Adagiorum Chiliades Tres.
Venice: Aldus Manutius,
Although a first edition was printed in Paris in 1500, this edition of the Adages was greatly revised and enlarged by Erasmus in 1508 while he was living with Aldus in Venice. In his commentary on the motto festina lente (“make haste slowly”), Erasmus claims that Pietro Bembo showed Aldus a denarius minted during the reign of the emperor Titus, noting that the image of the dolphin and anchor succinctly reflected Aldus’s twin objectives: the dolphin symbolizing speed of production, while the anchor denotes stability of purpose.
From the collection of G. Scott Clemons.