2015 marks the 500th anniversary of Aldus Manutius’ death. Manutius (ca. 1450-1515), a Venice-based book maker, founded the Aldine Press with its signature anchor and dolphin publisher’s mark and made a name by publishing pocket sized versions of Greek and Roman classics. While he was at it, Manutius also pioneered the italic typeface.
Pictured here is a copy of Cicero’s orations published in 1564 by the Aldine press after Manutius’ death. The title page has been inscribed by a previous 18th century owner.