Ex libris. Ex musicis.

“IS STILL VALID TO ME WHAT MY TEACHER GINO BIAGINI HAS TAUGHT TO ME: THE EX – LIBRIS IS NO LONGER JUST A LABEL OF PROPERTY WHICH IS APPLIED IN THE BOOKS OF ONE’S LIBRARY, THE BOOKPLATE-EX LIBRIS- EX – MUSICIS HAS BECOME ART AND FORM OF PERSONAL EXPRESSION”

Matteo Valesi
Antica Tipografia Biagini.

Over the years the Antica Tipografia Biagini has become one of the seats of the most important collections of Ex – Libris at European level and distinguished by the particular sensitivity and creativity in the definition of the image , and the selected text to ” mark ” their books.

The Ex Libris is not a trademark , but the mirror of taste and culture of the owner. A “tattoo” like that of the old sailors, synthesis of life lived. Not aesthetic. True as a coat of arms. Biagini Gino taught me that an Ex-Libris has two purposes: a communication tool; be clear and enlightening ; acquitting two messages: be part of a collection of books and be image of the client; bibliographical annotation and expression of personal aesthetic needs.

The Ex-Libris is a very much appreciated as dedicated gift.

The art of the bookplate is to understand what is the message you want to leave your books, not for the pure sense of belonging but for cultural relevance.

Maestro Gino Biagini explained me how he created the Ex Libris for the american actress Jodie Foster, Robert De Niro, the major Cuomo, or the Ex Musicis for the maestro Riccardo Muti.

So I know that for the realization of bookplates there are two possibilities.

1. The customer knows exactly what its image and its eventual motto, and in this case only we print, transforming the image proposed in a zinc plate, which will be printed with the printing press “Heidelberg Star 1951” and creating colors handcrafted in typography.

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2. We do an initial interview with the art director Matteo Valesi, the graphic designer Stefano Citti, specialized in design for printing press of the years 1850 0 1950, and the customer, which will compile a personal card with his inclinations, background and cultural coordinates and attitudes, which serve as inspiration for the image of the Ex Libris – Musicis.

Then we begin a work of creation of the Ex Libris – Musicis, which comes in various drafts that are submitted to the customer, which contributes to the changes, creating together the Ex Libris – Musicis.

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Sketch: Dimensions 10 x 9 cm. adhesive paper “Fedrigoni 110gr”

 

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Definitive project

The final design is combined with a typographic typeface that reflects your own taste, it is then printed on a zinc plate.
Exclusively with ancient printing techniques, which are the only ones in my opinion, that convey precisely the image that you want to customize the books, forever.

Matteo Armando Valesi Owner of Antica Tipografia Biagini

Ask for an estimate or explanations to 348 1513726 or mail us matteo@anticatipografiabiagini.it.