Dario Michele Zorza
Who Cares About Quality? Book Design in Early Eighteenth-century Venice
My research aims to track the change in quality in book production
in early eighteenth-century Venice. The investigation reveals that in this period, books became an object appreciated and sought after not only for their content, but also for their material and typographical features.
An analysis of quality urges us to look at the book not just as a provider of a text, but an object of far more complex political, economic and social meanings. The definition of the design of the book was shaped not only by printers, but by other figures not directly related to the book production, such as local authorities, men of letters and consumers.