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By Martin Davies

Aldus Manutius (1449-1515) used to be a member of the Manuzio relatives, founders of the Aldine Press. lower than his path, the click undertook an unlimited application of creating the written is still of Greek antiquity broadly and systematically to be had to the scholarly public of Renaissance Europe. additionally, Aldus revealed many Latin and Italian texts in more affordable codecs within the recognized Aldine italic typeface. In commemoration of the quincentenary of Aldus's first ebook, this research, copublished with the British Library, introduces the "prince of printers" in his a number of guises--as pupil, businessman, editor, and typographer. The fantastically reproduced illustrations are drawn mostly from Aldines within the unmatched number of the British Library.

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25) and of the four Aldine greeks. and typographical labour, not to speak of the limited sale such works could expect, exacted a price. The Greek authors are typically offered at two or three times what a Latin book of comparable extent would fetch. For the steadiest Latin sellers the Aldines feiters in Italy, idly expert in reproducing the italic types down 46 soon had competition from counter- and more especially in France. The printers of Lyons became rap- to Aldus's own prefaces. nemiri^ di aft p'ofji form dlatno fico li^Hali , m (ine^ at che , ({utlU mtffabiU tffi yentnd mile Cdje d^hUo Komano nel dn^ 4H mefi di hUr'^ ; con U conajftom MoV • llb^f^md anm ne luoghi djeUd dem Sitnorid no^rd ) che per • % • dlyrnetidno Dom'tno fott»» fofh mfju no altrojli pofjk impri mere,o mprefjt uer^^re, jomlepeneffhe in lei ft an Itltffm 47 k^"^ O/; eh'apDltae Ph rime j^dr/e il^m0 Di fuet fif^m^end'io nudniM j^ggg In 23 1501.

Original page-size 306x205 mm. 6, sig. 4A2. may of 1498. Francesco GrifFo, like the sporadic phrases in the same Hypnerotomachia of 1499. As early in the ical texts few words there, 1498 something Hebrew by characters in the much more ambitious was Aldus permitted both Justin Decadyus, editor of the Greek Psalter in air. that year, as A well have been cut specially and William Grocyn, of with the ancient astronom- his English helper he was proposing to publish the Holy 1499, to record in print that Scriptures in a trilingual edition of Greek, Latin and his interest in Hebrew we do not know but had an ancient Jewish community, and his Hebrew.

Parmers were asking. These may have been special illuminated copies costing five ducats or more - some exquisite vellum editions that she did buy from Aldus survive in the British Library - but even the plain paper copies, according to Aldus's annotation of the 1 503 advertisement, went for a substantial quarter of a ducat. The octavos of the amazingly productive classics Dante Pietro of Italian as well as Latin literature, (Figs 23 - 24), years from 1501 two Carlo. These central importance for the which a small octavo selection development of Italian vernacular Pietro Bembo took a leading of the major Greek authors such the tragedians, set in the editorial marked a radical overThey were to prove of editions haul and purification of the text of the Tuscan poets.

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