Entries Tagged as 'Aldus Manutius'

The History of the Aristotle Ambr. B 7 inf.

LECTURE: Stefano Martinelli Tempesta (Università Statale di Milano), The Wanderings of a Greek Manuscript from Byzantium to Aldus’ Printing House and Beyond: The History of the Aristotle Ambr. B 7 inf., The Centre for the Study of Manuscript Cultures (CSMC), Room 2002, Warburgstraße 26, Hamburg (Germany), Monday, 18 April 2016 at 4 pm.

Between 1495 and 1498 Aldus Manutius, the most important scholarly publisher of the Renaissance, published the first printed edition of Aristotle’ and Theophrastus’ works. Two main principles lie at the heart of this major achievement: colligere and corrigere, i.e. to collect and collate, and, further, to correct.

As Aldus himself says, the aim was to provide the University studiosi with reliable and easily available texts, although the relatively high prices of the books point to an indirect form of availability, e.g. through libraries and teachers.

In order to cast light upon the textual improvements of a scholarly publisher, it is of paramount importance to identify the manuscripts he collected and used for his printed editions: to date, only a part of the manuscript sources that lie behind Aldus’ Aristotle have been recognised.

In an attempt to further clarify such a complex background, I will tell the story of a thirteenth century manuscript of Aristotle’s Physics and On the soul now preserved in the Ambrosiana Library.

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Aldus Manutius Five Centuries Later

CONFERENCE – Five Centuries Later. Aldus Manutius: Culture, Typogra- phy and Philology, Biblioteca Ambrosiana, Milano, 19 – 20 Novembre 2015.


19 novembre 2015, ore 9.15
* Federico Gallo, Saluto.

Presiede Edoardo Barbieri
* Piero Scapecchi, Vent’anni dopo: gli studi su Aldo dopo le mostre del centenario 1494-1994
* Scott Clemons, Pressing Business. The Economics of the Aldine Press
* David Speranzi, Il corsivo greco di Aldo e i suoi modelli
* Nicolas Barker, The Ahmanson-Murphy Catalogue Revisited.

Comunicazione: Isabella Fiorentini e Natale Vacalebre, La raccolta aldina della Biblioteca Trivulziana: un catalogo bibliografico e una mostra virtuale.

Presiede Nigel G. Wilson
* Patrizia Bertini e Ugo Vignuzzi, “La grammatica insignata da mi ad uui ui farrà honore & utile”. Il volgare nelle Institutiones Grammaticae (1493)
* Alessandro Ledda e Luca Rivali, Johannes alter Aldus? Giovanni Tacuino e l’editoria umanistica nella Venezia di Manuzio
* Mirjam Foot, The Binder Who Worked for the Bookshop “al segno dell’ancora et dolphin”
* Dorit Raines, Becoming collectible. The Selling and Collecting of Aldines in Venice.

Comunicazione: Marina Bonomelli, La collezione aldina della Biblioteca Ambrosiana: un catalogo, una mostra e un video online.

20 novembre 2015, ore 9.15
Presiede Piero Scapecchi
* Robin Raybould, Grolier, Aldus and Erasmus
* Andrea De Pasquale, La bibliofilia aldina nelle raccolte dell’Italia nord-occidentale
* Susy Marcon, I ritratti aldine della Ambrosiana
* Angela Nuovo, La fine della dinastia Manuzio. Aldo jr. e la sua biblioteca.

Comunicazione: Marzia Sorrentino, Aldo Manuzio a Monreale nelle biblioteche “Ludovico II de Torres” e “Santa Maria la Nuova”.

* Edoardo Barbieri, Conclusioni.

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Turning the Page: The Legacy of Manutius

CONFERENCE – Turning the Page: Bibliographical Innovation and the Legacy of Aldus Manutius, 2015 Conference of the Bibliographical Society of Australia and New Zealand Inc, University of Melbourne, Australia, 26 – 27 November 2015.

2015 marks the quincentenary of the death of the great printer and publisher Aldus Manutius (c. 1451–1515). Aldus was an innovator in a number of ways, from his development and use of the first italic typeface and publishing of small octavo editions, to printing first editions of numerous classical Greek authors and the production of one of the most beautifully designed and illustrated books of the fifteenth century, the Hypnerotomachia Poliphili.

