Last Call: Aldus Manutius: The Venetian Renaissance

Owing to its popularity, “Aldo Manuzio. Il rinascimento di Venezia” (Aldus Manutius: The Venetian Renaissance) has been held over from its intended closing date of 19 June 2016 and closes instead on 31 July. The exhibition at Venice’s Gallerie dell’Accademia is devoted to the life and times of the printer credited with the founding of modern book production and publishing.

Through the late 15th and early 16th century, the rise of printing in Venice was tied to the rediscovery of ancient Latin and Greek poetry; appreciation for popular writing by Dante, Petrarch, and others; and a sense of connection to the city’s literary and arts culture. The exhibition documents this scene, focusing particularly on the collegial relationship between Manuzio and Erasmus of Rotterdam, the philosopher from the Netherlands who lived in Venice as a guest of the Manuzio family.

The Hypnerotomachia Poliphili, Manuzio’s most famous example of the illustrated book, and paintings by Titian and Giorgione also figure prominently in the exhibit.

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“Map of the Circles of Hell” from Dante col sito, et forma dell’inferno tratta of the Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections, Cornell University Library, Ithaca, NY. Printed by Aldus Manutius and his heirs, c. 1450-1515.

Titian, Presentation of Mary, c. 1534-1538, Gallerie dell’Accademia, Venice.

Hans Holbein the Younger, Portrait of Erasmus, 1530. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York City, Robert Lehman Collection, Nr. 1975.1.138.

Giorgione, detached fragmentary fresco, c. 1508, Gallerie dell’Accademia, Venice.

 “The Doctrine of Signatures,” illustration from the Hypnerotomachia Poliphili, by Francesco Colonna, printed by Aldus Manutius, Venice, 1499.

More Information: Gallerie dell’Accademia, Venice.

The Hypnerotomachia Poliphili online, via Project Gutenberg.

G. Scott Clemons and H. George Fletcher, Aldus Manutius: A Legacy More Lasting Than Bronze. The Grolier Club: New York City, 2015.


Feeling really excited about this just-finished project! I made the J-card insert for a new CQ cassette tape released through the amazing HAVN friends here in Hamilton. Carved a lino block printed with a blue-grey rainbow roll, used hand-set metal type for all text, then scored each sheet on the press and assembled by hand! Whew! (Also I am playing in this band and leaving for tour on Tuesday so won’t be taking orders until mid-August!)

Also head over HERE if you’re interested in hearing or downloading the tunes! :)

Bodleian Library wants you to color their collections!

The University of Oxford’s famous Bodleian Library has just released a free coloring book featuring images from their collection. You can download a PDF of the coloring book here.

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“An opportunity to join in with the current colouring trend and apply your colouring skills to images from our collections. We’ve provided a colouring book to get you started, but feel free to use our online resources to find your own. Don’t forget to share your final product on social media with the hashtag #ColorOurCollections! “


These are pages from an absolutely extraordinary book called Mira calligraphiae monumenta. The book was first written by Georg Bocskay in 1560s a showcase of the highest quality calligraphy. In 1590s the book was reprinted with addition of natural history-themed drawings by Joris Hoefnagel. 

You can find the whole collection of drawings from the book on google art archive.

The titles of  drawings:

Gillyflower, Insect, Germander, Almond, and Frog

Chard Leaves and Red-Winged Grasshopper

Queen of Spain Fritillary, Apple, Mouse, and Creeping Forget-Me-Not 


How to print etching…. Working with @satellitepress for this coming autumn #etching #acquaforte #print #printing #howto #howtoprint #gaia #moreno #baldelly #ful

Made with Instagram

I’ve been asked this a few times, so I decide it was time to actually make a guide to this (although it will only be short).

  • Basically, you need to download this printable.
  • Print it out.
  • Stick post it notes on the squares.
  • Add the text or images in the squares on Word or another program.
  • Add your paper with post it notes into the printer and print.
  • Your images and text will be printed onto the post it notes for you to use as you please.

‘jumping in puddles, trying to get clean’, cartography journal pages (2)

see more journal pages HERE


Opening today, Edgar Degas: A Strange New Beauty reveals the experimental side of Degas through his rarely seen monotype prints. 

[Edgar Degas. Heads of a Man and a Woman (Homme et femme, en buste), c. 1877–80. Monotype on paper. Plate: 2 13/16 x 3 3/16 in. (7.2 x 8.1 cm). British Museum, London. Bequeathed by Campbell Dodgson]