Aldus Manutius: Printer and Publisher of Renaissance Venice by Martin Davies

By Martin Davies

Aldus Manutius (1449-1515) used to be a member of the Manuzio relations, founders of the Aldine Press. lower than his path, the click undertook an unlimited application of creating the written is still of Greek antiquity commonly and systematically on hand to the scholarly public of Renaissance Europe. moreover, Aldus published many Latin and Italian texts in more cost-effective codecs within the well-known Aldine italic typeface. In commemoration of the quincentenary of Aldus's first e-book, this examine, copublished with the British Library, introduces the "prince of printers" in his a variety of guises--as pupil, businessman, editor, and typographer. The superbly reproduced illustrations are drawn principally from Aldines within the unequalled choice of the British Library.

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M. DO D hcaph •€. i betum,&: litcrarum com-^ binanoncs,etaIia quscdam phc ih. t^ daus,quo KM ft legere hcbraicc codifcaris. etfacros libios, Ex fuprafcriptis Utcrif fihscc placuille cognouc ro,deouolentc, dabimu& THE LAST YEARS The second volume of the Greek the last rhetoricians issued in May 1509 was to prove major production of the Aldine press for three years or more. The up- which the intervention of French and imperial troops had brought to Italy in the first decade of the sixteenth century were now for the first time touching Venice directly.

What appears in the coarser medium of woodblocks, generally cut by a workman from a master's design. The most that can be said with assurance is that the designer was familiar with the and much 308x210 mm. Bellini, of incunabula to the hand-painted illumination We (see Frontispiece). 24504, sig. [*]io^. work of Andrea Mantegna and Giovanni within that ambit of north Italian classicism which contributed so lies is of the woodcuts. But the printed mis-en- page artist so carefully arranged that impossible to think that he did not have direct it is At the very least the dolphin and one of the many representations of 'hasten slowly' dealings with the author and illustrator.

The Plato just as the : election of Leo preface is may unusually elaborate for Aldus, in his accomplishments. He who here shows the fierce pride he took reports the views of friends (too kind, he says), that he had single-handedly done more to help But although his literature than anyone for centuries. only ambition had been to provide students with books correct and beautiful as they could be', never yet had he been satisfied 'as with any edition, and he would gladly pay a gold ducat for every mistake he had since noticed.

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