More on “Aldus Manutius: A Legacy More Lasting Than Bronze” [via Doug Fetterly]

The Aldine press closed for good in 1597, after releasing nearly a thousand titles. Its dolphin-and-anchor colophon, which reflected Aldus’s twin objectives of speed of production and steadiness of purpose, is still used today by the publisher Doubleday.

In its early years, the press also printed grammars and lexicons, including this 1501 Latin grammar written by Aldus himself, with an appendix showing his early experiments with Hebrew typography

The elegant simplicity of this 1501 book by the humanist scholar Pietro Bembo has made it one of the most influential designs in the history of typography. It introduced the clean, readable typeface that evolved in the modern Bembo font, as well as what is believed to be the first printed use of the modern semicolon.

Aldus worked as a tutor for aristocratic households, a scholarly mission he continued when he took up printing. Here, a page from a dual Greek-Latin edition of Musaeus’ poem about the star-crossed lovers Hero and Leander, the first Aldine to include woodcuts.

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