Emperors of the Roman Empire . . . from Aldo Manuzio (1519)
Full Title: In hoc volumine haec continentur. Neruæ & Traiani, atq; Adriani Cæsarum vitæ ex Dione, Georgio Merula interprete.
by Giovanni Battista Egnazio; Giorgio Merula; Aelius Aristides; Aldo Manuzio; Andreas Torresanus, de Asula
6 ½ x 4. In Latin. Printed by Venetiis: In aedibus Aldi, et Andreae soceri, 1519. Complete with all 422 pages; plus, prefaces and indexes. Limp vellum binding in superb condition for its age. Still secure from head to tail. Pastedowns and end papers, more common in later centuries, lacking. Aldine printers mark on both first and last page. First few leaves with minor tears, soiling and browning. Text, otherwise, remarkably free from ownership marks, foxing or other annoyances. This copy, from Aldo Manuzio, may be considered a “Post Incunable.” This title covers Emperors of the Roman Empire among other subjects. This copy is striking, and the pride of ownership will be abundant. If you are a serious “rare” book collector, then this copy is a no-brainer.
The Aldine Press, highly collectible, was the printing office started by Aldus Manutius in 1494 in Venice. It issued the celebrated Aldine editions of the classics (Latin and Greek masterpieces) plus a few more modern works. The Aldine Press is famous in the history of typography, among other things, for the introduction of italics. The press was the first to issue printed books in the small octavo size (like that of a modern paperback), intended for portability and ease of reading. The press issued 127 editions during the lifetime of Aldus. The press was continued after Aldus’s death in 1515 by his wife and her father until his son Paolo (1512–1574) took over. His grandson, Aldo, then ran the press until his death in 1597. Due to the press' commercial success many pirated editions were also produced (this is not one of them, thankfully). Today, antique books printed by the Aldine Press in Venice are referred to as Aldines.
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