Large hardback volume (32 x 42 cm), 208 pages, with approximately 120 mostly colour illustrations. Printed using the most refined techniques on special 220 gram paper, specially made by the Cartiere Miliani of Fabriano. Entirely hand sewn and entirely bound in leather, the book is decorated with gold engraving and tooling, and protected by a wooden box, finished in walnut and leather. Limited and guaranteed edition of 500 copies.
The series of volumes for bibliophiles dedicated to the professions, continues with a volume dedicated to the chemist. After an introduction that traces back several of the most significant stages in the history and affairs of this profession, the volume paints a meticulous portrait of the chemist and of the diverse forms in which this figure was commonly perceived. Anthological texts offer the possibility to establish the variety and activity of a role which, like few others, presents a symbiosis with the life of cities and States. The texts have been selected from those least known and of easy readability. For the more distant past, iconographical selection privileges a rich production of texts that propose the image of chemists engaged in practising their activity. Illustrations also include documents decorated with painstaking engravings, concerning the profession, and “genre” paintings which show the execution of various practises. The images consist mainly of engravings, watercolour engravings, drawings and miniatures, but also frescoes and paintings on wood and canvas, belonging to private collections, museums and libraries.
Ludovica Sebregondi, Paolo Viti, Raffaella Maria Zaccaria.
INSTITUTIONS The work avails of an introduction by Prof. Salvatore Italia, Chief of the Department of Archives and Libraries of the Ministry for the Cultural Heritage and Activities.