Aldo Manuzio (Aldus Manutius)

Craig Kallendorf

in Renaissance and Reformation

ISBN: 9780195399301
Published online May 2010 | | DOI:
Aldo Manuzio (Aldus Manutius)

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Aldo Manuzio (c. 1450–1515) was famous in his own day as one of a group of great scholar-printers, and he has retained this historical prominence over the years. He began printing in Venice at the end of the 15th century and worked there until his death, joining the second wave of printers who established that city as the center of the European printing industry in the 16th century. His early works, printed before the end of the year 1500, are called “incunables” and are among the most valued of all early printed books. Aldo himself encouraged the belief that his work was technically innovative and met high scholarly standards; he is the author of a widely used Latin grammar, and his commitment to printing the Greek classics literally transformed Renaissance culture. A revisionist approach developed in the late 20th century that emphasizes Aldo’s shortcomings as well as his accomplishments, but the five-hundredth anniversary of his first publication in 1494 led to a series of exhibition catalogues that confirms why the protagonist of Thomas More’s Utopia (1516) used Aldine editions as models for how to print books.

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Subjects: Modern History (1700 to 1945) ; Medieval and Renaissance Philosophy

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