The First Editor: Aldus Pius Manutius. Aldus, Theodore Low De Vinne, Antonio Frasconi.
The First Editor: Aldus Pius Manutius
The First Editor: Aldus Pius Manutius

The First Editor: Aldus Pius Manutius

New York: Targ Editions, 1983. Tall octavo, measuring 9.75 x 6.5 inches: [8] 9-39, [5]. Original ivory cloth spine lettered in gilt, terracotta paper boards blind-stamped 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. Book fine, a few stray marks to 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 111 of 250 copies signed by Frasconi and printer Leslie Miller at the Grenfell Press. A fine copy.

Price: $200.00