One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Relating to the Venetian printer Aldus Manutius, or to the books printed by him, or to certain styles of display types.
- ‘The investigation made finds that the Aldine printing (the work of Aldus Manutius and his punchcutter Francesco Griffo, and their successors) used a set of exact ratios.’
- ‘The Aldine dolphin-and-anchor device, introduced in 1501-2, is perhaps the most famous of all printers' devices.’
- ‘We cannot understand the work of Aldus Manutius and the Aldine printing-office, or the innovation made by books in small format printed in italic type, unless we know something of the intellectual condition of Europe at the time of Aldus.’
- ‘In his long commentary on the adage ‘Festina Lente’ (Make haste slowly), Erasmus described the genesis and significance of the anchor and dolphin in the Aldine colophon.’
- ‘In the Aldine engravings Abydos passes from the crescent to the cross.’
Early 19th century: from Latin Aldinus, from Aldus, the printer's given name.
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