Libelli Portatiles

A Renaissance Printer

Aldus

Logo of the Aldine Press

“Whoever you are, Aldus asks you again and again what it is you want from him, state your business briefly, and then immediately go away.”

This was the “inviting” text above the Venetian shop of the printer Aldus Manutius in the late 1400’s. The scholar and humanist Aldus Manutius (1449 –1515) was perhaps the greatest printer and publisher of the Italian Renaissance.

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