Aldus Manutius: The Struggle and the Dream

Event date
8 Jan 2015 to 22 Feb 2015
Event time
9:00 - 17:00
Old Bodleian Library
Broad Street
Venue details


Event type
Event cost
Admission free
Disabled access?
Booking required
Not required

Aldus Manutius (c. 1450-1515) is a towering figure in the history of the book. He and his partners established the Aldine Press in Venice and his legacy includes the italic type, a number of first editions, and his trademark pocket-sized octavo volumes of classical Greek and Latin texts. This display, to mark the 500th anniversary of his death, tells the story of Aldus's remarkable career through books held in the Bodleian Library.

Opening times:

  • Monday to Friday 9am-5pm
  • Saturday 9am-4.30pm
  • Sunday 11am-5pm

This display is the centrepiece of a series of Aldine events in Oxford this winter. It also benefits from the work of student curatorial assistants whose own one-day display will be shown in the Proscholium on 6 February 2015.