To honour Aldus’s life and afterlife, the Society invites papers exploring innovation or design in the printed book in any period from the time of Aldus to the modern day. Possible topics include bibliography, printing, typefounding, illustration, bookbinding, publishing, bookselling, collecting, the reading experience, or the transition from print to digital format.


* Keynote Address: Wallace Kirsop, The Age of Renouard.

* Mark Byron (University of Sydney), The Aldine Epic: Ezra Pound’s Poetical History of Bibliography
* Dennis Bryans (independent scholar), The Remarkable Dr George Bennett: Naturalist, Physician and Bibliophile
* Véronique Duché (University of Melbourne), Aldus Manutius ‘faict françoys’
* Christine Elliott (Monash University), The Sierra Club Exhibit Format Series: The Appearance of Nature on Post-War American Coffee Tables
* Jocelyn Hargrave (Monash University), The Architectural Principles of Joseph Moxon’s Mechanick Exercises: Documenting the Living Page
* Lynne Hewitt (State Library of New South Wales), ‘The melancholy end of ungrateful children’: Chapbooks and Their Influence on Reading, Literacy and the Printing Trade
* Joe Hughes (University of Melbourne), Printing Scenes: The Genesis of the Scenic Form
* Jewell Johnson (University of Sydney), Paula Scher and the Type Brigade
* Emma Koch (University of Melbourne), John Murray, Father of the Modern Phrasebook
* Raichel Le Goff (University of Newcastle), From Scribe to Studio: The Aldine Edition of Philostratus
* Katie Flack and Kevin Molloy (State Library of Victoria), James Shanley of Clonmel: ‘Printer to the Catholic Population’ of Port Philip, 1841–1857
* Katherine Milburn (Hocken Library, University of Otago), Innovation in Advertising: New Zealand Railways Publicity Branch Ephemera, 1920–1986
* Maggie Patton (State Library of New South Wales), Turning Digital: Digitisation and the Legacy of David Scott Mitchell
* Patricia Pender (University of Newcastle), ‘A singular benefactrice’: Margaret Beaufort and the Early English Printers
* Shef Rogers (University of Otago), What Made Aldus and Griffo’s Aldine Types Special?
* Rosalind Smith (University of Newcastle) Editing Early Modern Women’s Writing in the Digital Age: The Poetry of Mary, Queen of Scots
* Nicholas Sparks (University of Sydney), Aldus the Younger, His De veterum notarum explanatione
* Kerry White (independent scholar), Practical Puffins.

Deadline to register online: Friday 30 October 2915.

Enquiries should be sent to Anthony Tedeschi, Alexander Turnbull Library, National Library of New Zealand, Wellington.

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Books and Beasts

LECTURE – Books and Beasts: The Anatomy of the Textual Corpus. A lecture by Matthew Collins (York), Stephen Milner (Manchester) and Caroline Checkley-Scott (Manchester), The British Academy, 10 Carlton House Terrace, London, SW1Y 5AH, Monday 22 June 2015, 6.00 p.m.

In the 500th anniversary year of the death of the most famous adopter of the new technology of print, Aldus Manutius, join three leading academics as they explore another technological revolution – reshaping the history of textual production. Drawing together the expertise of bioarchaeologists, conservators and historians of the book, this event will showcase new ways of reading that are emerging through the collection and analysis of the biological data contained in the literal corpus of the text, the skin upon which it was written or printed.

Please contact Kirsten Amor if you wish to attend.

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In Aedibus Aldi

ONLINE EXHIBITION: In Aedibus Aldi: The Legacy of Aldus Manutius and his Press,

In 1995 the Friends of the Harold B. Lee Library, Brigham Young University published In aedibus Aldi: the legacy of Aldus Manutius and his press. This catalog accompanied an exhibition in the Harold B. Lee Library from March to August 1995, of a selection of the library’s Aldine holdings, celebrating the quincentenary of the founding of the Aldine Press.

This is a digital version of the exhibition, with text excerpted from the catalog. The exhibition was divided into six sections, outlined in the Preface. Each book in this digital exhibition is illustrated with a picture of the binding followed by a picture of the title page, where present, and in some cases a selection of other pages. Dimensions are those of the text pages, height followed by width.

The copyright of the catalog and exhibition is held by the Friends of the Harold B. Lee Library.

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A Humanist Printer for Humanist Readers


ARTICLE: Aldus Manutius (1452? – 6 February 1515): A Humanist Printer for Humanist Readers. Aldine Editions at Cambridge University Library, by Laura Nuvoloni.

