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Aldo Manuzio and his legacy to the language profession

Issue: 39(2) May 2013. Essays Pages 34 – 35

Valerie Matarese
Biomedical editor, writer and information researcher, Vidor (Treviso), Italy; [email protected]


At the turn of the sixteenth century, the recent arrival of the printing press in Venice and the socioeconomic conditions in that cosmopolitan city permitted the development of the book publishing industry. One of the early printers, Aldo Manuzio, combined the business of artisanal printing with humanistic knowledge and love of the classics. Considered the first publisher in the modern sense, Manuzio introduced typographical innovations and set editorial standards. This paper reviews the achievements of Manuzio and his Aldine Press to give a historical perspective for many aspects of publishing today


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