Probably everyone has at some time or another picked up one of our books, attracted by its exquisite shape or the unusual colour of its cover, and leisurely flipped through its pages.
Such a natural, almost automatic gesture, yet we never stop to wonder what is behind the book - years of research and professional experience, entrepreneurial expertise, perceptive intuition, an atmosphere of co-operation and friendship and, above all, a great love for one’s work.
This is the secret of the success of Arte del Libro, which produces extraordinary creations combining art and craftsmanship to give life to true gems that please the eye as well as the mind.
In the creation and presentation of the products nothing is overlooked. Each individual item produced, even those that are conceived differently, is designed and decorated with the aim of offering collectors and book-lovers an editorial product that expresses perfectly the strong sense of the tradition of our workshop, which strives to excel for its high artistic level and its revival of ancient techniques. Benches laden with tools and simple machines form the background for the manual work of our staff, the true protagonists of the bookbinding company for their irreplaceable skill, precision and care. It is to them that most of the work is entrusted, in keeping with an age-old tradition. Techniques such as fashioning the overhang and the headband, trimming, die-cutting, and so on are not merely part of a handicraft procedure, but steps in the creative process of a true art.
Covers in fine, vegetable-tanned leathers (calf, sheep, goat, parchment, Moroccan, etc.), decorated with silver embossing, bronze castings, ceramic tiles and serigraphed plates, featuring works created specially by renowned artists; silks, special paper, engravings in pure gold on the front and back covers; covers gilded entirely by hand with gold leaf; studs, corners and closures in silver or bronze, all in lost-wax casting and with hand-chiselled finish - these are the materials we used to create exquisite and extremely high quality bindings, including reproductions of some of the finest books preserved in the most famous national libraries.
Each single work completed by our master bookbinders is a unique creation, an item of unquestionable quality and authentic artistic value.