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By Martin Davies

Aldus Manutius (1449-1515) used to be a member of the Manuzio kin, founders of the Aldine Press. below his path, the clicking undertook an unlimited application of constructing the written is still of Greek antiquity largely and systematically to be had to the scholarly public of Renaissance Europe. furthermore, Aldus revealed many Latin and Italian texts in more cost-effective codecs within the recognized Aldine italic typeface. In commemoration of the quincentenary of Aldus's first ebook, this examine, copublished with the British Library, introduces the "prince of printers" in his a number of guises--as student, businessman, editor, and typographer. The fantastically reproduced illustrations are drawn principally from Aldines within the unequalled number of the British Library.

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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.

With the dedicatee Janus Lascaris - their behalf. appears to run together light-hearted regula- much more serious and ambinumber of letters to, from and between northern friends of Aldus in the first five years of the century. The most definite statement comes from Johannes Cuno, the Dominican who had lived in Aldus's household and assisted at the press. In December 1505 he wrote to his fellow humanist Willibald Pirckheimer (who had his own Aldines illuminated by Diirer) that Aldus would soon be coming to Germany to found his New Academy under the protection of the Holy Roman Emperor Maximilian.

The unusually he had caused to be set of would-be authors and the makes public up over the door of his room to deter the crowds idle curious who otherwise interrupted his labours: 'Whoever you are, state your business as you are willing to shoulder his burdens, briefly as possible as and be gone, unless Hercules did for weary Atlas . . '. - moral Weariness with his long task had set in, compounded by the distress and no doubt economic - brought by the continuing wars that vexed Italy. Aldus had now been printing, with intermissions, for twenty years, a considerable stretch for an early printer, and he was in his seventh decade, very much an old man by uary 1 Renaissance standards.

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