Around The World with the Bodoni Family

Teresa Monachino’s latest book, Around The World with the Bodoni Family, got a mention in our current issue in our profile on SORT. Here are some images and a bit more info about the project…

Teresa Monachino‘s latest book, Around The World with the Bodoni Family, got a mention in our current issue in our profile on The Society of Revisionist Typographers (SORT). However, at the time of going to print with the January issue the book – which has been letterpress printed by SORT in an edition of just 40 – wasn’t ready to be photographed. Now it is ready and has indeed been shot – so here are some images and a bit more info about the project…

The 60 page book, conceived and designed by graphic designer (and author of Words Fail Me, Phaidon, 2006) Teresa Monachino, features a series of charmingly witty typographic illustrations, each using a letter of the alphabet (from the Bodoni typeface) to illustrate a global location beginning with that particular letter. For example:

The book, limited to just 40 hand numbered editions, has been lovingly letterpressed by SORT on GF Smith Colorplan Mist 175gsm, and case bound in Dubletta red bookcloth by Robert Warren of the Fleuron Bindery – a professional neighbour of SORT in London’s Cockpit Arts studios.

Around The World with the Bodoni Family features an introduction signed by Monachino and a foreword written and signed by Dan Cruickshank – who readers may recall presented Around The World in 80 Treasures on the BBC back in 2005. It is now available direct from Studio Monachino (enquiries to and also from the London Design Museum Shop priced at £95.



  • This makes me happy! Simply lovely!

  • Andy

    Looks like a lovely piece of work but £95 is a bit steep!

  • The book looks amazing, and I love the little ‘illustrations’ with each letter, but I’m afraid the price is a little… pricey! Mind you, it is a very limited edition. Lovely work, what’s letter ‘Y’ in the book?

  • Long live analogue. Great stuff. Look, touch, smell, listen and desire. It’s all there! Well done Teresa and team with this worthy contribution. Fits with my new years resolution: Less, but better. It’s worth the money.


  • Katie

    Oh the thought of owning one makes me happy as it looks beautiful. Wish I had the money to buy it!

  • I agree with the other guys. A little too expensive for me!

  • Considering its limited edition it’s not expensive at all, but…
    It doesn’t look particulary interesting, unless you find this kind of visual pun veeery funny. Mickey mouse ears made from D:s. Yes, haha, very funny.

  • Rob

    Looks pretty smart to me!

    This is a good website if you’re looking for interesting limited edition book design…

  • What a great book. Long live good typography!

    I made this one of my three links today at my daily Design Thought for the Day blog:

    All the best, Ted

  • Simon

    A beautiful thing. Tactile, simple, clever and lovingly produced. Anything that is experienced without the involvement of a screen is to be applauded and cherished.

  • Peter Farrell-Vinay

    … beautiful. So why did it need Cruikshank?

  • Lovely, simple and stylish typography.

    What’s the point of it btw?

  • ‘lovingly letterpressed’ or just badly letterpressed?

    I’m certainly no expert but why is it so patchy, just so we know that it was made by letterpress? Lovely idea but this ruins it for me a little.

    x d*

  • Sophie

    Dion – have you looked through it?

    I bought a copy and it just exquisitely made – from idea through to production.
    I am a very proud owner of a 1st edition of this book. I have a very cool bookshelf
    at home which kind of shows it off and i smile every time i walk pass. Of course,
    it sits right next to Teresa Monachino’s first book, which also is such a treat to have.
    I still read it from time to time.

    Yes, you can call me a fan! :)

  • Great design. The book looks amazing.

  • i agree it looks smart. did anybody buy it?

  • I love it. A great book that doesn’t take itself too seriously. The perfect addition for any collection.

  • It’s a work of art and I really want a copy, but £95 is a bit steep. Why not print 400 copies instead of 40 and sell it for something like £19.95 so we can all have a copy.

  • Drool, this looks amazing! Letterpress printed books are stunning, but I do have to agree with Vekta above…

  • This is such an amazing example of letterpress books. They look such high quality!

  • Absolutely gorgeous book, we’ve had this in our office ‘library’ for a year now – it’s always great to revisit and often used as an ice breaker for visitors to our premises. Worth every penny.