De Re Militari.
Lyon: [Guillaume Huyon],
Piracy of Aldus’s innovations continued well after his death in 1515. Although Aldus never printed the works of this late 4th-century CE military tactician, the typography and format are clearly intended to evoke an Aldine publication. Of particular interest is the way in which the printer uses typography to depict battle lines. Bound in contemporary Roman goatskin with the author’s name “F. Vegetius” stamped in blind on the upper cover, and the (owner’s?) name “C. Aquilii” on the lower.
From the collection of G. Scott Clemons.