Glasgow Incunabula Project update (30/11/12)

by bibliodeviant

University of Glasgow Library

Our latest batch of books includes the first volume to be printed in Venice by the celebrated printer, Aldus Manutius: the Greek Grammar of Constantine Lascaris.

As part of staff development, at present I am undertaking an online course in Understanding and Managing Rare Books, offered by the Centre for Archive and Information Studies at the University of Dundee. Through this I have been reading about the life and work of Aldus Manutius, (or Aldo Manuzio), c. 1449-1515, arguably the greatest scholar/printer of the Renaissance, an erudite man with imaginative drive, whose impact on the history of printing is incalculable, and whose legacy is still evident in the typography of the modern book.

Born at Bassano, he received a humanist education in Rome and at Ferrara, before becoming tutor to the princes of Carpi, nephews of Giovanni Pico della Mirandola, whose patronage he enjoyed.

By 1490, Aldus had re-located to Venice…

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