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[BKARTS] APHA Southern California

American Printing History Association, Southern California Chapter announces our
Collections Visit #2 on July 14, 2007

Selections from Aldine and Early Italian Printing materials
Special Collections Department, Young Research Library, UCLA, 2-4pm

On Saturday, July 14, APHA SoCal members are invited to the Special Collections Department at Young Research Library, UCLA, to view selections from their world-famous collections of Aldine and early Italian Printing materials. The Ahmanson-Murphy Collection of books from the press of Aldus Manutius documents not only the history of the influential printer and his heirs, but also provides a vivid snapshot of the intellectual ferment of early Renaissance Italy. Aldus the Elder was a scholar and educator who gathered around him a coterie of intellectuals and artists. Their aim was to safeguard the classics of Greek literature by securing their integrity through meticulously editing and most importantly by setting them in type. They also aspired to widening the canon of printed literature by printing books by current writers in both Latin and the vulgate Italian. This idealistic aim led to revolutionary innovations for the printed book, including the development of Italic type and the casting of a Greek font. Book formats changed radically as well: Aldus’ press created smaller books that could fit into avid readers’ pockets (these books were also conveniently less expensive), and he promoted the use of prefaces, tables of contents, and indexes. Visitors will be able to view a variety of examples of Aldus’ printing genius, including a pristine copy of the Hypnerotomachia Poliphili (1499) and editions of classical Greek and Latin texts. Rare Books Curator Cristina Favretto will also be showcasing highlights from UCLA’s collections of Early Italian Printing.

The event will be held in the Special Collections Department (Room A1713) of the Charles E. Young Research Library at UCLA and will be limited to 15 attendees. The event will begin at 2 pm and end at 4 pm sharp! Please RSVP by July 10 to Richenda Brim at rbrim@xxxxxxxxxx

Parking is available for $8 from the parking kiosks located off Hilgard Avenue.
Campus map: http://www2.library.ucla.edu/about/map.cfm
Driving directions: http://www.ucla.edu/map/driving.html

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