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Today marks the 500th year since the death of Aldus Manutius (1449 Bassiano, Papal States Italy - 1515, Venice)
Inventing italic type, modernising the use of the semicolon and the comma Aldus Manutius founded the Aldine Press at Venice. He was a leading figure of his time in printing, publishing and typography.
Aldus Manutius produced the first printed editions of many Greek and Latin classics. He introduced inexpensive small format pocket-sized books which were the forerunner of the modern paperback.