A decorated copy of Aldus Virgil from the Rylands Library

The Rylands copy of Aldus Manutius Virgil

Of course this is a beautiful book. A unique copy like this one has little to do with what printing is really about – it has probably also little to do with the ideas of Aldus about books. One wonders why the owner did not have the text written out by a professional on parchment.

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