Aldus Manutius Invented Typesetting Italics

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.

      1500, 1501
      Aldine Virgil
      Venice, Italy,

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