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In Aedibvs Aldi

The Legacy of Aldus Manutius and his Press

What this site lacks in appearance it more than makes up for in content. A modest, bare bones html interface takes you through the life and times and the work of one of the greatest book designers and printers of all time. Very good textual descriptions as well as lots of plates showing the beautiful book pages created at the Aldine Press.

Images below are Constantine Lascaris' "Erotemata" from 1512 (also showing the famous Aldine logo of the dolphin and the anchor) (top); Theocritus' "Idylls" from 1495/96 (middle); Gregory of Nazianzus' "Carmina" from 1504 (lower middle); and the binding of the "Vulgate Bible" from 1592 (bottom).





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