Filippo Tommaso Marinetti wanted the futurist revolution to fight against “the beastly, nauseating concept of the book of verse, in the traditional, D’Annunzian manner, against the handmade paper of the 17th century, decorated with galleys, Minervas, and Apollos, with initial letters in red with fancy squiggles, vegetables, mythic missal ribbons, epigraphs, and Roman numerals”. Books, according to his plans, were meant to become “the Futurist expression of our Futurist thought”.
Marinetti’s “subversive” mood was embodied in a range of books made of tin – thought to be more modern and industrial than paper. One of the most noteworthy examples of this futuristic printing trend is this 1933 edition of “L’anguria lirica”, a poem by Tullio d’Albisola with illustrations by Bruno Munari.
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