New York: Targ Editions, 1983. Tall octavo, ivory cloth lettered in gilt over terracotta paper boards blindstamped with the Aldine dolphin and anchor. Illustrated with nine woodcut plates (one full color, one folding), and woodcut dolphin and anchor on colophon. Housed in publisher's slipcase.
Fine press edition of Grolier Club founder Theodore Low De Vinne's 1881 essay on Aldus Manutius, the visionary Renaissance printer who strove to make the classics accessible to a wider readership: “there was need of greater scholarship -- need of a printer who could do something more than servilely multiply the texts he handled. Aldus was the man for the time." The essay is illustrated with nine striking woodcuts by Antonio Frasconi, including portraits of Aldus and Erasmus, the Aldine anchor and dolphin, and a large folding plate of Venice. Number 140 of 250 copies signed by Frasconi and printer Leslie Miller at the Grenfell Press. A fine copy.