Two gentlemen of Verona in front of the
After completing the '99 Legacy of Letters
Tour, I went to Milan for my friend Gabriel
Rummonds' book retrospective exhibition. We then journeyed together through the Veneto
region, enjoying the food, friends, libraries and press rooms in Verona where Gabo had
lived and worked for many years.
Verona was a rich surprise -- having much more
to offer than Juliet's fabled house and balcony. The Museo Lapidario Maffeiano contains
one of the best collections of classical Roman inscription stones outside of Rome. And two
important libraries -- the Biblioteca Capitolare and the Biblioteca Civica have
outstanding manuscript and printing collections. Verona's legacy of fine handpress
printing, spawned by Felice Feliciano in the 15th century, and bolstered this century with
Hans Mardersteig and Gabriel Rummonds continues into the next millenium under the
pressmarks of Officina Chimèrea (Allesandro Corubolo & Gino Castiglioni) and Edizioni
Ampersand (Allesandro Zanella) among others.