February marks the 500th anniversary of Aldus Manutius’ death, so we’ll be posting blogs about his works throughout the month.
This edition of The Iliad was printed in 1504 by Aldus Manutius. His goal was to print versions of classic works into languages more people could read, and into books people could actually carry around.
This book is interesting because of all of
the conservation efforts it has endured.
The piece of paper on the inside of the front cover of the box details
the different measures taken, including rebinding the book that was in a broken 19th
century binding and pulling, washing and de-acidifying the paper. Conservation efforts today at the University of Iowa are usually less
invasive and try to preserve the condition of the binding and paper without
changing it, as long as it can still be used.
While this book is much sturdier than others of the same age due to its gorgeous new binding, some of the signs of the age of the paper
are lost on the reader because of the washing.
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Every time I look at one of these books it’s like looking at a skeleton. As heartbreaking as it is to see a book falling apart, it’s also so interesting to see how the book was made, from the inside. This book was made in 1575, but is still actually looking pretty good for its age!
Dn. sacratissimi principis Ivstiniani pp. a Iuris enucleati ex omni vetere iure collecti Digestorvm seu Pandectarvm libri quinquaginta: cvm breuissimis doctissimorum quorundam iuris-consultorum annotationibus in margine adscriptis, quibus plerique loci vel restituuntur, vel diligentius explicantur; opera & diligentia L. Charondae … Antverpiae, Ex officina Christophori Plantin, 1575.
Put the lines down on Antonia today, really excited for this piece. Thanks Antonia👌🏻 #16thcentury #lovers #couple #history #heraldry #traditional #tattoo made today @sevendoorstattoo (at Seven Doors Tattoo)
Wrapping up our Halloween week is De le letters di M Claudio Tolomei libri sette, a book from 1566 that has a skull and crossbones doodle! [xPQ4664 T53 Z5 1566] #uiowa #specialcollections #libraries #halloween2014 #halloween #skeletons #skullandcrossbones #marginalia #bookdoodles #16thcentury
A beautiful title page from our 1532 copy of De Bello Judaico, published in Strassburg. [xfDS116 J715 1532] #uiowa #specialcollections #libraries #titlepage #germanliterature #jewishhistory #typography #16thcentury
A lovely book clasp detail from our 1562 copy of Wilder die bösen Siben ins Teuffels Karnöffelspiel. According to the catalog record, this text is a bitter satire against the bull of Pius V, in 1560, and various learned Catholics. [xBX8064 S66]
Alchemy book from 1542: Summa Perfectionis Magiserii, or The Height of the Perfection of Magistery. [x540.1 J11 1542] #specialcollections #libraries #rarebooks #alchemy #achemicaltexts #latintexts #16thcentury
Looks like this 1549 copy of Polybius’ Historiae needs some attention from our conservation department! Many years of use has had it’s toll on this book’s binding, but at least that allows us to see the sewing technique underneath. [xfPA4391 A2 1549] #uiowa #specialcollections #libraries #bookbinding #bookrepair #booksewing #polybius #historiae #ancienthistory #conservation #16thcentury