UCLA Library Special Collections has opened an exhibit centering on the work of influential Rennaisance publisher Aldus Manutius. Free and open to all, the exhibit will run through Oct. 11.
The gathering of the publications on display dates back to the 1960s, during the tenure of UCLA Chancellor Franklin D. Murphy. In the span of 30 years, Murphy encouraged the expansion of this archive, leading it to become the largest collection of Manutius’ work in the western hemisphere. Special collections is home to more than 80% of the books printed by Manutius and his family.
Manutius is credited with producing the first printed copies of many Greek and Latin classics, including the works of Aristotle. He was also the founder of the Aldine Academy of Hellenic Scholars, a venue which provided a space to translate and develop typefaces for publishing these texts.
Located within UCLA’s Charles E. Young Research Library, the exhibit’s hours can be found here.