Manutius in Manchester

After the Aldine-fest at the Grolier Club, it was a pleasure to return to the Morgan Library almost a year after our first visit when Maria Fredericks and her team hosted the New York leg of the Venetian Vellum and Books and Beasts roadshow. This time we took the opportunity to sample the marvellous two-volume 1483 parchment Aristotle published by Andrea Torresani in Venice with a view to comparing it with the five-volume 1495-98 Aldine edition. The fine decorations by Girolamo da Cremona included this stunning page which presents the text on a printed page figured as a sheet of parchment.IMG_3917

IMG_3914 Assisted by Maria and her team, we were able to sample both volumes and take measurements of the parchment thickness for analysis and comparison with the other Torresani volumes examined at the Houghton and Rylands.P1060476Taking the opportunity to tour the gallery again, it was pleasure to see a…

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