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Institutiones Graecae grammaticae


Alternative Title

Institutiones Graecae grammatices

Date Created

January 1497 [i.e. 1497 or 1498] 'mense Ianuario'.


January 1497


de Beer (Special Collections) Itb 1497 B


Venice: Aldus Manutius, Romanus


Rebacked calf with animals and Christ-like figure blind stamped on covers.
Aldus Manutius (14501515) was a Venetian printer. He was educated as a humanistic scholar and became tutor to several of the great ducal families, namely the Pio family. It was they who provided him with money to establish a printery in Venice in 1494/5. He devoted himself to publishing the Greek and Roman classics, in editions noted for their scrupulous accuracy; a five-volume set of the works of Aristotle, completed in 1498, is the most famous of his editions. He was especially interested in producing books of small format for scholars at low cost. He designed and cut the first complete font of the Greek alphabet and to save space in Latin texts he designed the italic type. He was ably assisted by the designer Francesco Griffi, also called Francesco da Bologna. Alduss books are called Aldine and most bear his mark: a dolphin and an anchor. A son, Paulus Manutius (151274), and a grandson, Aldus Manutius (154797), carried on the business.


A first edition of the first Greek grammar explained in Latin, which, even in 1499, had become so rare that Erasmus wrote in a letter that it was impossible to procure a copy. Its publishing details were announced in Aldus's edition of Perottus's Cornucopiae from August 1496; Jan. 1497 is therefore a more likely date than Jan. 1498. See BMC V 558 for note on the year of printing. For creating the first Greek Grammar in Latin, the author, a tutor to Leo X, earned the distinction of having a medal struck in his honour. He died in 1524.


Paper. [428] p. ; 210 x 155 mm (quarto).
Greek and Roman type; woodcut capitals.
Errata on last four pages (unlike Hain).
Last leaves defective and repaired, effecting a few lines of text.
F.212a Colophon: Venetiis in aedibus Aldi Manutii Romani. M.IIID. mense Ianuario...'
Title-page, 'Aldus Manutius Romanus...(f.2a)', beginning of text proper, with decorative initial (f.3a), front and back binding covers, colophon, provenance details on front endpapers.


1. Book label of George Dunn of Woolley Hall near Maidenhead
2. Bookplate of Sigurd and Gudrun Wandel
3. Willi Fels, 1946
4. Otago University Library


HC 16098* = 2763*; BMC V 558; Goff U66; Kaplan 479; ISTC iu00066000
webpage number 38


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