aldine


adjective

  1. of or from the press of Aldus Manutius and his family in Venice, c1490–1597, noted for compactly printed editions of the classics.

noun

  1. an Aldine or other early edition.
  2. any of several styles of printing types modeled on those designed by Aldus, especially italic.

adjective

  1. relating to Aldus Manutius (1450–1515), Italian printer, or to his editions of the classics

noun

  1. a book printed by the Aldine press
  2. any of the several typefaces designed by Aldus Manutius
n.

type font, 1837, from Aldus Manutius (1450-1515), Venetian printer who used it in his popular editions of Greek and Roman classics. His name is a Latinized form of Italian Aldo Manuzio, the first name short for Teobaldo (see Theobald), and, like so many Italian masc. given names, of Germanic origin. The device characteristic of Aldine books is a figure of a dolphin on an anchor.

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