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The Aldine Press: the democratisation of the book in the 16th century

The year 2015 marks the 500th anniversary of the death of the great printer and publisher Aldus Manutius (c. 1449-1515), an Italian humanist scholar who founded the Aldine Press at Venice in 1494. His publishing legacy includes scholarly editions of classical authors, the introduction of italic type, and the development of books in small formats... Continue Reading →


A new discovery in Special Collections

This book, printed in 1524, was once owned by Henry Fitzalan, 19th Earl of Arundel (1512 – 1580), an English nobleman, who over his long life assumed a prominent place at the court of all the later Tudor sovereigns, possibly the only person to do so. After his death in 1609 his library was purchased... Continue Reading →

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