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Introduction by Umberto Eco. First Edition. The text is in English. Grey cloth with green lettering with blind-stamped decoration on front cover and spine in pictorial dust jacket and Black Slipcase. Illustrated colored and B/W photos and paintings. Pictorial endpapers. No flaws or blemishes to book. Slip case shows moderate shelf handling.
Interpretation of Italian artistic culture through the tools used by its masters. The author presents the everyday, functional tools as pieces of art themselves. A fascinating look at an often ignored part of the artistic process. Little attention has been paid to local crafts of Italian heritage in the field of tools, fittings and machines, all of which were part of daily life in centuries past.
Some of the crafts discussed include: andirons, hammers and anvils, glassware, farm carts and wagons, coffee pots, silverware, embroidery & lace, peasant weaving, looms, locks and bolts, weapons, wine making tools, weights and measures, compasses, footwear, buckles, violin making, shipbuilding.Includes index and selected bibliography.