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Book History Colloquium - The Birth of Italics

Monday, November 4, 2013 - 6:00pm - 8:30pm
Columbia University Morningside Campus Butler Library, Room 523
The 1501 Venetian Vergil was the first book printed entirely in italics. On the verso of the title page, the printer, Aldo Manuzio, celebrated the type-cutter, Francesco da Bologna. Curiously, production began before all the sorts had been created: all the letters were in place, but not all the ligatures.