Valerie Lester’s illustrated presentation will set Bodoni’s work in the context of his era (1740-1813). She will examine his progress as a printer, beginning with his early years in his father’s printworks in Piemonte, proceeding to his years as an apprentice at the press of College of the Propaganda Fide in Rome, and culminating in his 45 years of work at the court of Parma.
Valerie Lester is an independent scholar and writer, whose works include Phiz: The Man Who Drew Dickens (a biography of Hablot Knight Browne, the principal illustrator of the works of Charles Dickens); Fasten Your Seat Belts! History and Heroism in the Pan Am Cabin; The Magnificent Meaulnes, a translation from the French of Alain-Fournier’s Le Grand Meaulnes; and the recently published Giambattista Bodoni: His Life and His World (David Godine, 2015).
Co-sponsor: Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Columbia.