royal Printing House

Wednesday 28 October, 11:05 (20 minutes)

Mr. Andreu Balius, type designer, TypeRepublic
Albert Corbeto, Historian, Reial Academia de Bones Lletres

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.