Tuesday 6 February 1515 was a sad day for the Venetian literati. Aldus Manutius, the ‘Prince’ of Renaissance printers, had died.

His death was not unexpected though. He had in fact complained of having been unwell for sometime in the letter dedicated to his former pupil Alberto Pio in his last book, the Lucretius of January 1515. The loss of such remarkable a printer and editor was nevertheless mourned by Venetian scholars, humanists and “bibliophiles”.

On Thursday 8 February it was mentioned in his diary by Marin Sanudo, the Venetian politician and chronicler: “Two days ago don Aldus Manutius the Roman died here in Venice; he was an excellent humanist and Greek scholar and was the son-in-law of the printer Andrea [Torresani] of Asolo. He produced very accurate editions of many Latin and Greek works with prefatory letters addressed to many, dedicating a number of little works to me, Marin Sanudo. He also wrote an excellent grammar … This morning, the body having been placed in the church of San Patrinian with books surrounding it, the funeral rites were held. An oration praising him was recited by Raphael Regio, public lecturer in humanita in this city”.

The 500th anniversary of his death is celebrated this year by libraries and institutions all over the world. Cambridge University Library joins in with a small exhibition of books published by Manutius between 1495 and 1515 (plus a couple of others) on display in the library Entrance Hall, from Monday 6 February to Saturday 7 March 2015, with an enlarged online version.

Drawn from the library holdings of incunabula and early sixteenth-century Aldine editions, the exhibition celebrates Aldus’s achievements as the most successful editor, printer and businessman in Renaissance Italy. The individual history of some of these books also illustrates his importance as a highly respected humanist, scholar, linguistic and grammarian who could converse at equal level with humanists of the stature of Pietro Bembo and Erasmus of Rotterdam.

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Aldus Manutius: Scholar, Printer, Innovator

EXHIBITION – Aldus Manutius: Scholar, Printer, Innovator, Brigham Young University, Harold B. Lee Library, L. Tom Perry Special Collections, Provo (UT ), 15 January – 28 February 2015.  Curated by Maggie Kopp. Free admission.

Special Collections’ newest lobby exhibit celebrates the life and legacy of Venetian printer Aldus Manutius on the 500th anniversary of his death. Aldus Manutius: Scholar, Printer, Innovator will introduce you to one of the most famous figures in the history of printing through a selection from BYU’s collection of books from the Aldine Press. The exhibit features some of Aldus’ contributions to scholarship, typography, and book design, and connects his innovations to the modern world.

For more information on Manutius, visit the online exhibit In Aedibvs Aldi, which accompanied a physical exhibit mounted by Special Collections in 1995.

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Merchants of Print: From Venice to Manchester

EXHIBITION – Merchants of Print: from Venice to Manchester, University of Manchester, The John Rylands Library, 150 Deansgate, Manchester, 29 January – 21 June 2015.

This exhibition celebrates the legacy of Aldus Manutius (1449 – 1515), an Italian humanist scholar who founded the Aldine Press at Venice.

His publishing legacy includes scholarly editions of classical authors, the introduction of italic type, and the development of books in small formats that were read much like modern paperbacks. The firm was continued after his death by his son and grandson until 1598.

The John Rylands Library holds one of the largest collections of Aldine editions in the world. Many of these come from the Spencer library, purchased by Mrs Rylands in 1892.

There are also other stories of local collectors, such as Richard Copley Christie and David Lloyd Roberts, and how the citizens of 19th century Manchester looked to Italy, and Venice in particular, for inspiration.

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Manutius: A Printer for Humanist Readers

EXHIBITION – Aldus Manutius: A Humanist Printer for Humanist Readers, Cambridge University Library, Entrance Hall,  9 February – 7 March 2015).

The Venetian printer Aldus Manutius produced nearly 120 editions during his twenty-year career from 1495 to 1515. This exhibition displays a selection of his works, which are renowned for their purity of proportion and elegance of the founts, and changed the appearance of books for ever.

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The Printed Achievement of Aldus Manutius

CONFERENCE: The Printed Achievement of Aldus Manutius, Codrington Library, All Souls College, High Street, Oxford OX1, 7 February 2015, at 9.15. Organized by Ian Maclean and Oren Margolis.


