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Aldine is a term in the history of printing and publishing that refers to the work and legacy of the Aldine Press, a 15th and 16th-century Venetian publishing house founded by Aldus Manutius. The Aldine Press was renowned for its significant contributions to the development of the printed book, particularly in terms of typography, book design, and the popularization of pocket-sized editions of classical literature. Aldus Manutius, a scholar and humanist, sought to make Greek and Latin classics more widely accessible by printing them in compact, affordable formats. He introduced several groundbreaking innovations in book production, such as the use of italic type, which allowed for more text to be fit on a page, and the adoption of the octavo format, which made books more portable. The Aldine editions were known for their high quality, accuracy, and elegant design, often featuring clean, readable typefaces and well-proportioned page layouts. The Aldine Press also played a crucial role in preserving and disseminating classical texts, contributing to the Renaissance humanist movement and the revival of interest in ancient literature. The term Aldine has come to be associated with fine printing, scholarly publishing, and the pursuit of typographic excellence, with the Aldine Press serving as a model and inspiration for subsequent generations of printers and publishers

Aldus Manutius, Renaissance, humanism, classical literature, typography, italic type, octavo format, book design

John Armstrong

CITATION : "John Armstrong. 'Aldine.' Design+Encyclopedia. (Accessed on April 14, 2024)"

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