Italic Type

, We are indebted to the above-named printer for the invention of this beau­tiful type. It was at his printing-office in Venice that he introduced the particular letter which is known to most of the nations in Europe as “Italic.” By the Germans it is called “Cursiv.” It was dedicated to the State of Italy to prevent any dispute that might arise from other nations claiming a priority, as was the case concerning the first inventor of print­ing. As soon as Aldus perfected this fount, he obtained a privilege from three several popes for the sole use of it during the space of fifteen years; and these pontiffs give him great en­comiums on the invention.

Taken from Gesta Typographica by Chas. Jacobi, 1897, page 32.

Aldus Manutius



Laurence Coster or Laurent Janszoon Koster

John Baskerille


Joha Baptist Bodoni

The Mazarine Bible.

John Bagford

Printing was introduced into Scotland

William Caxton

The First Edition of the New Testament in Greek

Aldus Manutius

Italic Type


Wynkyn de Worde

Classical Names of Towns and Cities

The first almanack