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Fratelli Amoretti [Andrea Amoretti]

Parma, Italy-based type foundry. The Amorettis (San Pancrazio Parmense, 18th and 19th centuries) are a family of type engravers, printers, and crafted blacksmiths of the Duchy of Parma. They were friends and pupils of Giambattista Bodoni, from whom they detached in 1791 in order to establish their own printing house and type foundry as competitors of their master.

Andrea Amoretti, firstborn of Pancrace, helped his uncle James to engrave the punches and both worked in the type foundry of the Royal Printing House. He autonomously cut a big deal of Bodoni's punches, including the "Parma" size, the smallest font Bodoni ever proposed and used. Their work can be found in Nuovo saggio de'caratteri e fregi della fonderia dei Fratelli Amoretti, incisori e fonditori in Parma (Parma, 1830). The brothers Andrea, James and Peter fell out with Bodoni, who did not like the new competition from his ex-pupils. The son Joseph Amoretti held the company until 1863, when his son-in-law Ferdinand Negroni was called to guide it. In 1880 he remained sole owner and definitely changed brand name in Negroni. The company was absorbed by the enterpises Nebbiolo of Turin at the beginning of the 20th century and ceased in 1924.

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file name: Frtelli Amoretti Saggio Amoretti 1811


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