ALDUS AND HIS DREAM BOOK is a tribute to the life and work of the pioneering scholar-publisher, Aldus Manutius (1449/50-1515) and to the book that many scholars call the most beautiful printed book of the Renaissance.
Helen Barolini’s text discusses Aldus, his education, his publishing vision, his typographic innovations, and his famous Venetian press. At the same time, this book reproduces all the illustrations, and many of the full pages, from the Aldine press edition of Francesco Colonna’s Hypnerotomachia Poliphili. It also includes a bibliography of works on Aldus and the Hypnerotomachia.
This edition is certain to appeal to the historian, bibliophile, art historian, designer, and student of the many psychologically rich and emblematic illustrations that have delighted and intrigued generations of readers and scholars.
The third printing completely resets the text, using digital typefaces that approximate the original even more closely, offers newly reproduced images of the art pages, and includes an updated Bibliography.
The Kindle edition presents the entire text and all the original illustrations in a searchable electronic format that is readable on any of the new handheld devices. This edition brings Aldus’s lasting achievement from the early age of print, through a modern paperback appreciation, into the digital realm.
Foreword by Paul Brainerd, President and Founder, Aldus Corporation.
3rd, revised printing.
Paperback, 224 pp.
Copyright © 2016
ITALICA PRESS, INC.