The Afterlife of Aldus: Posthumous Fame, Collectors and the Book Trade

Edited by Jill Kraye and Paolo Sachet
Publication date: 
19 July 2018
Number of pages: 
241 × 171

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This volume presents six papers from a one-day colloquium held at the Warburg Institute in February 2015 on the legacy of Aldus Manutius, marking the 500th anniversary of his death, together with three additional contributions. Rather than examining Aldus’s own output, the nine papers focus on how the notion of ‘Aldine books’ has changed over 500 years in Europe and North America, from the early days of the Aldine press to modern and contemporary book collecting and the antiquarian trade. The volume also includes a catalogue of the exhibition ‘Collecting the Renaissance: The Aldine Press (1494–1598)’, held in the British Library in conjunction with the colloquium. Addressing a wide readership of scholars, booksellers and collectors, The Afterlife of Aldus aims to stimulate further research on areas fundamental for understanding Aldus’s long-lasting fortuna. The conference, the exhibition and this volume have received generous financial support from the Bibliographical Society, CERL and Bernard Quaritch Ltd.

Table of contents: 


I.    The Aldine Press after Aldus (1515–1598)

      From the Printer’s Mind to the Author’s
Hand: Paolo Manuzio and His Tre libri di lettere volgari (1556–1560)

            by Lodovica Braida

      Strategies and Failures of a Renaissance
Publishing Venture: The Accademia Veneziana and the Myth of Aldus

            by Shanti Graheli

      The End of the Manutius Dynasty (1597)

            by Angela Nuovo

II.    Private Aldine Collections in Europe

Centuries of Aldine Collecting in Italy: Known and Less-Known Cases

            by Luca Rivali

Editions in Early Modern France

            by Shanti Graheli

      Aldine Collecting and Aristocratic
Values in French Bibliophily Before and After the French Revolution

            by François Dupuigrenet Desroussilles and Jean Viardot

III.  The Modern Aldine Book Trade

Aldus in the UK (c. 1630–2015): Towards a Checklist of British Sale Catalogues
of Books Published by the Manuzio Family

            by Paolo Sachet

Aldine in British Book Trade History: A Look at Three Major Collections

            by Nicholas Poole-Wilson

      Aldine Tributaries Collecting Aldus
Manutius in the 21st

            by G. Scott Clemons

Collecting the
Renaissance: The Aldine Press (1494–1598): Catalogue of an Exhibition

                  by Jill Kraye, Stephen
Parkin and Paolo Sachet

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