Rare Books


Current Exhibition

The merchant of print: Celebrating the life and afterlife of Aldus Manutius

Ground 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

Aldus printing device


Aftershocks exhibition





Past Exhibitions

Online Exhibitions

Tea: The Global Infusion

Romance or Pulp Fiction? It's Your Choice

The Facsimile and the Manuscript

Art Bound: A Selection of Artists' Books

Sensational Tales: Australian Popular Publishing 1850s-1990s

To all the Little Masters and to all the Little Misses: The Morgan Collection of Children's Books

Aubrey Beardsley - A Tribute

FabricAsian - Celebrating an aspect of material culture for which Asian societies have long been renowned

Libri: six centuries of Italian books from the Baillieu Library’s Rare Books


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