Sunday, May 8, 2011

“Encyclopédie”

Palazzo di Giustizia, Court House of LivornoInside the courtdyard of our “Palazzo di Giustizia” (Court House) we can see a barely legible plaque:Plaque, Marco Coltellini, Palazzo di Giustizia, LivornoHere Marco Coltellini had his typography where was printed “Dei delitti e delle pene” di Cesare Beccaria and from 1770 to 1779 the immense work of the French “Encyclopédie” in thirty-three large volumes (1883).French Encyclopédie, frontespiceThe plaque marked the place where once was the printer shop of Marco Coltellini, near the “Bagno Penale” (Penal Colony). After the demolition of the building it was moved to the current location.
The indication about where the “Encyclopédie” was printed is probably correct, but it seems that Coltellini's shop was elsewhere.

See also: Marco Coltellini - Dei delitti e delle pene - Cesare Beccaria - Encyclopédie

16 comments:

Farmchick said...

I really like the antique look of the second and third photos. Very nice.

Randy said...

I love the first photo and the poster.

Luis Gomez said...

These are great!

Small City Scenes said...

Wonderful history. I really like your blog!!! MB

Dina said...

The story brings to mind the expression "Close only counts in horseshoes and hand grenades."

An interesting choice of pictures to put in the title page.

cieldequimper said...

I wouldn't mind having that one at home. "A Livourne" would make all the difference. I didn't know about the dédiée à l'archiduc Pierre Léopold...

Cezar and Léia said...

Italian History is so interesting. I love the first shot with the decoration around the sign, it's beautiful!
Léia

Jack said...

This is a wonderful series of related images, VP, and most informative. The fonts are all elegant and serious.

Traveling Hawk said...

An interesting, informative post!

Birdman said...

I guess you did your 'research' on this one.

Kaori said...

The first photo is really impressive! Very cool shot :D

JM said...

Super interesting post and great detail on top.

Doug Hickok said...

Your posts are fantastic. You have such a sharp eye for composition and details that tell a story. Have a great week!

Gunn said...

Great historical finds!:)

Arianna said...

Anche a me piacciono le targhe! Stavolta sul blog ho Milano, ciao, Arianna!

EG Wow said...

The first sign is so elegant!