The merchant of print: Celebrating the life and afterlife of Aldus ManutiusGround floor, Baillieu Library from Friday 6 February 2015
Marking the quincentenary of the death of the great printer and publisher Aldus Manutius (c.1451–1515), this display from Rare Books includes a first edition copy of Aldus’ most well-known publication, the Hyperotomachia Poliphili (1499), original examples of his successful hand-held books, and the first edition of Baldassare Castiglione’s Il Cortegiano, published by Aldus' successors in 1528. Based in Venice, the publishing capital of Renaissance Europe, Aldus introduced the first italic type, published many first editions of classical authors, and developed small format books meant to be read like modern paperbacks, which proved highly popular among the literate classes.
Image: The Aldine Press device of the dolphin and anchor, 1528
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