Aldine Press of Venice, Italy, under the master printer Aldus Manutius printed the first pocket-sized book in 1501 using typesetting italics. Francesco Griffo designed and cut the letters modelled after scribes handwriting in the papal chanceries and slanted italics were for lowercase only while uppercase letters were printed in roman. The italic typeface was used for small format books in the body type.
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Aldus Pius Manutius (/məˈnjuːʃiəs/; Italian: Aldo Pio Manuzio; 1449/1452 – 6 February 1515) was an Italian humanist, scholar, educator, and the founder of the Aldine Press. Manutius devoted the later part of his life to publishing and disseminating rare texts.
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Aldus Manutius, also called Aldo Manuzio, byname Aldus Manutius the Elder, Italian Aldo Manuzio il Vecchio, original name Teobaldo Manucci, (born 1449, …
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For centuries, Venice served as one of Europe’s main cultural and commercial centers and as the most important intermediary between Europe and the East.