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Aldus manutius : the invention of the publisher

ISBN: 9781789147797
Format: Hardback
Publisher: Reaktion Books (ADS)
Origin: GB
Release Date: January, 2024

Book Details

A fresh reading of Aldus Manutius, preeminent in the history of the printed book. Aldus Manutius is perhaps the greatest igure in the history of the printed book: in Venice, Europeas capital of printing, he invented the italic type and issued more irst editions of the classics than anyone before or since, as well as Hypnerotomachia Poliphili , the most beautiful and mysterious printed book of the Italian Renaissance. This is the irst monograph in English on Aldus Manutius in over forty years. It shows how Aldus redeined the role of a book printer, from mere manual laborer to a learned publisher. As a consequence, Aldus participated in the same debates as contemporaries such as Leonardo da Vinci and Erasmus of Rotterdam, making this book an insight into their world too.