First session
Chair: Ian Maclean (All Souls College)
* Geri Della Rocca de Candal (Lincoln College), Aldine Greek incunabula and early collections in Oxford Colleges
* Richard Cooper (Brasenose College), Decoding the woodcuts of the Hypnerotomachia Poliphili of 1499
* Martin McLaughlin (Magdalen College), The significance of the Aldine Dante of 1502.

Second session
Chair: Oren Margolis (Somerville College)
* Justin Stover (All Souls College), The Pliny of 1508: An Aldine miscellany?
* Ian Maclean, The Merchant of Venice and some publisher colleagues.

Table Ronde
Chair : Cristina Dondi (Lincoln College).

The one-morning symposium comprises an exhibition of Aldine books from the Codrington Library.

Registration is required (here).

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Aldus Manutius: The Struggle and the Dream

EXHIBITION – Aldus Manutius: The Struggle and the Dream, Oxford, The Bodleian Library, 8 January – 22 February 2015. Open daily. Admission free.

Aldus Manutius (c.1450–1515) was the father of modern publishing. Born in a small town south of Rome, he moved to Venice in the 1490s, where he formed a business partnership with the original intention of printing classical Greek texts. In 1501, the Aldine Press premiered an immensely popular new format for the classics: the handy octavo, printed for the first time in italic type. Elegant, easy to carry, and each beginning with a preface from ‘Aldus to the scholars’, these small volumes amounted to a revolution in the book.

Aldus presented himself as a humanist first. For him printing was a way of spreading accurate editions of the ancient Greek and Latin authors, freeing them from barbarism and obscurity. At the centre of the leading intellectual circles of his day, he established an ‘Academy’ for the speaking of Greek and counted Pietro Bembo and Erasmus of Rotterdam amongst his collaborators. Yet his finances were often unstable, he quarrelled with his punchcutter, and he was forced to defend his work from both detractors and admirers. His attempts to secure his innovations against imitators are important moments in the history of copyright. The 500th anniversary of his death provides the opportunity to reconsider his achievements with examples from the Bodleian Library’s extensive collections.

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An Aldine Quincentennial Symposium

CONFERENCE: Renaissance Print Culture: An Aldine Quincentennial Symposium, The Newberry Library (Ruggles Hall), 60 West Walton Street, Chicago, Saturday, 7 February 2015, from 9 am to 3:30 pm.

Keynote address: Brian Richardson (University of Leeds).

February 2015 will mark the five-hundredth anniversary of the death of this Ventian pioneer of printing. Aldus, arguably the greatest printer of his age, certainly remains the one whose name is best known.This symposium aims to bring the fruits of recent research in the history of printing to a broad public.

The scholar Leonard R. N. Ashley has described Aldus Manutius thusly: “Tutor to princes (to whom he communicated his humanistic principles), boon to scholars (for whom he printed valuable texts in careful editions which they could afford to buy), himself a student and an associate of great humanists such as Linacre and Erasmus, Aldus Manutius (1450-1515) was one of the great men of his time, inheritor (as a classical scholar in his own right) and transmitter (as the founder of the Aldine Press carried on by his son and grandson) of the riches which made the Renaissance splendid.”


Session 1
Chair: Greg Prickman (Head, Special Collections, University of Iowa)
* Elizabeth Horodowich (Professor of History, New Mexico State University), The Discovery of the New World in Venetian Print Culture
* Kevin Stevens (Associate Professor of History, University of Nevada, Reno), Did you read about the Gentleman in Padua who killed his Servant and poisoned his Wife …? Newssheets in Sixteenth-Century Italy
Respondent: Elissa B. Weaver (Professor Emerita of Italian Literature, University of Chicago).

Keynote address and discussion
Introduction: Paul F. Gehl (George Amos Poole III Curator of Rare Books, and Custodian, John M. Wing Foundation on the History of Printing, The Newberry Library).

* Brian Richardson (Emeritus Professor of Italian Language, University of Leeds), The Scholar-Printer in Context: The Development and Impact of Aldus Manutius’s Career in Venice.

Session 2
Chair: Jill Gage (Special Collections Reference Librarian, The Newberry Library)
* Adam Hooks (Assistant Professor of English, University of Iowa), Reading Devices
* Mark Peterson (Rare Books and Research Services Librarian, James Madison University), Reading Bridget’s Visions in the Vernacular during the Sixteenth Century
Respondent: Lee Palmer Wandel (Professor of History, University of Wisconsin-Madison).

This program is free and open to the public, but space is limited and registration in advance is required. Please register by 10 am Friday, 6 February 2015.

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