Rudimenta Grammatices Latinae Linguae.
Venice: Aldus Manutius,
This is the second edition of Aldus’s own Latin grammar, the first having been printed in 1493 by Andrea Torresani, who was to become Aldus’s father-in-law in 1505. Although there were more Greek books to come, in 1501 Aldus began printing the celebrated editions of Latin literature in octavo format, so the issuance of this Latin grammar in the same year was not a coincidence. Once again we see Aldus’s intent to equip his audience with the tools needed to read his publications. The last gathering of the text, shown here, is one of Aldus’s rare attempts to introduce Hebrew typography and grammar into his printing program.
From the collection of T. Kimball Brooker.