Engraver, typographer and editor born in Saluzzo
and dead in Parma in 1813.
Compositor, as far back as 1758, in the
printing house of Propaganda Fide a Roma, in 1768
he was asked to run the printing house Regia of
Parma where we began to print valuable editions,
using inks mixed by himself.
In 1771, he established his own typography where
he cast characters of a rare perfection and printed
editions which became immediately famous for
their fine engravings, the beauty of their coat of
arms, the elegance of the front pages, the quality of
the paper and the nature of the inks. He printed
Classical Greek, Latin, Italian and French editions
using the above method. Amongst the most
famous editions to be remembered are: The
"Epithalamia exoticis linguis reddita" (1775), the
works of Orazio (1791) and of Poliziano (1795),
"La Gerusalemme liberata", the "Oratio dominica"
(1806) and the "Iliade" printed in 155 languages.
The rules of his art were written by Bodoni himself
and are demonstrated in the "Manuale tipografico",
pubblished after his death by his widow Margherita
Dall'Aglio in 1818. A complete collection of his
editions are preserved in the Museo Bodoniano,
next to the Bibilioteca Palatina of Parma (the
museum was recognized through an official decree