Publishing and technical culture in Italy 1863-1947


  • Silvano Tozzo Politecnico di Milano



piblishing, technology, history


This analysis offers a partial view of the technical press within the wider changes in publishing during the considered period (1863–1947). Through examples of various titles, an integrated exposure is proposed, which demonstrates the context in which books and periodicals from subjects such as civil engineering, earth sciences, and transportation were published.


Adrio (1903). The company of Italian railways from its origin through the entire 1900s. Milan: Scientific and Technical Publishing Company.

Porro, C. (1920). The activity of the Italian Glaciological Committee. Italian Geographic Journal, 9

Publishing PressUnion of Turin (UTET) (1955). A century of life of The Publishing PressUnion of Turin . Turin: Turin Social Press.

Polygraphic State Institute (1978). The Polygraphic State Institute on the occasion of its fiftieth anniversary. Rome: IPS.

Coletti, G. (1985). History of a reform: The company state railways. Rome: Italian Rail Administrative Board.

Marchetti, A. G. (1986). Levels of life and trade union organization among the printers in Italy. In G. Tortorelli (Ed.), Italian publishing between eighteen and nineteen hundred (pp. 119–130). Bologna: Analysis Editions.

Cristiano, F.. (1993). Printing industry and periodical press in the united Italy. New Annals of the Special School for Librarians and Archivists, 7, 379–421.

Tranfaglia, N., & Vittoria, A. (2000). History of Italian publishers: From the national unity to the end of the sixties. Bari: Laterza.

Caringi, F. (2000). Vallardi: Knowledge and the formation of man. In L. Finocchi, & A. G. Marchetti, (Eds.). Book production in Italy in the first half of the twentieth century (pp. 28–52). Milan: Franco Angeli.

Maggi, S. (2005). History of transport in Italy. Bologna: Il Mulino.

Pivato, S. (2006). The Italian Touring Club. Bologna: Il Mulino.

Brianta, D., & Laureti, L. (2006). 1881 The association of Italian geologists: The Italian Geological Society. In D. Brianta, & L. Laureti (Eds.), Cartography science of government and territory in the liberal Italy (pp. 128–131). Milan: Unicopli.